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Justin Barnard (right), the 2013 winner of the Carla D. Sanderson Faculty of the Year Award, accepts the mace from last year's winner, Gavin Richardson. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Justin Barnard (right), the 2013 winner of the Carla D. Sanderson Faculty of the Year Award, accepts the mace from last year's winner, Gavin Richardson. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.May 3, 2013 – Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 3 at the annual Awards Day chapel service.

The Carla D. Sanderson Faculty of the Year Award went to Justin Barnard, associate professor of philosophy and associate dean of the Institute for Intellectual Discipleship. Tina Netland, administrative assistant to the senior vice president for student services and dean of students, was awarded with the Gary L. Carter Staff of the Year Award.

Others award recipients:

The Barnabas Leadership Award promotes the ideals of servant leadership in the Union community. Recipients are awarded $500 each and asked to designate $100 to the charitable agency of their choice. This year’s recipients were Savannah Hari and Caleb Creel.

The Bettye and Kermit Whiteaker Freshman Biology Award, which is presented to a freshman biology major or minor with outstanding scholastic achievement, was presented to Gray Harrison Magee and Hannah Grace Richardson.

The Bettye and Kermit Whiteaker Chemistry Award, which is presented to a freshman chemistry major or minor with outstanding scholastic achievement, was presented to Lyndi Elizabeth Strange.

The Bill Truex Award in Computer Science was presented to Luke Wynn Ferguson.

The Broadman and Holman Award, given annually to a graduating senior who is deemed to have the greatest potential for significant contribution to the field of ministry, was presented to Ryan Andrew Linkous.

The Dr. Bill Bouchillon Psychology Excellence Award, given to an outstanding graduating senior with a grade point average of 3.5 or greater in psychology and selected by the psychology faculty, was presented to Joshua Lambert Morgan.

The Kyle L. Hathcox Memorial Physics Award, given to a junior or senior either majoring or minoring in physics, was presented to Jonathan Mark Eldridge.

The Curtiss E. Scott Business Excellence Award, which is presented to the outstanding senior business major as chosen by the faculty of the McAfee School of Business Administration and the members of the Business Club based on both academic and leadership achievement, was presented to Sarah Whitley Hill.

The Service Through Engineering Award was presented to Jon Vunk and Jonathan Gwaltney.

The Fred DeLay Memorial Award, for a senior who is an outstanding athlete, a person of high academic standing, unquestionable loyalty and good character, was presented to Brett Barry.

The John C. Moore Award for excellence in academics and athletics was presented to Stefanie King and Benjie Fesmire.

The Kina S. Mallard Communication Arts Student of the Year Award was presented to Samantha Adams.

The Georgia Wilson Memorial Award for Clinical Nursing, which is presented to the member of the graduating class who is deemed by the nursing faculty to have been the most outstanding in clinical nursing, was presented to Elsie Krinsky.

The Greek Scholarship Cups, which are awarded annually to the two social fraternities with the highest average, were presented to the men of Lambda Chi Alpha and the women of Chi Omega (for the 66th consecutive year).

The Helen Blythe Creative Writing Award, which is presented by an endowment of Union University’s Women’s Club to the graduating English major who has demonstrated outstanding originality in writing during his or her Union University career, was presented to Michael O’Malley.

The Dr. James Alex Baggett History Research Paper Award, which recognizes the best original research papers presented in regularly scheduled history courses for the current academic year, was presented to Mary Ellen Whitten Poe.

The Intramural Male Athlete of the Year was Brett Barry. The Intramural Female Athlete of the Year was Laura Evers.

The Nora Smith Barker Student Teachers of the Year Award is presented to the student teacher chosen who has demonstrated the highest degree of skills and attributes considered characteristic of outstanding teachers and shows the greatest potential for professional achievement. The Elementary Student Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Alexandria Lee Browning. The Secondary Education Student Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Chad Buckley.

The Wolfram Award in Computational Science is sponsored by Wolfram Research Inc. and chosen by the department of mathematics and computer science. It is presented each year to a freshman calculus student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, enthusiasm, ingenuity and creativity in mathematics. This year’s award was presented to Benjamin Walker.

The Howard Newell Innovative Teaching Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated creativity and innovation in classroom teaching. Selections are made by a faculty committee. The award winner was Gavin Richardson, professor of English, with honorable mention to Georg Pingen, Terry Blakley and Nita Mehr.

Academic Excellence Medals were presented by Union to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in each discipline, provided the student’s GPA in the major is not less than 3.50. A student minoring in a discipline in which there is no qualifying major or in which no major is offered is also eligible for a medal. The following students received medals for academic excellence:

Major in Art – Anna Kate Weekes
Major in Biology – Ryan David Mantooth
Major in Cell and Molecular Biology – Liane Patricia Gozmao
Major in Conservation Biology – Taylor Christine Maylott
Major in Chemistry – Katherine Elizabeth Shelnutt
Major in Broadcast Journalism – Jacob Peter Melder
Major in Digital Media Studies – Kathleen Elizabeth Cooper
Major in Journalism – Amelia Elizabeth Krauss
Major in Media Communications – Benjamin Victor Haws
Major in Public Relations – Kathryn Elizabeth Moore
Major in Computer Science – Jordan Lee Haskins
Major in Engineering – Rachel Nicole Carbonell
Major in English – Whitney Lynn Williams
Major in History – Mary Ellen Whitten Poe
Major in Intercultural Studies – Stephanie Grace Smith
Major in Sociology – Molly Elizabeth Priddy
Major in Family Studies – Amanda Michelle Rutland
Major in Applied Linguistics – Josiah Lowell Hubin
Major in French – Lydia Elaine Kitchin
Major in Spanish – Cara Danielle Myatt
Major in Teaching English as a Second Language – Rebecca Ellen Thomas
Major in Mathematics – Jessica Lee
Major in Music – Helen Nicole Rowley
Major in Music Performance – Jonathan Gregory Hines
Major in Music Education – Erika Paige Sitton
Major in Physics – Michael Lam
Major in Political Science – Kylie Ann McDonald
Major in Psychology – Jeffrey Allen Paul
Major in Accounting – Jana Nicole Whiteside
Major in Business Administration – Sarah Whitley Hill
Major in Economics – Mary Ellen Whitten Poe
Major in Organizational Leadership – Gary Wayne Bailey
Major in Learning Foundations – Rebecca Ellen Thomas
Major in Elementary Education – Alexandria Lee Browning
Major in Special Education – Julia Paige Marshall
Major in Athletic Training – Keaton Hailey Kirk
Major in Physical Education and Health – Thomas Cole McAdams
Major in Sports Management – Brett Jordan Botta
Major in Sports Medicine – Sara Darlene McHenry
Major in Social Work – Natalie Jane Schklar
Major in Nursing – Lisa Renee Newmann
Major in Biblical Studies – Mark Daniel Waite
Major in Biblical Studies-Languages – Charles William Miller III
Major in Christian Studies – Eric McLemore
Major in Philosophy – Kelsey Alese Meadows
Major in Thelogy – Danny Christopher Linton.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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