AS students receive special recognition

Alumni representative Karen Corbin presents Blair Harris (BS 09) with the Applied Sciences Merit Award. Photo by Harry Briscoe

The School of Applied Sciences is proud to congratulate many students from all departments who received a wide variety of academic honors in spring 2009.

Outstanding Student

A family and consumer sciences undergraduate student was selected for this year’s Applied Sciences Merit Award. The recipient is selected by a committee of the Applied Sciences Alumni Board for exemplary achievements in academics and service. Blair Harris, of Collierville, Tenn., was chosen for this year’s award because of her outstanding academic record and her involvement in numerous service organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi and Campus Crusade for Christ. She is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Kappa Omicron Nu dietetic honor society.

Banner Bearer

Jason Jones, a social work major from Houston, Miss., was selected as this year’s banner bearer during commencement ceremonies for the School of Applied Sciences.

Jones intends to pursue a graduate degree in physical therapy and is a member of numerous honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Alpha. He works with the Boys and Girls Club, Azalea Gardens Senior Living Community, the Oxford Food Pantry and the Salvation Army.

Taylor Medalists

The School of Applied Sciences was pleased to honor three Taylor medalists during commencement ceremonies.

Medalists included Ruth Ann Cooper, who was also selected as class marshal for commencement, Katherine Sullivan and Lauren Furr. Cooper, a graduate in communication sciences and disorders, is from Corinth and also was named to the UM Student Hall of Fame. Sullivan, a dietetics and nutrition major, is from Diamondhead, and Furr, a communication sciences and disorders major, is from Pontotoc.

Commissioned Students

The School of Applied Sciences also is proud to honor several students who were commissioned to military service over the past year:

Christopher Bryan, criminal justice: U.S. Army/Military Science and Leadership

Katherine Janssen, criminal justice: U.S. Navy/Naval Science

Christopher Johnston, criminal justice: U.S. Air Force/Aerospace Studies

Joshua Locke, exercise science: U.S. Air Force/Aerospace Studies

Kenneth Savage, criminal justice: U.S. Navy/Naval Science

Andrew Walker, criminal justice: U.S. Army/Military Science and Leadership