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Many recognized at annual awards event

Austin Peay State University honored several students, organizations and faculty and staff advisers at the annual Student Organization and Leader Awards Program held recently on campus.

The programs focus is recognizing students, student organizations, faculty and staff who have made an impact throughout the year, Director for Student Affairs Services Tammy Bryant said.

The programs top honors included Mister Governor and Madam Governor, Greek Woman of the Year, Greek Man of the Year and the Vice Presidents Excellence in Leadership Award.
Austin Peay State University honored several students, organizations and faculty and staff advisers at the annual Student Organization and Leader Awards Program held recently on campus.

The program's focus is recognizing students, student organizations, faculty and staff who have made an impact throughout the year, Director for Student Affairs Services Tammy Bryant said.

The program's top honors included Mister Governor and Madam Governor, Greek Woman of the Year, Greek Man of the Year and the Vice President's Excellence in Leadership Award.

Seniors Nicholas Lee Craig, Clarksville, and Diana I. Wooten, Clarksville, were named Mister and Madam Governor. The award recognizes graduating students who have contributed to the University community through leadership, diversity and service and have participated in leadership roles on campus while maintaining high academic standards.

Craig and Wooten also were named Greek Man of the Year and Greek Woman of the Year in recognition of exceptional scholarship, involved and effective leadership, community service and honor to the Greek community. Wooten is a member of Chi Omega Women's Fraternity, and Craig is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Senior Morgan Halfhill, Clarksville, received the Vice President's Excellence in Leadership Award, given to an outstanding graduating student who has excelled scholastically, has a distinguished record of involvement on campus and has excelled in leadership.

Student awards
• Emily Ellison, sophomore, Puryear: Betty Joe Wallace Women's Studies Activist Award.
• Savannah Ward, freshman, Clarksville: Betty Joe Wallace Women's Studies Activist Award.
• Jenni Gerdom, senior, Tullahoma: Housing/Residence Life Program Assistant of the Year.
• Timothy Choate, sophomore, Dickson: Housing/Residence Life Program Assistant of the Year.
• Sarah Newman, sophomore, Jackson: the Silent Inspiration Award.
• Caleb Roberts, Greenbrier: Governors Rising Freshman Leader.
• Millie Hutchison, Clarksville: Governors Rising Sophomore Leader.
• R.J. Gossett, Clarksville: Governors Rising Junior Leader.
• David Grant Bowen, senior, Clarksville: Andrew “Drew” Simmons Intramural Leader Award.
• Sarah Bradley, senior, Pleasant View: Andrew “Drew” Simmons Intramural Leader Award.
• Brandon Hufstetler, junior football player, Chattanooga: Athlete Leader of the Year.
• Adonia Bivins, senior soccer player, Knoxville: Athlete Leader of the Year.
• Elizabeth Stevenson, graduate student, Clarksville: Valor Award.
• Deanna Hensley, senior, Harriman: Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Celebration and Promotion of Diversity.
• Will Moore, sophomore, Springfield: Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Philanthropic and Community Service.
• Joseph Nick Pitts, senior, Clarksville: Distinguished Student Leader of the Year in Spiritual Development and the Governors Pride Leadership Award.
• Megan Cleghern, senior, Erin: Governors Pride Leadership Award.
• J. Parker Goolsby, senior, Clarksville: Meningall Governors Cup Award.
• Kimberly Norfork, senior, Henning: Meningall Governors Cup Award.

Faculty and staff awards
• Dr. Perry Scanlan, assistant professor of medical technology and biology: Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year.
• Steve Wilson, Web designer in Public Relations and Marketing: Exemplary Staff Member of the Year.
• Dr. Carrie Brennan, assistant professor of chemistry and adviser of Chi Epsilon Mu Chemistry Club: Student Organization Adviser of the Year.

Program awards
• Chi Delta Chi's Funds 4 Fun Program: Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year.
• The collaboration of the NAACP APSU College Chapter and the Student Tennessee Education Association: Multicultural Program of the Year Award for the Collegiate Black History Bowl.
• The National Pan-Hellenic Council's National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Program: Thousand Points of Light Award.
• Chi Epsilon Mu Chemistry Club's Road to Success Program: Outstanding Community Service Program Award.
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's ADAPT Program: Outstanding Program of the Year.

Organization awards
• Chi Omega Women's Fraternity: Most Spirited Organization of the Year and the President's Cup Award for academic excellence.
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: President's Cup Award for academic excellence.
• Chi Epsilon Mu Chemistry Club: Student Organization of the Year.
• Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity: President's Cup Award for academic excellence and Greek Organization of the Year.

Also recognized at the Student Organization and Leader Awards Program were the 2006-07 executive officers of the Student Government Association: Nick Pitts, president; Bryan Huffman, vice president; Jeremy Smith, secretary; and Allyson Lambert, chief justice.

The 2007-08 Student Government Association executive officers-elect took the oath of office: Bryan Huffman, president; R.J. Gossett, vice president; Chris Drew, secretary; and Marc Bady, chief justice.

The Student Government Association presented a resolution to honor retiring APSU President Dr. Sherry Hoppe for accomplishments including serving as the University's first female president, guiding the University into the distance-learning age, increasing enrollment, launching a capital campaign and overseeing the construction of four new facilities.

An induction of Omicron Delta Kappa members also was conducted during the awards program. More than 100 student volunteers for the Office of Disability Services were honored. And 31 students were named in the 2007 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. -- Tabitha Gilliland