Martha Leake Receives VSU Service Award

Dr. Martha Leake Receives VSU Service Award
By Julia Ariail
Posted August 6, 2013

Dr. Martha Leake.

Christ Church Member and Valdosta State University Professor Dr. Martha Leake received the VSU Award for Excellence in Service on Monday, August 5 at the 2013 Fall Faculty Convocation. A member of the Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences Department, Dr. Leake has taught at Valdosta State since 1982. Dr. Edward Chatelain, head of the department, nominated Dr. Leake for the award, and President William McKinney presented her the plaque that has a photograph of fireworks over the VSU dome on West Hall.

At the presentation, Assistant VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Sheri Gravett emphasized several of Dr. Leake’s contributions to the community: six years service on the faculty senate, lectures at the Sister to Sister program as a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a presentation on space photography entitled, “Graced by a bit of Space” at the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage, and participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs for several summers presenting planetarium shows.

“My private mission in community outreach and in my classes is to enhance science literacy,” said Dr. Leake. “It always surprises me how much misinformation is out there.”

At Christ Church Martha serves on the Altar Guild, as an acolyte, and as a lay reader at the 8 a.m. Sunday services.