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Awards Day brings recognition to students, faculty and staff alike in 2002

JACKSON, Tenn.May 8, 2002 – With finals just around the corner and graduation in the minds of seniors, the Union University family gathered together once again for the annual Awards Day Chapel, an event that is eagerly anticipated by students, faculty, staff alike each year. Recognition is given to the hard work and perseverance that has been achieved by so many over the year and parents and families of award recipients are also invited to attend, and do so.

Carla Sanderson, provost to the university, officiated. More than 60 awards were presented, including the prestigious Faculty and Staff of the Year, which went to art professor Lee Benson and College Services technician Wanda Calvert. Other awards that were presented follow.

The Barnabas Leadership Award promotes the ideals of servant leadership in the Union community. Recipients are awarded $750 each and asked to designate 4250 to the charitable agency of their choice. This year’s recipients were Jason Castles and Valerie Burnett.

The Betty Hillix Foellinger Memorial Award, which recognizes the editors of the student publications, was presented to Julie Dodson, editor of the college paper The Cardinal and Cream.

The Bettye and Kermit Whiteaker Freshman Biology Award, which is presented to a freshman Biology major or minor with outstanding scholastic achievement and also includes a $500 scholarship for the following academic year, was presented to Kerstin Ure.

The Bettye and Kermit Whiteaker Chemistry Award, which is presented to a freshman chemistry major or minor with outstanding scholastic achievement and also includes a $500 scholarship for the following academic year, was presented to Megan Ellis.

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 Ann Clendenen.

The Dr. Bill Bouchillon Psychology Excellence Award, given to an outstanding graduating senior with a GPA of 3.5 or greater in psychology and selected by the psychology faculty, was presented to Lada Mujkic.

The Chemical Rubber Company Freshman Chemistry Award, which is given to encourage and sustain interest in the sciences and is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement to a freshman chemistry major or minor, was presented to Kiera Knappman.

The Chi Omega Award, which is awarded to the woman of the junior or senior class who has distinguished herself in the Behavioral Sciences through class contributions as by her scholastic achievement, was presented to Sarah Davenport.

The Class of 1962 Award, which recognizes the senior who has attended Union University for his or her entire college career with the highest grade point average, was presented to Jennifer Escue.

The Chemistry Research Award, which is given by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Physics to the student who presents the best research paper for the year, was awarded to Jessica Fielder and Alanna Morris.

The Curtiss E. Scott Business Excellence Award, which is presented to the outstanding business major as chosen by the faculty of the School of Business Administration and the membership of the Business Club based on both academic and leadership achievement, was presented to Matt Adams.

The Fred Delay Memorial Award, which is presented to the honor athlete of the Senior class that is an outstanding athlete, a person of high academic standing, unquestionable loyalty, and of good character, was presented to Rachel Murray.

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 Elisha Cooke.

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 (55th year).

The Helen Blythe Creative Writing Award, which is presented by an endowment of the 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 Graham Hillard.

The Professor James Alex Baggett History Research Award, which is an award which recognizes the best original research papers presented in regularly scheduled history courses for the current academic year, was presented to Ross Parker (1st place), Michael Burgett (2nd place), and Lee Stanfill (3rd place).

Academic Excellence Medals– Presented by Union University 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 – Janelle Sou
Minor in Biology – Sonya Mitchell
Major in Accounting – Kristin Parks
Major in Economics/Finance – Jill Nanney
Major in Management – Scott Marksberry
Minor in Management Information Systems – Angela Hodges
Major in Marketing – Sunnie Williams and Angela Hodges
Major in Organizational Leadership – Mary Lowe
Major in Chemistry – Sonya Mitchell
Major in Christian Studies – Mary Taylor
Major in Biblical Studies – Erika Godfrey
Major in Biblical Studies-Languages – Lon Graham
Minor in Christian Ministries – Scott Marksberry and Davie Moore
Major in Christian Ethics – Michele Bennett and Justin Wainscott
Major in Communication Arts – Cristy Thomas
Major in Digital Media Studies – Sarah Phillips
Major in Journalism – Kasey Carty-Campbell
Major in Public Relations/Advertising – Davie Moore
Major in Learning Foundations – Jill Goodman and Betsy Morris
Major in Special Education – Elizabeth Osborne
Major in English – Allison Graig
Major in History – Mary Haltom and Jocelyn Vaughn
Major in French – Ann Clendenen and Jocelyn Vaughn
Major in Spanish – Elizabeth Davis
Major in Teaching English as a Second Language – Christy Littleton
Minor in Computer Science – Bethany Key
Major in Mathematics – Bethany Key and Jessica Worrell
Major in Music – Christina Crouse
Major in Nursing – Lita Warise
Major in Physical Education and Health – Nikola Barjaktarevic
Major in Sport Management – Douglas Taylor, Jr.
Major in Sports Medicine – Misty Depriest
Major in Athletic Training – Sarah Davenport
Major in Psychology – Sarah Davenport, Gayla Hake, Lada Mujkic, Mary Mount, and Mary Taylor
Minor in Human Studies – Melanie Barber, Mary Tims, Jocelyn Vaughn, and Joshua Wagner
Major in Family Studies – Jennifer Baze
Minor in Sociology – Michael Hull
Major in Social Work – Jennifer Escue
Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies Honors – Ann Clendenen and Davie Moore
Minor in International Studies – Emily Vandam

