Outstanding JSU Women Receive Regional Honors/Awards
Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU News Bureau
Jacksonville -- April 10, 2001 -- On March 22, Girl Scouts of Cottaquilla Council celebrated the 10th anniversary of Women Committed to Excellence in the Calhoun County Community. Every year, awards are given to outstanding women of this community.
Six nominees were from Jacksonville State University and two of them won their categories.
Dr. Maureen Newton, assistant professor of Sociology and social work at JSU, was named Outstanding Distinguished Professional. Newton has performed extensive research and works with those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Therefore, she is in great demand as a motivational speaker.
Her volunteer work includes JSU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, JSU Student Social Work Club, Calhoun County Judicial Volunteer Program and Family Services Center of Calhoun County.
Kristy Chapman Ellard, admissions counselor at JSU, was named Outstanding Junior Professional for her work at JSU. Ellard organized "Girl Scout Day on the Quad" at JSU. During this event, over 300 Girl Scouts visited JSU for numerous events. She also instituted "Job Shadowing Day" that allowed county high school students to observe different jobs on campus.
JSU's Ambassadors is also the brainchild of Ellard. Ambassadors serve as representatives of JSU and help recruit new students. Ellard currently serves as an advisor for the ambassadors.
Ann L. Poe was nominated for Outstanding Professional. Poe serves as coordinator of supplemental learning services at JSU where she helps students reach their goals. Poe has assisted countless at-risk students who may not have completed their education without her help.
Though her work with these students often carries over into her "off hours," she finds time to volunteer with Second Chance, Cheaha Juniors and the Donoho Athletic Committee.
Jennifer Leigh Ferrell, instructor of English at JSU, was nominated for Outstanding Junior Professional. While pursuing her Master's degree, she worked in the Center for Individualized Instruction where she helped JSU's international students prepare for the English Competency Exam.
Ferrell currently serves as a faculty adviser for incoming freshmen at JSU.
Dr. Pat Cosper Borstorff, assistant professor of management at JSU, was nominated for Outstanding Educator. Borstorff teaches international business courses at JSU, upper level management courses in human resource management and graduate courses in organizational communications.
Because of her extensive knowledge of Japanese Economics, when Honda decided to locate in this area, Borstorff was asked to hold training sessions about Japan.
She also serves as faculty advisor for the Society for the Advancement of Management, Society for Human Resource Management and Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Connie Williams, instructor in the Department of Learning Skills at JSU, was also nominated for Outstanding Educator. To accommodate her students, Williams often develops curriculum materials or even entire courses to address their learning goals.
Williams serves on the Jacksonville Arts Council and the Board of Directors for Circle of Champions, a non-profit Christian organization designed to develop character in high school athletes in a seven county area.
Applicants are nominated annually by past winners and nominees. Once nominated, each applicant answers questions about their achievements, organizations to which they belong and opinions they have.
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