Sharon Kay Edwards of Flintville, the McMinnville branch librarian for Motlow College, is a nominee for the 2019 Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Statewide Outstanding Achievement & Recognition (SOAR) Excellence Awards for community colleges in Tennessee.

Cassie Zebick, a Motlow State sophomore from Tullahoma, and Gregg Garrison, professor of biology from McMinnville, are also nominees.

Nominees for the SOAR award must meet an extensive list of requirements. Each Tennessee college names model leaders from its own student body and employees to represent it in this statewide program.

The SOAR Staff Excellence Award’s foremost criterion is an overall excellence in the responsibilities of a staff member’s specific appointment service and/or professional activity. Service is also recognized on many levels including service to the department, school, college, profession and community. Candidates should be able to demonstrate distinction beyond normal job responsibilities, reflecting excellence in those areas.

Edwards, who has served as the McMinnville branch librarian since 2018, is a leading advocate for Tennessee libraries and is in her third year of service as the Tennessee Library Association’s (TLA) Legislative Monitor and chair of the Legislative Committee. This past spring, she received TLA’s “Making a Difference” Award at the 2019 TLA annual conference. The award recognizes Edwards’ efforts to increase awareness of the importance of libraries, especially within state and federal legislative infrastructures.

SOAR Student Excellence Award nominee criteria includes recognizing TBR’s critical impact on Tennessee’s overall workforce readiness and economic future, having a strong work ethic, a dedicated sense of loyalty, a healthy enthusiasm for promoting education throughout Tennessee, maintaining high-academic standing and exhibiting exemplary service at the student’s institution and throughout the community.

The foremost criterion for the SOAR Faculty Excellence Award is an overall excellence in the responsibilities of a faculty member’s specific appointment including teaching, scholarship, service and/or professional activity.

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