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Union students honored for academic achievement

Gary Carter, senior vice president for business and financial services (left), presents the Staff Member of the Year Award to Paul Mayer, director of heath services. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Gary Carter, senior vice president for business and financial services (left), presents the Staff Member of the Year Award to Paul Mayer, director of heath services. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.May 6, 2009 – Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 1 at the annual Awards Day chapel service.

The Faculty of the Year Award went to social work professor Mary Anne Poe. Paul Mayer, Union’s director of health services, was awarded with the Staff Member 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 Peter Boedeker and Chanel Watson.

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 Amanda Atkinson.

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 Katherine L. Long.

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 Matthew Marshall.

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 Adam Tarleton.

The Chi Omega Award, which is awarded to the woman of the senior class who has distinguished herself in the behavioral sciences through class contributions and by her scholastic achievement, was presented to Jessica Gillard.

The Kappa Delta Memorial Scholarship, in 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 Alyssa Bantz.

The Kyle L. Hathcox Memorial Physics Award, given to a junior or senior either majoring or minoring in physics, was presented to David Christopher Moore.

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 Ashley Schreiber.

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 Jonathan Moore.

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 Emily Rawls.

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 Emily Rawls.

The Greek Scholarship Cups, which are awarded annually to the two social fraternities with the highest average, were presented to the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the women of Chi Omega (62nd 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 Ben Glass.

The Professor James Alex Baggett History Research Award, which recognizes the best original research papers presented in regularly scheduled history courses for the current academic year, was presented to Hannah Holiday.

Intramural Male Athlete of the Year – Tobey Griffin

Intramural Female Athlete of the Year – Amy Reinhardt

Intramural Male Group Award – Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Intramural Female Group Award – Chi Omega

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 Katie McHugh. The Special Education Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Moriah Stearns Smothers.

The Service Through Engineering Award, given in recognition of outstanding service through the application of engineering knowledge, was presented to Joshua Brooks. 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 Kimberly Lukens.

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. Terry Blakley, David Burke and Steve Beverly received honorable mention. First place winner for the award was Kim Jones.

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 – Rose M. Rogers
Major in Biology – Brian Raymond Bodnarchuk
Major in Accounting – Caleb Christian Helms
Major in Business Administration – Mallory Kate Keeton
Major in International Business – Ben Farrow
Major in Management – Stephen Bryant Lynch
Major in Marketing – Amanda Lindsey Stack
Major in Organizational Leadership – Christy Lynn Young
Major in Chemistry – Kent Avery Willis
Major in Biblical Studies (Languages) – Michael M. Brown
Major in Christian Ethics – Matthew Elia
Major in Christian Studies – Rachel Elizabeth Ware
Major in Philosophy – Bevin Ruth Gracy
Major in Theology – Chad Brent Keathley
Major in Youth Ministry – Greg Shawgo
Major in Public Relations/Advertising – Claire Temple Yates
Major in Theater/Speech – Matthew S. Stimmel
Major in Digital Media Studies – Kieler Barron Henry
Major in Journalism – Junghoo Danny Song
Major in Computer Science – Matthew S. Stimmel
Major in Learning Foundations – Lydia Ruth Bond
Major in Liberal Studies – Sarah Elisabeth Johnson
Major in Special Education – Robin Frances Heeth
Major in English – Rebecca Whitten Poe
Major in Engineering – William Lloyd Trautman
Major in History – Mary Hannah Holiday
Major in French – Tiffany Ann Fredericks
Major in Spanish – Claire Temple Yates
Major in Teaching English as a Second Language – Amy Ashburn Neal
Major in Mathematics – Dylan James Riekeman
Major in Political Science – Paul Jordan Scott
Major in Music – Mattie Elizabeth Trautman
Major in Music Theory – Christopher Cody Curtis
Major in Music Performance – Kevin Christopher Isbell
Major in Nursing – Heather Elizabeth Martin
Major in Sports Management –Jessica Noel Bandy
Major in Athletic Training – Sean Michael Wadley
Major in Physical Education/Health – Alaina Kyleen Bare
Major in Psychology – Adam David Tarleton
Major in Social Work – Kellie Lynne Roe

As part of the service, Union also recognized 57 students named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”


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

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