December 17th, 2011 in Life Entertainment

Bearden wins service award

University of Phoenix, the nation's largest private university, has awarded alumna Judy Bearden with a Community Service Award for her commitment to volunteerism.

Bearden was recognized for providing support to the community in a variety of ways from organizing home projects for patients, to recovery efforts following the April tornadoes.

Bearden used her expertise as a nurse to provide on-site health care to tornado victims immediately following the storm, and also supported Ider High School in its effort to rebuild the music program.

"University of Phoenix is dedicated to supporting the communities we call home, so it's an honor to recognize Judy with the Community Service Award for her commitment to donating her time and energy back to our local area," said University of Phoenix Chattanooga Campus Director Marc Crosby.

Diamond in college legislature

Bethany Diamond was among 10 Bryan College students who took part in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the legislative and judicial process.

Students in the legislative tract proposed and debated bills in committee and floor sessions. In the judicial tract, student lawyers argued a case before the student supreme court. Other students covered proceedings as part of a student press corps.

Wyrick receives math award

Karen Wyrick, associate professor of mathematics at Cleveland State Community College, recently received the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Teaching Excellence Award.

The award honors educators who have made outstanding contributions to mathematics or mathematics education at a two-year college, and recognizes teaching excellence.

UTC black alumni honored

The UTC African American Alumni Achievement Dinner was held recently in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center to recognize significant contributions of alumni.

Receiving African American Alumni Achievement Awards were:

* Dr. Horace Traylor, Lifetime Award. Traylor was former president of Chattanooga City College; retired president of Miami-Dade Community College Foundation, District Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Miami-Dade Community College, and first black graduate of University of Chattanooga.

* Terrell Owens, Athletics;

* Dr. Richard Brown, Business;

* Valitus Edwards Sr. and Kenneth Parks, Community and Civic Service

* Dr. Loretta Prater, Education;

* Dr. Wayne Goins, Entertainment and Arts;

* Gary Lampley, Entrepreneurship;

* Dr. Pamela Ross, Health care.

Scholarship recipients

* Rachel Frye, an employee of the Ooltewah Bojangles, has been named a recipient of a $1,000 Jack Fulk Scholarship.

Ten scholarships, established in memory of Bojangles' co-founder Jack Fulk, are being awarded for the first time to Bojangles' employees or their immediate family members who are interested in furthering their education.

* Jessica Ingle, daughter of David and Tina Ingle, has won one of two $500 awards in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars' program, The Summer Success S2 Challenge.

She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attends UTC, where she is a member of Golden Key honor society, the Society for Advancement of Management and the Society for Human Resource Management.

* Share America Foundation Inc. recently presented Emily Hullender of Tunnel Hill, Ga., the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship for $1,000.

Hullender attends Chattanooga State Community College, where she is working toward a career as a dental hygienist. She is the daughter of Jeff and Donna Hullender of Tunnel Hill.

-- Compiled by Susan Pierce