Womack receives 2017 Rahamut award
Lee University’s Pam Womack was recently awarded the 2017 Janet Rahamut Award, which is given to the faculty member that exhibits the most heart for students evidenced by frequent interaction and positive involvement with them outside the classroom.
The award is named in memory of Dr. Janet Rahamut, an English professor whose tragic death in 2000 shocked the campus and left a tremendous void in the collective heart of the Lee family. The award was created to honor Rahamut’s dedication to her students, both in and out of the classroom.
Womack, a senior lecturer in physical education, joined the Lee faculty in 2011. Prior to coming to Lee, Womack taught in the Hamilton County school system for 24 years and was an administrator for six years at the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts.
“I was completely surprised when they called my name during chapel,” Womack said. “I feel humbly undeserving to receive this award and I love working with the faculty and students of Lee University. The students have truly captured my heart."
During her time at Lee, Womack has found opportunities for her students to get hands-on experience in the field of education. She and her students have been involved with Health Horizons Nutrition Camp and Healthy Heart Centers, and attend the Tennessee Allied Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Conference each year.
“She does it because she truly cares. She laughs with us, cries with us, and we are all treated as if we are a part of her family,” Lee student Rantavious Gilbert said. “Without her being there for me, I truly don’t know where I would be.”
Womack also demonstrates her commitment to investing in her students outside of the classroom by inviting them into her home for study sessions and meals.
“She cares deeply about her students, is committed to their success and she shows it to them daily,” said Dr. Mike Iosia, chair of Lee’s Department of Health, Exercise Science & Secondary Education.
A student committee led by a Student Leadership Council chairperson and sponsored by Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president of student development, chooses the recipient of the Rahamut Award each year. Womack was presented the award during a chapel service in April.