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Student to receive national award

Having been recognized in Tennessee for distinguished performance in many areas of his life, Austin Peay State University student Lloyd Michael Harris now is being applauded on the national level.

Last week, Harris was notified of his selection as the recipient of the 2008 National Association for Developmental Education Award, given to an outstanding alumnus in a developmental education program. In February, he will be presented with a plaque during NADEs annual conference in Boston.
Having been recognized in Tennessee for distinguished performance in many areas of his life, Austin Peay State University student Lloyd Michael Harris now is being applauded on the national level.

Last week, Harris was notified of his selection as the recipient of the 2008 National Association for Developmental Education Award, given to an outstanding alumnus in a developmental education program. In February, he will be presented with a plaque during NADE's annual conference in Boston.

“I believe this is the first time this award has ever been given to a student from Tennessee,” said Kay Haralson, a longtime developmental mathematics faculty member at APSU who has worked with Harris during his education career and nominated him for the award.

The national award follows Harris' acceptance of the 2007 Tennessee Association for Developmental Education student award in October 2007.
Harris survived 23,000 volts of electricity that led to the loss of his hands and has had 25 surgeries related to the accident.

"The thing I am proud of is that within the first hour after being out for two weeks, I decided I would be a teacher and a football coach, and here I am. I have made it happen,” he says.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance at APSU, Harris was a teacher and football coach at Creekwood High School in Charlotte during the Fall 2007 semester. At APSU, Harris has made the Dean's List six semesters, maintaining a grade-point average of 3.72. He also is the 2006 recipient of the University's Student Leadership Valor Award. -- Melony A. Jones