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Professor Laura Lynn Kerner Receives Award from Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

July 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, Laura Lynn Kerner, has been tapped to receive the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama’s Distinguished Woman Award. The award is open to women in Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan or Winston counties. Kerner will be one of nine local professional women to be recognized at the Scout’s ceremony in early August. She is the first from Athens State University to receive this distinction.

Kerner was nominated by a professional colleague, a former student, and a local city school administrator for her work with at- risk students in middle schools and high schools. She was also nominated for her work with area non-profit organizations, for her promotion of the arts and for her historic preservation efforts. She regularly incorporates philanthropic efforts into her classroom curriculum at Athens State.

“To be honored by the Girl Scouts is truly humbling,” states Kerner. “I hold that organization in such high regard that to be a part of what they do is thanks enough. What I and my students have accomplished for area non-profits has been a learning experience for us all – and very rewarding.”

Each award recipient was selected due to their personal record of outstanding contributions to her community and/or profession, and serves as a positive role model for all past, current and future Girl Scouts.

Kerner has served as President of both professional and civic organizations and has been awarded many professional honors. She was elected President and later honored as a Distinguished Member of the Mississippi Health Information Management Association, and received the Teaching in Excellence Award from Athens State University.

Kerner’s passion now is to develop self-esteem in students and to teach them life management skills. This led her to write a book entitled: How to Market Yourself: Being Empowered to Succeed, which is used in marketing principles courses at Athens State. She uses this book to teach students how to use marketing principles to market themselves. Her second book, My Success Manual is the basis of the SUCCESS program, a program for risk students in middle and high schools. She has done extensive research on issues facing women on college campuses identifying low self-esteem and obsession with appearance as being the major issues.

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves more than 15,000 girls across 36 counties, ages 5-17, who are developing crucial life skills that help them grow courageous and strong so they can make wise choices in today’s world and beyond.


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