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Alumna, professor, student
recognized with awards

By Elaine Pugh

The School of Applied Sciences recognized a faculty member, a student and an alumnus with its annual top awards.

Young Hoon Kim, assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management, received the Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award; Rebecca Lane MacNeill of Ridgeland, a junior majoring in health, exercise science and recreation management, is winner of the school's Merit Award; and Lenoir Stanley of Corinth was chosen by fellow alumni for the Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Alumnus Award.

An awards committee chose Kim as the top faculty member from among letters of nomination by SAS students, faculty, staff and alumni. The award, which is named in honor of the school's first dean, Thomas A. Crowe, and was presented during UM's 2010 commencement ceremony, recognizes the professor's exceptional attributes in teaching, scholarship and service.

"Dr. Kim is a wonderful example of the complete faculty member," said Linda Chitwood, applied sciences dean. "He is dedicated to the welfare of his students, to the greater university community and to the expansion of knowledge within his profession."

Kim joined the UM faculty in August 2007, following completion of his doctorate in hospitality administration at Texas Tech University. He completed both master's and bachelor's degrees in hotel, restaurant and tourism management at the University of South Carolina. His academic experiences at both universities included teaching and research, with his major research being conducted in consumer behavior, hotel operation and foodservice management.

Describing his feelings upon learning he had been chosen for the award, Kim said, "It was one of my most memorable moments in my life. Because it is not just an award you can receive by your individual achievement or ability, it is more invaluable than any other award. I really appreciate all colleagues, friends, students and family."

The Merit Award recognizes MacNeill for outstanding work in academics and service among the school's undergraduates. Nominations are made by a committee in each of the school's academic departments, and the SAS Alumni Chapter board selects the honoree. MacNeill was recognized April 7 at UM's Honors Day ceremony. The award carries a $1,000 scholarship, and the recipient's name is included on a permanent plaque, which hangs in the lobby of the dean's office in the George Street House.

In nominating MacNeill for the award, John Garner, assistant professor and director of the Applied Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratory, lauded his student for her accomplishments.

"Rebecca's class work ranks second to none, as she earns the highest grade in each class and serves as a tutor for many students," he said. "Her laboratory endeavors are always of excellent quality, with her writing more resembling a graduate student rather than an undergraduate junior."

Expressing her appreciation for being chosen for the award, MacNeill said, "It's extremely gratifying to be singled out as one of the outstanding students in my chosen field. I feel very honored, and I sincerely appreciate the Alumni Association of the School of Applied Sciences for having given me this award."

A member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, MacNeill maintains an overall 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the university's highest academic honor society across all disciplines. Her extensive volunteer efforts include work with Special Olympics, United Way and the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society.

Stanley's award recognizes her professional leadership and service to the school. Letters of nomination for the award are submitted by SAS students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the school's Alumni Chapter board makes the selection.

Both Lenoir Stanley and her husband, John Stanley, are UM graduates, with degrees in home economics and business, respectively. Lenoir Hall, home of the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management, was named for her following the building's renovation, which was made possible by a gift in her honor from her husband, a successful businessman. Over the years, however, Lenoir Stanley's contributions to the School of Applied Sciences have been much more than buildings and funds.

"Ambassador, mentor and friend, these are the words I would use to describe Lenoir Stanley's contribution to the School of Applied Sciences and the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management," Chitwood said. "Not only is she willing to give of her time and talents for the betterment of this university and its students, but she also exemplifies the dedication to community service we strive to instill in our students."

Stanley said she is honored to receive the award but feels that her husband is the one who really deserves it.

"I am very proud of my college major, and if I had it to do again, I would not change a thing. I have used my major probably every day since college. However, the biggest fan of my major is my husband, John, who has been very supportive of the School of the Applied Sciences. Just know we are very proud of our alma mater and the school."

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Lenoir Stanley (left) accepts the Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Alumnus Award at UM in February. Young Hoon Kim, assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management, received this year's Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award. Rebecca MacNeill, a junior majoring in health, exercise science and recreation management, won the school's Merit Award.

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