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Ray Van Neste (left) is congratulated by Howard Newell after winning the 2010 Faculty of the Year Award. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Ray Van Neste (left) is congratulated by Howard Newell after winning the 2010 Faculty of the Year Award. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

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JACKSON, Tenn.May 7, 2010 – Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 7 at the annual Awards Day chapel service.

The Faculty of the Year Award went to Christian studies professor Ray Van Neste. Jason Castles, Union’s director of student leadership, 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 Brad Boswell and Hunter Bragg.

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 Evan Hare.

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 Michael Lam.

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 Corey Taylor.

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 Ashlie Nicole Jackson.

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 Karen Mathis.

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 Jamie Vailes.

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

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 Karen Mathis.

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 Libby Ford.

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 Caitlin Zimmerman, who graduated in December.

The John C. Moore Award for excellence in academics and athletics was presented to Kevin Bradley and Laura Crittendon

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 Abigail Williams.

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 63rd 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 Lauren Smothers.

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 Noah Arnold.

The Intramural Male Athlete of the Year was Jakob Perkins. The Intramural Female Athlete of the Year was Katie Veach. The Intramural Women’s Champion Award was presented to Chi Omega, and the Intramural Men’s Champion Award was given to Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

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 Stephanie Clemons. The Secondary Student Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Kristen Fabrizio.

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 Rachael Carbonell.

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. Mark Dubis, Fonzie Guillaran, Emily Lean and Kim Jones received honorable mention. The award’s winner was Kevin Westbrook, associate professor of marketing.

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 – Kelsey Joy Roberts
Major in Biology – Whitney Nicole Jones
Major in Accounting – Alison Grace Turner
Major in Business Administration – Seth Covington
Major in Organizational Leadership – Shari Ann Reid
Major in Chemistry – Ellis Rupert Easterling IV
Major in Biblical Studies – Matthew Thomas Brewer
Major in Biblical Studies (Languages) – Lauren Ashley Bogdan
Major in Christian Ethics – Amanda Meaghann Bush
Major in Christian Studies – Leah May Wilkerson
Major in Church History – Shane Thomas Shaddix
Major in Philosophy – William James Sipes
Major in Public Relations – Elizabeth Ann Wood
Major in Theater/Speech – Caitlin Grace Riggs
Major in Broadcasting – Mark Stephen Williams Jr.
Major in Broadcast Journalism – Matthew Douglas Kuchem
Major in Computer Science – Jacob White
Major in Learning Foundations – Stephanie Brooke Hale
Major in Elementary Education – Stephanie Marie Clemons
Major in English – Heather Renee Songer
Major in Engineering – Bradley Thomas Kiddie
Major in History – Noah Harper Arnold
Major in French – Blair Morgan Hoglen
Major in Spanish – Heather Renee Songer
Major in Teaching English as a Second Language – Leah LeMoyne Maddox
Major in Mathematics – Jacob White
Major in Music – Andrew Conner Spena
Major in Music Theory – Jordan Timothy Ray Baker
Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree – Micah Kipling Snow
Major in Nursing – Marjorie Snider Kjellin
Major in Sport Management – Robert Fredrick Stierwalt Jr.
Major in Athletic Training – James Edward Moore III
Major in Physical Education/Health – Pamela Lauren Jackson
Major in Sports Medicine – Kristin Kerr Parnell
Major in Physics – David C. Moore
Major in Political Science – Matthew Douglas Kuchem
Major in Psychology – Ryan Joseph Spickard
Major in Sociology – Evan Christopher Holder
Major in Family Studies – Grace Barbara Moroney
Major in Social Work – Barbara E. Cox
Major in Intercultural Studies – Abigail Deborah Calvert

As part of the service, Union also recognized 54 students named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

 

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5/7/10 - Mary Ann Poe, professor of social work and BSW program director, stands on stage during Awards Day chapel and prepares to hand over her Faculty of the Year title. Poe was Faculty of the Year for the 2009-2010 academic year.
5/7/10 - Mary Ann Poe, professor of social work and BSW program director, stands on stage during Awards Day chapel and prepares to hand over her Faculty of the Year title. Poe was Faculty of the Year for the 2009-2010 academic year. - Morris Abernathy
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5/7/10 - Dottie Myatt, assistant dean for teacher education, laughs with her colleagues as the faculty files into chapel for Awards Day.
5/7/10 - Dottie Myatt, assistant dean for teacher education, laughs with her colleagues as the faculty files into chapel for Awards Day. - Morris Abernathy
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5/7/10 - Dr. Carla Sanderson, provost and vice president for academic administration, recognizes students for Awards Day.
5/7/10 - Dr. Carla Sanderson, provost and vice president for academic administration, recognizes students for Awards Day. - Morris Abernathy
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5/7/10 - Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 7 at the annual Awards Day chapel service.  The Faculty of the Year Award went to Christian studies professor Ray Van Neste. Jason Castles, Union’s director of student leadership, was awarded with the Staff Member of the Year Award.
5/7/10 - Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 7 at the annual Awards Day chapel service. The Faculty of the Year Award went to Christian studies professor Ray Van Neste. Jason Castles, Union’s director of student leadership, was awarded with the Staff Member of the Year Award. - Morris Abernathy
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5/7/10 - Dr. David S. Dockery, president of Union University, presents Jason Castles, director of student leadership, with the Staff Member of the Year award.
5/7/10 - Dr. David S. Dockery, president of Union University, presents Jason Castles, director of student leadership, with the Staff Member of the Year award. - Morris Abernathy
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5/7/10 - Dr. David S. Dockery, president of Union University, closes Awards Chapel in prayer after awards were presented to exemplary faculty, staff, and students.
5/7/10 - Dr. David S. Dockery, president of Union University, closes Awards Chapel in prayer after awards were presented to exemplary faculty, staff, and students. - Morris Abernathy
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5/7/10 - Teresa West, professor of psychology and department chair congratulates Dr. Ray Van Neste after the he received the Faculty of the Year award.
5/7/10 - Teresa West, professor of psychology and department chair congratulates Dr. Ray Van Neste after the he received the Faculty of the Year award. - Morris Abernathy
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5/7/10 - Jason Castles is congratulated by Dr. James Huggins after being named Staff Member of the Year at the Awards Day chapel.
5/7/10 - Jason Castles is congratulated by Dr. James Huggins after being named Staff Member of the Year at the Awards Day chapel. - Morris Abernathy
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5/7/10 - Jason Castles and Dr. Ray Van Neste stand in a receiving line after the awards service. Castles was named Staff Member of the Year, and Van Neste was named Faculty Member of the Year.
5/7/10 - Jason Castles and Dr. Ray Van Neste stand in a receiving line after the awards service. Castles was named Staff Member of the Year, and Van Neste was named Faculty Member of the Year. - Morris Abernathy

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

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