ETSU School of Graduate Studies honors ‘Outstanding’ students


JOHNSON CITY— The East Tennessee State University School of Graduate Studies recently honored its recipients of awards for outstanding graduate work. Each award was determined by a committee comprised of graduate faculty members representing different disciplines and chaired by a member of the ETSU Graduate Council.

Each award winner was presented a plaque and $100. The names of these award recipients will be on permanent display in the School of Graduate Studies lobby in Burgin E. Dossett Hall.

Timothy Southern of Fletcher, N.C., was honored as the Outstanding Dissertation Award recipient for his study, “Examination of Microsporidia Spore Adherence and Host Cell Infection in Vitro

Mark Sharman of Northampton, England, received the Outstanding Thesis in the Arts and Humanities Award for his work, “A Study of How Four Black Newspapers Covered the U.S. Masters Tournament, 1994 Through 2001.”

Bradley Edwards of Jonesborough was honored for the Outstanding Thesis in Education and Social Sciences for his investigation, “Media: Effects on Attitudes toward Police and Fear of Criminal Victimization.” He received his bachelor’s degree from ETSU and is now pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice. He is employed by the Jonesborough Century 21 Home Team. Married to Nyela Edwards, he is the son of Dennis and Judy Edwards of Harrogate.

Christian Muenyi of Johnson City earned the Outstanding Thesis in Science, Math, Technology, and Computer Science Award with his study, “Vitamin E (Tocotrienols) and Prostate Cancer: A Protemics Approach.” He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buea in his native country of Cameroon, and he is employed by the Department of Pediatrics in the ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

Patti Andrews Marlow of Elizabethton received the Outstanding Capstone Award for her project, “The Quilt, the Patterns, the Makers Yesterday and Today: From a Utilitarian Mainstay to a Twenty-first Century Object of Art.” The recipient of an associate degree from Milligan College, she earned a bachelor’s degree at ETSU and is currently pursuing a master of arts in liberal studies degree with a concentration in Appalachian Studies. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda honorary society, and she has been employed by the ETSU Department of Music for 18 years, serving as events coordinator. The wife of Randy Marlow and mother of two children, she is the daughter of Walter and Betty Andrews of Hampton.

Two awards were given for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Associate or Assistant:

Angela Barlow taught within the ETSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The Johnson City resident also received a James H. Quillen Graduate Scholarship for her studies toward a master’s degree in sociology. She is the president of Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honorary society and the recipient of the Dorman Stout Sr. Academic Excellence in Sociology Award. She received her ETSU undergraduate degree summa cum laude in 2006.

Wyatt DesOrmeaux taught in the ETSU Department of Mathematics. The son of Robert and Lorraine DesOrmeaux of Mosheim, he attended the University of Florida and Tusculum College before entering the master’s degree in mathematics program at ETSU. He collaborates with the United States Department of Agriculture in new crop development for Tennessee. A member of Gamma Beta Phi and Kappa Mu Epsilon honorary societies, he is also the recipient of a James H. Quillen Graduate Scholarship.

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