Retired Rear Adm. Noah Long, Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy, received the Charles Coolidge Veteran of the Year Award presented at Chattanooga Area Veterans Council's annual awards dinner.
The award recognizes outstanding support of military veterans by a local veteran during the previous year. Long coordinated the planting of nearly 100 trees at Chattanooga National Cemetery, developing the tree-replacement plan, spearheading fundraising, coordinating all components and participating in the planting work.
Stacy Kehoe was selected as the 2012 Charles Coolidge Associate Veteran of the Year, which is presented to a nonveteran for significant support of the veteran community. Kehoe was recognized for her involvement with the Signal Mountain Sea Cadet Division.
Mickey McCamish received the Milton Thomas Award for his creation of the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Coalition, which supports veterans and their families by creating partnerships between Veteran Administration providers and local agencies.
New officers also were installed during the banquet. They are Lester Norton, chairman; Patty Parks, chairman-elect; Billy Hewitt, vice chairman; Dan Lovin, treasurer; Carol Laing, secretary; Bill Norton, chaplain; and Mark Parks, newsletter.
Stuart Benkert, director of bands and professor of music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has received an American Council on Education Fellowship for academic year 2013-2014.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to identify and prepare senior faculty for responsible positions in administration. Fifty Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following an application process.
In addition to his duties as a UTC faculty member, Benkert is completing an administrative fellowship at UTC in which he has worked on a faculty-based model of student engagement to increase student participation in campus activities.
He serves as chief executive officer of QSB Events, a company that brings educational performance opportunities to the region. He is president of Hyperion EduVational Consultants, which provides training and motivational presentations to corporations and schools.
Ten professional engineering organizations gathered recently to mark Chattanooga Engineers Week with an awards banquet honoring four local engineers.
Caleb Hammontree was named Carlisle Jordan Technician of the Year, which recognizes contributions to his profession and community. He is a project inspector with Thompson Engineering.
Creed Taylor of Westinghouse Electric Co. was named Young Engineer of the Year in recognition of contributions he has made to the nuclear energy industry in his first seven years of employment.
Jason Huffine received the Jo Conn Guild Engineer of the Year, which recognizes outstanding professional contribution to engineering. He is senior engineer with TVA's Substation Projects Protection and Control Engineering Department.
Richard P. Manning received the Phillip Sutton People to People Award, given to an individual for unselfish public service. Manning, retired as chief scientist of Heartland Payment Systems, is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He volunteers with First Robotics for three teams in the Hamilton County school system, and Lego robotics competitions.
Lindsey Ellis has been inducted into Phi Sigma Theta national honor society at the University of Tennessee. Phi Sigma Theta recognizes undergraduates' academic achievement.
She is the daughter of C.E. and Karen Ellis and a graduate of East Ridge High School. The sophomore is studying forensic anthropology and will begin an internship at the Knoxville Forensics Center this fall.
A novel written by Bill Simmons, a professor of New Testament and Greek studies at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., is one of the finalists in a national Christian novelist competition.
A story of faith in the early days of the United States, Simmons' "Seth Garner" could receive CrossBook's Publisher's Choice publishing deal and see nationwide distribution. CrossBooks is a division of LifeWay, a supplier of Christian books, church supplies and other items.
"'Seth Garner' portrays critical historical moments that have made us who we are today," said Simmons. "I have used Seth as the 'human face' to convey this fascinating narrative about our origins as a nation."
Simmons has been a member of Lee's faculty since 1986, teaching a wide variety of courses in the School of Religion.
Three area students were among 12 selected to present papers at the third Undergraduate Research Conference at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.
Students who participate in the conference were selected by a faculty committee.
Lindsay Haynes, daughter of James and Barbara Haynes of Ooltewah, spoke on "Development of an Alternative Dosage Form of Epinephrine HCl for the Treatment of Pediatric Anaphylaxis."
Grace Hughbanks, daughter of Randy and Sue Hughbanks of Signal Mountain, spoke on "The Flower Swallow Children: Rethinking American Responses to the Human Rights Crisis in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea."
Nathan Johnson, son of Carter and Gale Johnson of Dayton, spoke on "The Porn Path: The Dangerous Sociological, Psychological, and Physiological Effects of Pornography in America."