University of Mobile Presents Megginson Awards, Recognizes Faculty and Staff at Spring Luncheon

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile’s highest faculty and staff honors, the Megginson Awards, were presented at the annual year-end faculty-staff luncheon May 1 at Ram Hall on campus. The university also announced promotions, service awards and recognitions.

The Megginson Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the university in the areas of teaching, research and service. Recipients are chosen by committees of peers from among nominations sent by students, faculty and staff. The recipients are honored for their character, ethics, accomplishments and contributions to the university.

The 2018 William A. Megginson Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Jamie O’Mally, assistant professor of psychology.

The 2018 Emma Frances Megginson Service Award was presented to Dr. Debra Chancey, assistant vice president for accreditation and the Office for Academic Affairs. Chancey was also honored for completing her doctorate this year.

The 2018 Mitford Ray Megginson Research Award was presented to Dr. Michael Robinson, assistant professor of history. Henderson was also presented with a university medallion in recognition of his recent promotion to full professor.

Additionally, a new award was introduced to celebrate a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in student engagement inside and outside the standard classroom setting and intentionally fostering community among students. Recipients of this award are nominated by faculty, and selected by a committee of peers.

2018 Faculty Engagement Award was presented to Nick Cillo, assistant professor of finance and management, and founder of finals week tradition “Up All Night,” an all night study and comfort session for students hosted by faculty.

Service awards were presented to faculty and staff for years of service. Employees are honored at five-year marks.

30-Year Service Award: J. B. Locke

25-Year Service Award: Diann Carithers, Kathy Dean, Kim Fobes, Dr. Pam Miller, Shirley Sutterfield

20-Year Service Award: Calvester Marks, Haley Rodgers, Donna Wilkins

15-Year Service Award: Dr. Roger Breland, Latonya Gadney, James Gilley, Dr. Al Miller, Rusty Roberts

10-Year Service Award: Dr. Julie Biskner, Brenda Chastain, Scott Dearmon, Danette Irwin, Lynnelle Kahalley, Dr. Bob Olsen, Melanie Rice, Dr. Stephen Schuler, Trey Taulbee

Five-Year Service Award: Megan Cary, Danny Chancey, Dr. Cassidy Cooper, Rachael Counselman, Charnel Et-Tawil, Linda Fontenot, Zach Gaines, Kilwana Jackson, Joe Kennedy, Dr. Buddy Landry, Ellie Lawrence, Jacob Lewis, Julia Lucy, Brett Pritchard, Dr. Michael Robinson, Amanda Pritchard

About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers Brunson

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Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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