Union College recognizes outstanding students during April 17 ceremony

Published on
April 21, 2014
Honors Day 2014

Union College will recognize 32 students for outstanding academic achievement at its annual Honors Day Convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the Conway Boatman Chapel on the college’s Kentucky campus.

The awards acknowledge high scholastic averages by class year and discipline, including literature, computer programming, business, accounting, history, psychology, the sciences and others. Special scholarships and other recognition will also be presented during the event.

Union President Marcia Hawkins will welcome students, parents and other guests, then will announce awards along with David Johns, Ph.D.,Union College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the college.

“The students recognized during Honors & Awards are truly among the best that Union has to offer,” said Johns. “This is not just about academic achievement, though each of these students excels in the classroom. Each exhibits a strong commitment to Union’s values of integrity, collaboration, honesty and a strong spiritual center.”

The awards recipients are:

Andrew L. Long, Dr. Mahlon A. Miller President Emeritus Award for the senior with the highest cumulative average based on total hours earned at Union College. Miller served as President from 1959-1982. Long also earned the H. B. Jones Business Enterprise Award, which is given to the student who has shown initiative and enterprise in the field of business.

Richard T. Mathes, Gov. James D. Black Senior Award. Given by the late Pitzer D. Black of Barbourville to the senior with the highest scholastic average for the year based on total hours earned at Union College. Gov. Black was one of Union College’s founding fathers and President from 1910-1912. Mathes also earned the Dr. Erwin S. Bradley History Award, which is given in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Erwin S. Bradley to the upper-class history major who has the highest scholastic average in overall grades in history, earned at Union College. Bradley served as Chair of the Division of Social Studies, and the Department of History & Political Science. 

Lydia M. Nash, Dr. Cecil H. Wilson Junior Award. Given in memory of Dr. Cecil H. Wilson of Barbourville, an alumnus and trustee emeritus of Union College, to the junior with the highest scholastic average based on total hours earned at Union College. Wilson (’38) was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1954-2008. 

Tyler T. Carter, John Henry Wilson Sophomore Award. Given by the late Mrs. Guy D. Atkisson, Jr., to the sophomore from the Fifth Congressional District of Kentucky who has the highest scholastic average for the year, based on total hours earned at Union College. Wilson was one of the founding fathers of Union College and a U.S. Congressman from 1889-1893. Carter also earned the Wimmer Chemistry Award. This award is given in memory of Dr. C. R. Wimmer who was head of the Chemistry Department and academic dean at Union College from 1932 to 1946. This award is given to the student showing the greatest promise in the field of chemistry.

Leigh-Ella M. Williams, Arthur E. Spurlock Business Award. Given by Michael Spurlock in memory of his father, Arthur E. Spurlock, a former Union College Business Office manager, to a sophomore or junior business major showing promise for future success. Spurlock was the Business Manager and Treasurer for Union College from 1959-1967.

Amanda S. Disney (senior) and Katie D. Nusz (junior), Dr. L. A. Geiss Awards. Given by the late Dr. and Mrs. L. A. Geiss to the senior and junior business majors with the highest cumulative standing in that field. Geiss was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1948-1986.

Devin A. Frederick, Dr. L. A. Geiss Computer Award. Given by the late Dr. and Mrs. L. A. Geiss to the student exemplifying excellence in computer information systems.

Jeffery T. Smith, Joe C. Hacker Award. Given in honor of the late Joe C. Hacker to a student showing interest and excellence in a computer programming course. Hacker was Assistant Professor of Business Education and Director of Data Processing for Union College for thirty years.

Caleb H. Spurlock, Rena Milliken Award. Given in memory of the late Rena Milliken, Professor Emeritus of Business, by the Union College Business Department, to the graduating senior who shows the greatest potential for professional achievement. Milliken served as a member of the Business faculty from 1946-1975. 

Tyler A. Tye, Evans Warriner and Company CPAs Scholarship Award. Given to the most promising freshman or sophomore accounting major.

Samson J. Warren, Beverly P. and Mossie B. Wilson Memorial Award. Given by Mrs. O. J. Wilson and the late Dr. Wilson in memory of his parents, to the English major with the highest cumulative grade point average, who has completed three full years of residence at Union College. Warren also earned the Blackwell Political Science Award, which is given to the senior with a major in history and/or a minor in political science, who shows the highest academic excellence in political science. Dr. Blackwell was a member of the Board of Trustees.

