Eight faculty, staff and students in Texas A&M University’s College of Science were honored Thursday at an awards program conducted by Dr. H. Joseph Newton, the college’s acting dean.
The Association of Former Students College Level Teaching Awards went to Julie H. Carroll, senior lecturer in statistics; Victoria J. DeRose, assistant professor of chemistry; Rita B. Moyes, lecturer in biology; and Jon T. Pitts, professor of mathematics. Each received $1,000 and a plaque.
Kathryn Greenwade, director of human resources for the Association of Former Students, praised the winners, saying they were “part of what makes Texas A&M and the Aggie Network so unique.”
Mary Morgan and Fred Abegglen received the Outstanding Staff Achievement Awards. Morgan is a business associate II in the department of chemistry. She is responsible for the payroll and personnel functions for over 375 monthly payroll employees in the chemistry department. Abegglen is the operations chief at the Cyclotron Institute responsible for overseeing all aspects of the institute’s technical operations and development.
The Outstanding Staff Achievement Awards were established in 1995 to recognize staff members of their dedication, enthusiasm, accomplishments and contributions. Award winners receive $500 and a plaque.
Rachel McConnell and Alfred A. Mansour, III, received the John B. Beckham Award in Science. McConnell, from Spring, Texas, is a senior chemistry major also completing a second degree and double major in biochemistry and genetics. Mansour, from Alexandria, La., is a biology major and a member of the Texas A&M Men’s Swimming and Diving team.
The John B. Beckham Award in Science was established in 1983 by friends and family of John Beckham in recognition of and appreciation for his 36 years of dedicated service to Texas A&M University in teaching, counseling and administration. It is the highest award in the College of Science and goes to the student or students who best exemplify characteristics of academic achievement, character, leadership and extracurricular activities. Award winners receive $1,250 and a plaque.
Newton also recognized College of Science MENTORS and the heads of the statistics, mathematics, biology and physics departments introduced new faculty members at the ceremony.