University of Mobile Presents Megginson Awards to Outstanding Faculty Member and Support Staff

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University of Mobile’s highest faculty and staff honors, the Megginson Awards, were presented at the annual year-end faculty-staff luncheon May 11 at Ram Hall on campus. The Megginson Awards are chosen by committees of peers from among nominations sent by students, faculty and staff.

The 2016 William A. Megginson Teaching Award was presented to Kenn Hughes, who is completing his sixth year of teaching as director of instrumental studies in the Center for Performing Arts. Dr. Ted Mashburn, professor of humanities, presented the award and said Hughes maintains a level of excellence in the classroom that includes traditional and experiential approaches.

Hughes’ students “are frequently ‘buzzing’ with excitement as they apply their learning lab situations, live performance/application and academic scholarship,” said Mashburn.

Mashburn said Hughes’ performing ensemble, RamCorps, “has become one of the most versatile and unique ensembles in the country, presenting concerts and workshops in schools, churches, community events and on cruise ships.”

Hughes’ “creative approach” with Ramcorps, said Mashburn, has given students in the performing ensemble the “opportunity to work with students around the globe, including the Caribbean, Russia, Turks and Caicos and at the Olympics.

“Kenn Hughes travels every weekend with RamCorps as they minister, recruit and perform in schools and churches across the country,” said Mashburn.

The 2016 Emma Frances Megginson Service Award was presented to Dr. Pamela Buchanan Miller. Dr. Lonnie Burnett, chair of the Emma Frances Megginson Service Award committee, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented the award to Miller.

Miller is director of faculty support and Quality Enhancement Program (QEP). Among her many duties, she is responsible for assisting the faculty with the development of online courses.

Miller is “a tireless worker who handles her responsibilities with grace and good humor,” said Burnett, adding, “I am confident that without Dr. Miller’s diligence, our online program could not have launched successfully.”

In nomination letters, she was described as someone who “brings her optimism to every endeavor,” is “the heartbeat of our online program” and “promotes the philosophy of UMobile in the way that she personifies Christ through her relationships with students, staff, and faculty as she fulfills her responsibilities.”

Faculty and individuals who received the Megginson awards were nominated by letters from other faculty and staff members describing their character, ethics, accomplishments and contributions to UMobile.

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