Alpha Chi Honorary Scholastic Fraternity recently initiated their newest members. They are: Alexis Abney, Carolyn Bennett, Paula Britt, Johanna Burke, Valerie Burnett, Don Bynum, Roshae Carlisle, Jason Castles, Will Cherry, Allison Cole, Kristin Darnell, Sarah Davenport, Marya Davis, Bethany Dennis, Caroline Ellis, Julie Fisher, Amanda Gibson, Katherine Gould, Lon Graham, Johanna Green, Catherine Guinn, Michelle Hardee, Lee Holt, Jennifer Huffines, Jessica Hughes, John Jensen, Bethany Key, Justin Kropf, Nicole Leeber, Allyson Liberto, Maggie Malone, Stefani Martin, Sara McWhorter, Amy Miller, Carina Mitchell, Joshua Moore, Betsy Morris, Sarah Newman, Melissa Norvell, Elizabeth Oldham, Kristin Parks, Shannon Paschall, Jennifer Perry, Lori Powers, Emily Price, Patricia Rush, Nathan Scott, Linsey Sherard, Joanna Stillman, Jonathan Stonecipher, Justin Wainscott, Allison Walker, Sarah Webster, Stephanie Wisdom and Jessica Worrell.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society recently initiated their newest members: Paul S. Alexander, Bryan Brown, William Brown, Paul Butler, Ronald Coleman, Julie Crenshaw, Mark Damiani, Amy Delaney, Rachael Dew, Patricia Eudaley, Susan Forman, Lisa Goodyear, Patti Gray, Kelly Harrell, Kathy Herriman, Bonnie P. Hickman, Sandra Holt, Kathryn Howe, Joy Jones, Frankie King, Lonna Kirkjune, Alison Price, Jeremy Raines, Traci Reed, Jerre Stallings, Christy Thomason, Patsy Walton, Lita Warise, and Rodney White.

Intramural Male Athlete of the Year– Ben Dockery

Intramural Female Athlete of the Year – Emily Vandam

Intramural Male Group Award – the men of Lambda Chi Alpha

Intramural Female Group Award – The Independent Women

Kappa Delta Memorial Scholarship loving memory of Denise McGee, a 1993 nursing graduate, is given to a non-graduating nursing student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be nominated by the nursing faculty. This year’s award was presented to Angela Parks.

The Nora Smith Barker Student Teachers of the Year Award is presented to the student teacher chosen from the Fall and Spring classes 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 Lea Ann Atheron. The Secondary Student Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Renita Perry.

The Wolfram Award in Computational Science is sponsored by Wolfram Research Incorporated and chosen by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and is presented each year to a freshman calculus student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, enthusiasm, ingenuity and creativity in mathematics. This year’s award, a lifetime copy of Mathematica was presented to Allison Lashley.

The Zeta Tau Alpha Award, given to the senior of the May class graduating Summa Cum Laude with the highest rank on the Jackson Campus, was presented to Elizabeth Davis, Jennifer Escue, Lon Graham, Betsy Morris and Kristin Parks.

The Zondervan Greek Award, given by Zondervan Publisher, was presented to the graduating senior who is deemed to have the greatest potential for serious scholarship in the original language, Adam McCollum.

The Union University Staff of the Year Award was presented to College Services staff member Wanda Calvert.

The Teagle Awards were given to the following faculty:
Receiving Teagle Grants are Terry McRoberts from the Department of Music and Ralph Leverett, Department of Education.
Grants for course redesign or development of a new course were awarded to the following: Chereyl Crossett and Carol Weaver, Department of Biology; Matt Lunsford, Department of Mathematics, and David Malone, Department of English.
For Faculty-Student Research, two research grants were awarded to Sally Henrie and Ruth Hall (student), Department of Chemistry and Jan Wilms and Allen Smith (student), Department of Computer Science.
For Faculty-Faculty Research, one grant was awarded to Sean Evans and Ann Livingstone, Department of Political Science.

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. Faculty receiving honorable mention were James Huggins, “Comparative Anatomy Using Exotic Species and Lab-based Web Access as a Study Tool,” and David Gushee, “The Use of Teaching Assistants in the Christian Ethics Program.” First place winner of the award was Matt Lunsford, “An Integrated Approach to Teaching the History of Mathematics.”

The Union University Faculty of the Year Award was presented to art professor Lee Benson.


Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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