• Honors Day set for March 23

    Posted: March 03, 2011

    Author: Meaghan Gordon

     LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama will recognize outstanding students for their academic achievements and leadership roles at the institution’s annual Honors Day on Wednesday, March 23.

    Faculty and staff will recognize students for their honor society memberships, and several scholarships and special awards will be presented at the Honors Day Convocation at 2:30 p.m. in Bibb Graves Auditorium. Prior to the awards ceremony, students will be treated to a luncheon with speaker Cathy Valentino, author-in-residence for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company who has presented keynote address and workshops in 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

    In addition to recognizing student honorees, the University will also induct two alumni into the Society of the Golden Key, the highest honor bestowed upon a UWA graduate.

    Ashley G. Allen of Oneonta, a 1992 and 1994 biology graduate, discovered 300-million-year-old animal trackways in the Union Chapel Coal Mine, now an Alabama state geological preserve considered to be the best amphibian trackway site in the world. The Oneonta High School teacher and Alabama Paleontological Society president was named Alabama’s Outstanding Earth Science teacher in 2005. He also received the 2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

    Dr. Truddie Edwards Darden, a Lisman native and 1977 biology and chemistry graduate, is medical director at Atlanta’s Morehouse Medical Associates. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. A Morehouse College School of Medicine associate professor and administrator, Darden has earned numerous awards throughout her career. Darden is also an active member in the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians and National Medical Association.

    For more information about Honors Day, please call 205-652-3531.
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