THEC Honors Recent Tennessee Tech Graduate

Genetta Gibson, who graduated Tennessee Technological University in May, is having a really good year. First, the mechanical engineering major was tapped for the 1996 Derryberry Award, Tennessee Tech's premier student honor.

Only two months later, she found out that she'd won a 1996 Student Community Service Recognition Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

"Ms. Gibson has an extraordinary record of community service," says Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe. "She has been an active participant in 14 different community service activities in recent years."

That in addition to maintaining a 3.78 quality point average.

Since moving to Cookeville four years ago to begin her undergraduate studies, Gibson has spent an amazing amount of time on behalf of the community and university. She's volunteered with the Cookeville Manor Nursing Home, Haven of Hope, Chance Girl's Home and Bel-Aire Church of Christ Benevolent Program. She's helped in fund raising efforts for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Children's Miracle Network, Aid to the Blind and Hearing Impaired and Ronald McDonald House. On campus, she's participated in the university's recycling program, Early Intervention Center and Engineering Scholarship Program, as well as serving as a math and science tutor.

The list goes on.

Gibson, who will receive a $1,000 honorarium from THEC, is the second consecutive Tennessee Tech student to win the Community Service Award. Nursing student Destiny Howard received one in 1995.