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Awards Honor UT Students, Faculty

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Awards Honor UT Students, Faculty

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Some of the University of Tennessee's brightest students, faculty and staff were recognized earlier this month for their excellence.

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek saluted the accomplishments of key members of the campus and community during the university's Honors Banquet at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center on April 9.

Among the UT faculty members that received awards was Jan Simek, president emeritus and distinguished professor of anthropology. Simek was given the university's Macebearer Award, the top faculty honor, which was given for his contributions to the university in admin-istrative leadership, scholarship and teaching.

Other faculty members receiving awards at the event were:

- Thomas J.A. Heffernan, interim director of UT's Humanities Center and English and religious studies professor, who received the Alexander Prize for superior teaching and distinguished scholarship.

- Law professor Penny White, who received the Jefferson Prize, which is given to faculty members who have "demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity or who have made other significant achievements that might not be recognized in the usual university reward system."

- Randall Small, ecology and evolutionary biology professor, who received the L.R. Hesler Award for sharing his broad knowledge of biology and creating an engag ing learning environment.

Along with these faculty members, many students received awards for their various accomplishments at UT.

The Torchbearer Award is the highest honor given to a student and is based on academic achievement, leadership and outstanding service. Seven UT students received the Torchbearer Award this year and participated in the ceremonial "passing of the torch" at the event. The recipients are:

- Lauren Charles, a senior from Brentwood, Tenn. …

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