Belmont University recognized students and faculty at Wednesday’s annual Scholarship and Awards Day ceremony in the Massey Performing Arts Center. Click here for a photo gallery of the event. Students honored in the ceremony included:
Jacqueline Rachel Wilson, Amanda Knox and Eric Glenn – The Williams-Murray First Year Writing Awards
Jesse Johnson and Dylan March – The Alfred Leland Crabb Awards
Matthew Lefavor, Brian York, Bethany Somma and Nathan Stabenfeldt – The Stacy Awalt Writing Awards
Emily Hastings – The Annette Sisson First Year Writing Award
Felicia Black – The Lumos Travel Award
Hannah DeLap – The John Williams Heart of Belmont Award
Sarah McClellan Currey – The First Year Award, Leadership
Susan Caroline Bay – The Second Year Award, Leadership
Hope Allison Cooper – The Third Year Award, Leadership
Amy Kathleen Dunning – The Fourth Year Award, Leadership
In addition to student award winners, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, associate professor of biology, was named the 2011 Chaney Distinguished Professor. The Chaney Distinguished Professor Award, determined on the basis of superior teaching, is presented each year to a faculty member who best represents the vision of the university to be a “premier teaching institution.”
“It is amazing to be recognized by my students and colleagues in this way,” said Dr. Thomas. “There is nothing better than having the people you care about, work with and work for affirm and rejoice in what you have chosen to do with your life. I am grateful, humbled and downright giddy.”
Dr. Vaughn May, chair of the political science department, was awarded the 2011 Presidential Faculty Achievement Award. The Presidential Faculty Achievement Award is presented each year to a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to student life outside the classroom. The award honors and recognizes excellence in faculty-student relationships, special abilities in meeting student needs – academic, personal and professional – and symbolizes Belmont University’s commitment to being a student-centered institution.
“I am extraordinarily flattered that my students nominated me for this honor. I am blessed to work at a remarkable university, and I hope that I can continue to contribute in positive ways to the lives of my students,” Dr. May said.