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Union students recognized for achievement at Awards Day

President David S. Dockery congratulates English professor Pam Sutton, who was named Faculty Member of the Year at the Awards Day chapel service May 10. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
President David S. Dockery congratulates English professor Pam Sutton, who was named Faculty Member of the Year at the Awards Day chapel service May 10. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.May 11, 2006 – Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 10 at the university’s annual Awards Day chapel service.

The Faculty of the Year Award went to English professor Pamela Casey Sutton. Karen Miller, coordinator of the Department of Continuing Studies, 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 Derek Carson and Andy Robinette.

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 Katie Williams.

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 Kent Willis.

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 Paul Akin.

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 Alisha Pinner.

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 Megan Rose Johnson.

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 Beth McDowell.

The Zeta Tau Alpha Awards, given to the seniors of the May class graduating summa cum laude with the highest rank on the Jackson campus, were presented to Brian Andrew Cox, Megan Rose Johnson, Cynthia Christine Keegan, Whitney Paige Morreau and Rachel Anne Peterson.

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 Landon Preston.

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 Holly Haycraft.

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 Kari Bachman.

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 (59th 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 Leslie King.

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 Jennifer May.

Intramural Male Athlete of the Year – Paul Akin

Intramural Female Athlete of the Year – Sarah Ryan

Intramural Male Group Award – Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Intramural Female Group Award – Independent Women

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 Kerra Kunce. The Special Education Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Katie Dratnol.

The Pi Gamma Mu Scholar-Leader Award, given to the organization’s graduating member with the highest academic average and distinguished leadership qualities, was presented to Megan Rose Johnson.

The Service Through Engineering Award, given in recognition of outstanding service through the application of engineering knowledge, was presented to Jon Brasher.

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 Matthew Dawson.

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. Ray Van Neste received honorable mention. First place winner for the award was English professor Patricia Hamilton.

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 – Cynthia Christine Keegan
Major in Biology – Chelsea Rose Mytyk
Major in Accounting – Kelley Marie McCall
Major in Economics/Finance – Matthew Robert Courtner
Major in Management – Katherine Kaelin Tipton
Major in Marketing – Amber Lutz
Major in Organizational Leadership – Andrew Ross Gay
Major in Chemistry – Brent Michael Jones
Major in Biblical Studies – Joshua Kyle Brubaker
Major in Biblical Studies (Languages) – Brian Andrew Cox
Major in Christian Studies – Sarah Chloe Young
Major in Christian Ethics – Jillian Hickman Zimmer
Major in Youth Ministry – Heather Renee Castleberry
Major in Public Relations/Advertising – Michelle Pierce
Major in Broadcasting – Sarah Marie Walker
Major in Learning Foundations – Lindsey Nicole Carson
Major in Special Education – Katherine B. Dratnol
Major in Liberal Studies – Rachel Michelle Cazalas
Major in English – Jennifer May
Major in History – Jennifer May
Major in Political Science – Jenny Lynn Buffington
Major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics – Holly Lynn Steele
Major in Intercultural Studies – Nikola Djordjevic
Major in Spanish – Nathan Earl Michael
Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language – Bethany Denise Little
Major in Mathematics – Denise Marie Baughman
Major in Music – Joy Ann Ledden
Major in Music Education – Laura Elizabeth Honey
Major in Nursing – Brittany Tarin Palmer
Major in Sports Management – Holly Beth Haycraft
Major in Sports Medicine – Peggy Lee McCain
Major in Athletic Training – Adam Raines
Major in Physical Education/Health- Ronald Warren Burke
Major in Psychology – Joshua Charles Willhite
Major in Family Studies – Megan Rose Johnson
Major in Social Work – Whitney Paige Morreau


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

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