Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-01-30

Samford University music professor Dr. Sharon Lawhon was named winner of the school's 2005-06 George Macon Memorial Award during the opening convocation of the spring semester Thursday (Jan. 26).

The honor recognizes a Samford educator who, through outstanding performance as a teacher, counselor and friend to students, demonstrates the ability to inspire students to greatness.

Dr. Lawhon was presented a silver tray and $1,000 check by Samford Provost Dr. Brad Creed, who cited her ability to expect the most of her students, to inspire them to achieve their goals, and to challenge them to become responsible students and persons of integrity.

Dr. Lawhon, who joined the Samford faculty in 1994, is chair of the voice department in the university's School of Performing Arts. She teaches voice, diction and music ministry with children. She also conducts the 70-voice University Chorale.

She holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Belmont University, and master of church music and doctor of musical arts degrees in vocal performance from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.