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Awards Day brings recognition to Union’s students, faculty and staff

JACKSON, Tenn.May 14, 2004 – Each year Union University signals the beginning of the end of the academic year by holding a special Awards Day Chapel. Recognition is given to the hard work and perseverance that has been achieved by students, faculty and staff during the year. Parents and families of award recipients also attend.

Carla Sanderson, provost to the university, officiated. More than 70 awards were presented, including the prestigious Faculty and Staff of the Year Awards, which went to Dr. Kelvin Moore, professor of Christian studies, and Helen Butler, assistant to the dean of the school of education and human studies. 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 $250 to the charitable agency of their choice. This year’s recipients were Cindy Harrell and Bethany Morse.

The Betty Hillix Foellinger Memorial Award, which recognizes the editors of the student publications, was presented to Patrick Compau, 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 Justin Hutto.

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 Rhett Barker.

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 Connie Cooper.

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 Jill Baine.

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 Amanda Blakenship.

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 and by her scholastic achievement, was presented to Jill Baine.

The Class of 1962 Award, which recognizes seniors with the highest grade point average who have attended Union University for their entire college career, was presented to Katherine Ann Gould, James Richard Layton, Catherine Embry Lee, Callie Pritchett, Anna Katherine Thomas and Miranda K. Wallace.

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 Megan Ellis.

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 Justin Butcher.

The Fred Delay Memorial Award, which is presented to the honor athlete of the senior class who is an outstanding athlete, a person of high academic standing, unquestionable loyalty and good character, was presented to Leah Gronberg.

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 Jennifer Vandiver.

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 (57th 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 Andrew Terhune.

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 Mariann Martin (first place), David Patterson (second place), and Ian Crawford (third place).

Alpha Chi Honorary Scholastic Fraternity recently initiated their newest members. They are Jill Baine, Connie Cooper, Holly Dougan, Megan Ellis, Catherine Lee, Miranda Miller, Reema Nasrallah, Nicholas Ellis, Carlyn Layton, Hanna Miecznikowski, Laura Lee Moore, David Patterson, Lauren Robbins and Amanda Scott.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society recently initiated their newest members: Barry Autry, Toni Cole, Larry Cox, Mary Dillard, Christopher Hemphill, Antonio Hunt, Cheryl Johnson, Teresa Johnson, Kimberly Kennel, Kelly Long, Stella Nwokeji, Mary Rush, Audrey Spencer, Cheri Stadler, Mylene Strohm, Paula Walton and Kelley Windsor.

Intramural Male Athlete of the Year – Matt Nason

Intramural Female Athlete of the Year – Reema Nasrallah

Intramural Male Group Award – the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Intramural Female Group Award – The Independent Women

The Kappa Delta Memorial Scholarship, in 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 Laura Harber.

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 Sarah Hubbard. The Secondary Student Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Justin Clermont.

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 was presented to Kendal Hershberger.

The Zeta Tau Alpha Award, given to the seniors of the May class graduating Summa Cum Laude with the highest rank on the Jackson Campus, was presented to Holly Dougan, Katherine Gould, James Layton, Catherine Lee, Callie Pritchett, Allen Smith, Anna Thomas and Miranda Wallace.

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, Nicholas Ellis.

The Teagle Awards were given to the following faculty:
Grants for course redesign or development of a new course were awarded to the following: Patty Hamilton, Michael Chute, Bryan Dawson, Dwayne Jennings, Michael Mallard, Camille Searcy and Melissa Mathis, Julie Glosson and Ray Van Neste.

For Active Learning Pedagogy Grant, grants were awarded to Tom Proctor, Kyle Hathcox and David Ward, David Vickery, Chris Blair and Jan Wilms, Ken Newman and Michele Atkins, and Terry Blakely and Mary Anne Poe.

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 mentions were Bryan Dawson, Patty Hamilton, Terry Blakely and Debbie Newell. First place winner for the award is David McClune for “The Use of Rudolf Laban’s Dance Movements in the Teaching of Conducting.”

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 – Rebecca Phillips
Minor in Biology – James Layton and Stefani Martin
Major in Accounting – Jason Yaun
Major in Economics/Finance – Daniel Chaney and Anna Thomas
Major in Management – Jonathan Walters
Minor in Management Information Systems – Jason Vaughan
Major in Marketing – Kyle McDiarmid
Major in Organizational Leadership – Jennifer Knapp
Major in Chemistry – Megan Ellis
Major in Christian Studies – Connie Cooper
Major in Philosophy – Kyle Mask
Major in Biblical Studies-Languages – Hanna Miecznikowski
Major in Christian Ethics – Matthew Harber
Major in Digital Media Studies – Sarah Belcher and Catherine Bland
Major in Journalism – Katherine Gould
Major in Public Relations/Advertising – Callie Pritchett
Major in Broadcasting – Patrick Compau
Major in Theatre/Speech – Miranda Wallace
Major in Learning Foundations – Bethany Davis and Erin Joseph
Major in Special Education – Jennifer Johnson
Major in Liberal Studies – Sarah Hubbard
Major in English – Erin Hetzel
Major in History – David Patterson
Major in Political Science – Janice Miller
Major in French – Nicole Vassar
Major in Spanish – Jennifer Sanders
Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language – Jennifer Downing
Major in Computer Science – Allen Smith
Major in Mathematics – Nicole Vassar and Allen Smith
Major in Music – Amanda Scott
Major in Nursing – Catherine Lee and Latrondria Brown
Major in Physical Education and Health – Luis Ortiz
Major in Sports Management – Kellye Staudt
Major in Sports Medicine – Nicole Thomas
Major in Athletic Training – India Hickman
Minor in Athletic Coaching – Alecia Robertson
Major in Psychology – Amanda Smith, Jill Baine, Holly Dougan, Leah Gronberg and Jason Lee
Major in Physics – Dustin Rapp
Minor in Human Studies – Holly Dougan, Hanna Miecznikowski and Reema Nashrallah
Major in Family Studies – Holli Glidewell
Major in Social Work – Cynthia Nichols

Media contact: Tabitha Frizzell, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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