Trevecca Nazarene University

Awards presented to employees of the year

Rick Underwood, Cathy Owens, and Ruth Cox are congratulated by President Reed after they were presented employee of the year awards.
In the first employee chapel of the year, Monday, September 13, 2004, three employees were recognized for the contributions to the University during their respective tenures with Trevecca.

Mark Myers, vice president for financial affairs, presented the Staff Member of the Year Award to Cathy Owens, the secretary in plant operations. Owens, who came to work at Trevecca in 2000, enjoys music, collecting Longaberger baskets, and shopping. At Trevecca she is known for her joy of life, her listening ear, her kind heart, and her way of responding to the needs of others.

A career educator earned the Faculty Member of the Year Award. Steve Pusey, vice president of academic affairs, praised Ruth Cox, director of Trevecca's Teacher Education Program, for her contributions to students through her teaching. Dr. Cox, who has worked at Trevecca since  2000, assisted in the process that earned the reapproval of the Teacher Education Program by the Tennessee State Board of Education in August 2003. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she also serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary and Middle Schools.

The Administrator of the Year Award went to Rick Underwood, assistant dean of enrollment management, and was presented by President Millard Reed. Underwood, a native of Florida, came to work at Trevecca in 1994.  In his job at Trevecca he works to recruit new students for the University. Additionally, he is the director of TopNazareneTalent@Trevecca Nazarene University (TNT@TNU). Underwood has been very active in church work in the Church of the Nazarene, on all levels of the church.

These awards are usually presented at the annual President's Dinner, the kick-off event for the new school year. This year's dinner was canceled when a power outage on campus made having the dinner impossible. The awards presentation was moved to the first employee chapel. Award recipients, family guests, and their supervisors were honored at a lunch following the ceremony.