Macy L. Stewart (poetry); and Meredith K. Morrison (short fiction), William Faulkner Rushton Memorial Awards. Given to promote Appalachian literature and given in memory of William Faulkner Rushton. Award has been established by parents and friends in honor of Lura Faulkner Rose, (’14), a Union alumna, the late Rushton’s grandmother. Winning papers are selected by a committee of judges from entries submitted by teachers.

Andrew K. Johnston, The Literature Award. Given by the Barbourville Tuesday Club to the English major who shows the greatest excellence in the field of literature.

Marah C. A. Rice, Ronald and Mary Alice Marley Mass Communication Award. Given to the student with the highest grade point average who is majoring in mass communication at Union College. Rice also earned the Steve Jones Memorial Award. Given in memory of Steve Jones, a former Union College student, by former athletes and friends, to the senior varsity athlete with the highest cumulative academic average.

Katelyn S. Snelling (freshman) and Laurel C. Everett (sophomore), Iota Sigma Nu Awards. Given by the Iota Sigma Nu Honor Society to the freshman and sophomore with the highest scholastic average for the year based on total hours earned at Union College. Everett also earned the Outstanding Psychology Major Award, which is given to the psychology major, in the top 35th percentile of his/her class, who shows outstanding dedication in the discipline of psychology.

Bradley C. Fieldhouse, Dr. Paul S. Moore Wellness, Human Performance, and Recreation Management Faculty Award. Given by the Union College Wellness, Human Performance and Recreation Department to the senior health, physical education, recreation management or sports management major with the highest cumulative academic standing. Moore (’59) served as Professor of Health and Physical Education, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Athletic Director and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He retired in 1997, after 38 years of service.

Daniel R. Phipps, Dr. Albert D. Graham, Jr. Social Studies Award. Given to the senior education major who shows the greatest teaching potential in social studies. Graham (’70) served on the Board of Trustees from 1992-2010.

Mark A. Rupard, The Jones Foundation Award in Education. Given by The Jones Educational Foundation Inc., to the graduating senior who shows the greatest promise for a career in education.

Brittany S. Helton, Yetta Frank and Billie Lynch Non-Traditional Student Education Award. Given to a full-time, non-traditional senior female student with dependent children. The eligible student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher based on total hours earned at Union College. Yetta Frank and Billie Lynch are the mothers of Carol Lynch (’08) and former Education faculty member Steven Lynch.

Brittany M. Zins, Excellence in Research Award. Given to the upper division psychology major who demonstrates the potential for high quality research in the discipline of psychology. Zins also earned the Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice Award, which is given to the upper division criminal justice major whose work embodies exemplary objective academic achievement in conjunction with substantial contributions to the conduct of inquiry in criminal justice classes, as well as clear commitment to both personal and intellectual development, and a greater understanding of the relationship between citizen and state.

Richard N. Meier, H. H. Owens History Award. Given by the late Mrs. H. H. Owens to the student showing the greatest excellence in the field of history. Owens was the father of alumnae Jean Knuckles (’37) and Eleanor Clark (’36).

Helen Weber, Outstanding Sociology Major Award. Given to the graduating sociology major with the highest cumulative grade point average. 

Kelsey L. Morgan, Sampson Political Science Award. Given to the junior showing the highest academic excellence in the field of political science. Flem D. Sampson served as the Governor of Kentucky from 1927 to 1931.

Rachel A. Scalf, Appalachian Children’s Home Award – Outstanding Social Work Major. Given by the Appalachian Children’s Home in Barbourville to a graduating social work major with a 3.25 or above GPA, who has been accepted into a graduate level social work program.

Kendra R. Gray, Jessica R.N. Frisby and Briana Y. Patel, Student Government Association (SGA) Study Abroad/Internship Scholarship. To encourage study outside the campus proper, this Student Government Association scholarship is awarded to students participating in either an internship or a study abroad opportunity. Selected students are proven academic leaders and positive ambassadors for Union College. Gray also earned the Dr. Cecil H. Wilson Junior Award. Given in memory of Dr. Cecil H. Wilson of Barbourville, an alumnus and trustee emeritus of Union College, to the junior with the highest scholastic average based on total hours earned at Union College. Wilson (’38) was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1954-2008.

Bruce W. Cory, Student Government Association (SGA) Distinguished Professor Award. Award given by students to a Union College faculty member who best exemplifies Union College’s commitment and dedication to student well-being. This faculty member sets the standard for enhancing student education and experiential experience in and out of the classroom. 

Michael J. Davenport, Student Government Association (SGA) – Passing of the Gavel. This honor recognizes past and future Student Government Association officers. Davenport is the newly elected SGA President and received the gavel.

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