Honors Bestowed at Central Methodist University
Student, faculty and staff honors were awarded at two occasions during the first week of Central Methodist University's new school year--the Opening Convocation and the Faculty/Staff initial gathering.
Dr. Marianne E. Inman, president of CMU, presented a prestigious new faculty award at Opening Convocation, The Carolyn and Tad Perry Fellow Award. The award honors a faculty member who has gone the "extra mile" for Central students, who has shown a commitment to student experiences, growth and achievement.
This year's Carolyn and Tad Perry Fellow is Greg Thurmon, CMU assistant professor of biology. Thurmon joined the faculty in 2007 after a long career teaching high school in Chillicothe, Mo. He also won the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Momberg Gold Chalk Award this fall, an expression of the respect and camaraderie the students feel for him.
President Inman also presented five awards to students, based on their performance as new CMU students during the 2011-12 school year. Honored were Nahom Asfaw, Kayla Heidbrink, Tyler Winn, Amber Sartain, and Joe Jefferies.
Asfaw, a biology major from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, received the Demaree Prize, which honors the freshman with the highest scholastic average.
Heidbrink, a biology major from Linn, Mo., was honored with the E.E. Rich Award. The criteria for this sophomore female student award include outstanding scholastic achievement and leadership.
Winn, a business major from St. Louis, Mo., was given the Kim Everett Award, which is based on a student's concern for CMU, diverse involvement on campus, leadership, concern for fellow students, and academic scholarship. The award is named for Kim Everett, CMU freshman class president in 1972-73 who was tragically killed at the beginning of his sophomore year.
Sartain, a nursing major from Boonville, was presented the Tau Kappa Epsilon Outstanding Freshman Female Award. The recipient of this award has shown strong academic standing, dedication, involvement, and commitment to the mission and goals of CMU.
Jefferies, an English major from Fayette, received the ODK Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award, based on his overall campus leadership abilities. Recipients of this award are nominated by CMU faculty and selected by ODK members. Omicron Delta Kappa is a national honorary leadership organization for juniors and seniors with membership based on achievement in scholastic and extracurricular activities.
At the faculty/staff gathering, Inman conferred the annual ODK awards for faculty and staff. The top honor, the ODK Chester A. Hanson Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2011-12, was presented to Dr. Dori Waggoner, assistant professor of music and new dean of the Swinney Conservatory of Music.
Other teachers honored with ODK Momberg Gold Chalk Awards, in addition to Greg Thurmon, were Brandy Parker, assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. Elizabeth Gold, assistant professor of psychology.
Rev. Lucas Endicott, CMU campus chaplain and senior minister for the two United Methodist Churches in Fayette--Linn Memorial UMC and St. Paul UMC--was honored with the ODK Outstanding Staff of the Year award.
One additional faculty/staff award presented this fall was the United Methodist Institution of Higher Education and Ministry Exemplary Teacher Award. This award went to Dr. Jeremy Reed, assistant professor of English, who has been with Central since 2008.
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