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Fort Campbell, Ky., woman takes top student award at Commencement

Despite coping with her husbands deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan during most of her four years at Austin Peay State University, Caron Baugher, Fort Campbell, Ky., received APSUs top student award during Winter Commencement, Friday, Dec. 16, 2005.

APSU President Sherry Hoppe presented Baugher with the William McClure Drane Award, which is conferred upon the most outstanding member of the graduating class as determined by the faculty, based on character, scholarship, leadership and service.
Despite coping with her husband's deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan during most of her four years at Austin Peay State University, Caron Baugher, Fort Campbell, Ky., received APSU's top student award during Winter Commencement, Friday, Dec. 16, 2005.

APSU President Sherry Hoppe presented Baugher with the William McClure Drane Award, which is conferred upon the most outstanding member of the graduating class as determined by the faculty, based on character, scholarship, leadership and service.

Baugher graduated summa cum laude from APSU, with a double major in agriculture and biology and a minor in chemistry. A Dean's List Scholar, she is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, Chi Epsilon Mu (XEM) chemistry club and SOARE (Student Organization to Advance Renewable Energy).

During her senior year, she represented APSU and the Center of Excellence for Field Biology at the Animal Behavior Society's (ABS) Annual International Conference in Salt Lake City, where she presented a research paper on kin and self-recognition in eastern grey squirrelsthe culmination of six months of research conducted under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Barrass, director of the Center of Excellence for Field Biology.

Besides making a poster presentation at the Tennessee Academy of Sciences (TAS) Conference this year, Baugher presented her research paper on eastern grey squirrels, winning second place in the Zoology I category.

She volunteers with the Red Cross and Salvation Army, but much of her volunteer work reflects her interest in animals. Most recently, she has made donations of animal toys to the Fort Campbell Stray Animal Facility and feeding bowls and a playpen to the Nashville Bunny Rescue following the seizure of 50 rabbits by order of the state veterinarian.

During her junior year, Baugher was a tutor in statistics at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell. A member of the board of the Warioto Chapter of the National Audubon Society, she has volunteered more than 500 hours at the Fort Campbell Animal Facility and Veterinary Treatment Facility this year. These volunteer hours are in addition to the 12 hours per week she works on staff at the facility.

Baugher has applied to the veterinary medicine programs at several universities, including Auburn and Cornell.

Other students nominated for the Drane Award are: Donald R. Harris Jr., Indian Mound; Ciara L. Varnado, Belpre, Ohio; and Christopher S. McMahan and Jonathan L. McMahan, both of Clarksville. — Dennie B. Burke