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Faculty and Staff Honored at Annual Awards Dinner

Faculty, staff, Board of Advisors members, and guests enjoyed the annual Faculty and Staff Awards Dinner, held for 2018 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.


Musicians from the UT School of Music entertained during the awards dinner reception.

Jazz musicians from the UT School of Music entertained during the awards dinner reception.

Yvette Gooden, winner of an Outstanding Staff Award, attended the dinner with husband Vernon Gooden.

Yvette Gooden, winner of an Outstanding Staff Award, attended the dinner with husband Vernon Gooden.

Award winners and guests mingled with other faculty, staff, and Board of Advisors members at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Award winners and guests mingled with other faculty, staff, and Board of Advisors members at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Dorothy Bryson, left, who recently retired as the college's Executive Director of Development, chats with Catherine Turner. Turner's spouse, Ron Turner, is a member of the college's Board of Advisors.

Dorothy Bryson, left, who recently retired as the college’s Executive Director of Development, chats with Catherine Turner. Turner’s spouse, Ron Turner, is a member of the college’s Board of Advisors.

The Faculty and Staff Awards themselves got a new look for 2018.

The Faculty and Staff Awards themselves got a new look for 2018.

Kamrul Islam, at right, won a Teaching Fellow Award for 2018. His wife, Mita Islam, accompanied him at the dinner.

Kamrul Islam, at right, won a Teaching Fellow Award for 2018. His wife, Mita Islam, accompanied him at the dinner.

The elaborate Richard Jolley artwrk in the great hall of the Knoxville Museum of Art made for an elegant dinner setting.

The elaborate Richard Jolley artwork in the great hall of the Knoxville Museum of Art made for an elegant dinner setting.

Dorothy Bryson, second from left, was recognized for her exemplary service as Executive Director of Development for the college. To her left is Assistant Professor Jamie Coble, who won the 2018 Leon and Nancy Cole Superior Teaching Award.

Dorothy Bryson, second from left, was recognized for her exemplary service as Executive Director of Development for the college. To her left is Assistant Professor Jamie Coble, who won the 2018 Leon and Nancy Cole Superior Teaching Award.

Dean Wayne Davis and Associate Dean Masood Parang, at left and right, presented the 2018 Outstanding Staff Awards. From second left are Kathy Williams, David Rogers, Ashly Perason, and Yvette Gooden.

Dean Wayne Davis and Associate Dean Masood Parang, at left and right, presented the 2018 Outstanding Staff Awards. From second left are Kathy Williams, David Rogers, Ashly Perason, and Yvette Gooden.

2018 Teaching award recipients included, from left with Dean Davis, Jenny Retherford, Eric Wade, Mike Berry, Kamrul Islam, Jamie Coble, and Jon Hathaway

2018 Teaching award recipients included, from left with Dean Davis, Jenny Retherford, Eric Wade, Mike Berry, Kamrul Islam, Jamie Coble, and Jon Hathaway

Assistant professors David Donovan, at left, and James Coder, third from left, received the Dean's Junior Faculty Research Excellence Awards, presented by Dean Davis and Associate Dean William Dunne, far right.

Assistant professors David Donovan, at left, and James Coder, third from left, received the Dean’s Junior Faculty Research Excellence Awards, presented by Dean Davis and Associate Dean William Dunne, far right.

Dean Davis and Associate Dean Dunne presented research awards to, from left, Haixuan Xu, Cong Trinh, Andy Sarles, Garrett Rose, and Eric Lukosi.

Dean Davis and Associate Dean Dunne presented research awards to, from left, Haixuan Xu, Cong Trinh, Andy Sarles, Garrett Rose, and Eric Lukosi.

Professors John Ma and Fran Li, second and third from left, received Research Achievement Awards.

Professors John Ma and Fran Li, second and third from left, received Research Achievement Awards.

Leslie Benmark was the 2018 Dougherty Award recipient.

Leslie Benmark was the 2018 Dougherty Award recipient.

Associate Dean Lynne Parker presented Dean Wayne Davis with a memory book, compiled by administrative staff, in honor of his upcoming retirement.

Associate Dean Lynne Parker presented Dean Wayne Davis with a memory book, compiled by administrative staff, in honor of his upcoming retirement.

Dean Wayne Davis

Dean Wayne Davis

Dougherty Award winner Leslie Benmark spoke of her experiences in engineering.

Dougherty Award winner Leslie Benmark spoke of her experiences in engineering.

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