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Awards Day honors achievement of Union students

President David S. Dockery congratulates math and computer science professor Chris Hail, who was named Faculty Member of the Year at the Awards Day chapel service. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
President David S. Dockery congratulates math and computer science professor Chris Hail, who was named Faculty Member of the Year at the Awards Day chapel service. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Related Resource(s): Awards Day Photo Gallery

JACKSON, Tenn.May 6, 2005 – Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 4 at the university’s annual Awards Day chapel service.

“There is no finer demonstration of the fact that Union University is carrying out its mission to be a place that promotes excellence in service to church and society than the annual Awards Day ceremony,” said Carla Sanderson, university provost.

The Faculty of the Year Award went to math and computer science professor Chris Hail. Cindy Meredith, executive assistant to the president, 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 $1,000 each and asked to designate $250 to the charitable agency of their choice. This year’s recipients were Brad Spencer and Chris Clermont.

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 Kenneth Lewoczko.

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 Jada Butler.

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 Grant Gaines.

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 Jillian Moreland.

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 Jade Barnard.

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 Kari Bachman

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 Jenny Eastman, Jennifer Ellis, Mary Beth Fletcher, Cindy Harrell, Kelly Krebs, Jill Martin, Mariann Martin and Kevin Minister.

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 Dennika Hanlon.

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 Stephanie Clark.

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 Heather Moellman.

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 (58th 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 David Clark.

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 Sharon Hart.

Intramural Male Athlete of the Year – Tony Richmond

Intramural Female Athlete of the Year – Whitney Culver

Intramural Male Group Award – the men of the Onions

Intramural Female Group Award – the women of 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 Jennifer Heuiser. The Special Education Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Rachel Walker.

The Physics Research Award, given to the student who presents the best physics research paper during the year, was presented to Brian Taylor.

The Pi Gamma Mu Scholar-Leader Award, given to the organization’s graduating member with the highest academic average and distinguished leadership qualities, as presented to Rachel Ruckart.

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

The Wolfram Award in Computational Science is sponsored by Wolfram Research Inc. 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 April Daigle.

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 Lee Benson and Tom Proctor. First place winner for the award English professor Gene Fant.

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 Biology – Dustin Utley
Major in Accounting – Patricia Morrison
Major in Economics/Finance – Lauren Liberto
Major in International Business – Mary Beth Fletcher
Major in Management – Alicia Springer
Major in Marketing – Lara McCartney
Major in Organizational Leadership – Patricia Ann Todd
Major in Chemistry – Sarah Perlinger
Major in Biblical Studies – Cameron Armstrong
Major in Biblical Studies (Languages) – Adam Winters
Major in Christian Studies – Matthew Crawford
Major in Christian Ethics – Robert Campbell
Major in Theology – Kevin Minister
Major in Youth Ministry – Lindsay Sloas
Major in Digital Media Studies – Eric Murrell
Major in Public Relations/Advertising – Jenny Eastman
Major in Broadcasting – April Houston
Major in Theatre/Speech – Allison Campbell
Major in Learning Foundations – Stephanie Klein
Major in Special Education – Julie Propst
Major in Liberal Studies – Jennifer Heuiser
Major in English – Mariann Martin
Major in Engineering – Joseph Hall
Major in History – Mariann Martin
Major in Political Science – Matt Oshel
Major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics – Daniel Verbist
Major in Intercultural Studies – Stefi Brazzeal
Major in Spanish – Charli Cox
Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language – Cindy Harrell
Major in Computer Science – Willie George
Major in Mathematics – Jennifer Ellis
Major in Music –Joshua MacDonald
Major in Music Education – Brennan Uthe
Major in Music Theory – Jeremy Warner
Major in Performance – Lindsay Rapp
Major in Church Music – Daniel Schafers
Major in Nursing – Sarah Anderson
Major in Sports Management – Courtney Ross
Major in Sports Medicine – Laura Mitchell
Major in Athletic Training – Amy McCutcheon
Major in Psychology – Jennifer Ellis
Major in Physics – Brian Taylor
Major in Family Studies – Rachel Ruckart
Major in Sociology – Alisha Reeves
Major in Social Work – Stephanie Ozier

Related Resource(s): Awards Day Photo Gallery
Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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