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MTSU Professor Receives 2012 John Pleas Faculty Award

Dr. Cheryl Slaughter Ellis, MTSU professor of community and public health in the Department of Health and Human Performance, is the recipient of the University’s 2012 John Pleas Faculty Recognition Award. The award is presented annually to a faculty member who has contributed significantly to the teaching, research and service of African-Americans. Ellis was recognized during a special Feb. 28 ceremony at the MTSU Foundation House in Murfreesboro. She and Pleas, a psychology professor emeritus at MTSU, joined the University faculty in 1985, and Ellis instigated the award in 1997 to honor Pleas for his contributions to MTSU through teaching, mentoring, public service and obesity-treatment research. In addition to her extensive community health- and wellness-education efforts and coordination of the popular National Youth Sports Program at MTSU, Ellis is a member of the honors and graduate faculty at MTSU.

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