Thomas Awarded ATSU’s Still Spirit Award

Bertha Thomas, assistant dean of multicultural affairs, was recently awarded a Still Spirit Award during a ceremony April 15.

Recognized for her leadership in the community, Thomas was one of five recipients of the Still Spirit Award, given by A. T. Still University.

During her time at Truman, Thomas has brought programs such as Native American Storytellers and Dancers, the Black Repertory Touring Company and the Unique Ensemble Gospel Choir. She also established the Martin Luther King Read-in Event in Kirksville.

Thomas serves as an adviser for several student organizations and often can be found working evenings, weekends and during the one month of the year for which she is not contracted.

Supporters say Thomas, a wife of 29 years and mother of two sons, demonstrates how to manage both her personal and professional lives.

Other recipients of the 2010 Still Spirit Award include Gary Cunningham, G. E. “Shag” Grossnickle, Mariette Jayne, and John and Martha Rowe. More than 30 people were nominated for the award, now in its sixth year.
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