Benner, Richards And Quagliana Receive CWC Award

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pictured from left to right are: Benner, VP for Administration Walt Mauldin, Richards, VP for Student Development Mike Hayes, Quagliana
Pictured from left to right are: Benner, VP for Administration Walt Mauldin, Richards, VP for Student Development Mike Hayes, Quagliana

Lee University presented the 2013 Charles W. Conn Awards to two students and one faculty member during Lee’s chapel service on Tuesday, April 23. 

Rising seniors Kyle Benner and Katelyn Richards were awarded the Charles W. Conn Servant Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership in service and ministry in the Lee community. Dr. Heather Quagliana was the recipient of the Charles W.

Conn Service-Learning Faculty Award presented to a faculty member recognized for commitment to areas of service-learning on campus and in personal service to the community. 

The awards are in honor of Dr. Charles W. Conn, president of Lee from 1970-1982. Conn was known for his spirit of servant leadership during his presidency at Lee and is the only President Emeritus in Lee’s history. 

Mr. Benner has been active in Residential Life as a SmallGroup floor leader, resident assistant, and senior resident assistant. For three years, he served as a teaching assistant for Dr. Edley Moodley. Mr. Benner has also been a part of the Student Leadership Council and the Alternative Chapel Planning Committee. He has traveled on nine international missions trips, many of which he led. 

“Kyle understands the call that Christians have to serve others and always seeks to promote the Kingdom,” said Rochelle Mayberry, who has served as the faculty liaison for service-learning with Lee’s Leonard Center. “He has not only proven his willingness and strong work ethic to accomplish meaningful goals, but enables and inspires other individuals and peers to cultivate the values and practices of servant leadership in their own lives.” 

Ms. Richards was a part of the Lee Service Council and served in Crossover, a food distribution program aimed to benefit local disadvantaged families. She also served as a resident chaplain, a teaching assistant for a leadership course, and as a children’s church worker at a local church. 

“Katelyn has exemplified the values of servant leadership,” said Ms. Mayberry. “She has exhibited a mature and compassionate worldview and proven her commitment to seek justice on behalf of others who may be disenfranchised or suffering.” 

Dr. Quagliana joined the Lee faculty as an assistant professor of psychology in 2008. She has taught numerous service-embedded courses including Gateway, Lifespan Development, Child Development, Childhood Disorders, and Community Psychology. She also has participated in various community projects such as offering parenting classes and assisting tornado victims with their trauma responses. 

“Heather has consistently demonstrated that she has a heart for service, both to students and with students as they impact the community,” said Dr. Jeff Sargent, her department chair. “She is always looking for ways to integrate service with the educational experience for our students, not as an additional requirement, but as a natural part of her belief in an integrated Christ-centered educational experience.” 

Mr. Benner and Ms. Richards are the ninth group of students to receive this award, while Dr. Quagliana is the fifth faculty member to be honored.



Judge David Campbell NSDAR Present Print Of Washington To South Pittsburg Elementary

In honor of Presidents Day, the Judge David Campbell Chapter of NSDAR visited the South Pittsburg Elementary School Tuesday and presented a large framed portrait of a George Washington to the school.  The presentation was made to students in Ashley Thomas’s fourth grade class to celebrate Presidents Day and in conjunction with the fourth grade study of the American Revolution.  ... (click for more)

Bateman Team Launches Campaign For With Purpose

Lee University’s Bateman team is launching its campaign this month for the nonprofit With Purpose. The team consists of senior public relations majors Julia Emerson, Emily Martin, Kiersten Powers, and Debra Robbins.  The team is implementing a campaign through March 15, titled “LeeU With Purpose,” focusing on sparking a conversation about childhood cancer in the Cleveland ... (click for more)

City Officials Believe Fish Kill In Small Creek In Hixson Is Related To Weather Changes

City officials said they believe a fish kill in a Hixson Creek is related to weather changes. Officials said, "The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is presently investigating the cause of the large numbers of dead fish seen in a wet weather conveyance that runs into the Tennessee River. At this point, officials believe that the cause is related to weather   occurrences earlier ... (click for more)

East Ridge Council Approves Funding For $2.3 Million Camp Jordan Upgrade; Christopher Harris Chosen As Administrative Hearing Officer

The city of East Ridge is continuing to make improvements and upgrades in the city’s appearance and facilities. At the Jan. 11 city council meeting, approval was given for moving forward to make improvements at Camp Jordan Park. This overhaul for the 40-year-old park includes upgrades to restrooms, concessions, fencing, bleachers, grading baseball and softball fields, turfing the ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We’re The Angriest State

WalletHub, a financial-health website that has found it can draw a lot of attention by ranking the states on which is “fattest,” smartest, and so forth, has just announced its “sinful” rating and Tennessee churches should be ashamed of the job they are doing in making the Volunteer State a haven for puritans. Then again, our tourism may soon explode … remember Sodom & Gomorrah. ... (click for more)