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15 alumni honored during Homecoming week

Group photo of the Alumni of Distinction Award recipientsEach year, UNCG’s Alumni Association recognizes some of the university’s most extraordinary graduates through a series of Alumni of Distinction Awards.

These graduates are honored for their dedication to service, community and professional excellence.

The Alumni of Distinction award winners were honored at an awards dinner last Thursday during Homecoming.

The Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux Arbuckle ’74 MEd, ’82 PhD, known for her passion for education and tireless work to improve opportunities for all children, especially the disadvantaged.

Dr. Karrie G. Dixon ’00 MA and Dr. Barbara Mitchell Parramore ’54 received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Dixon is the University of North Carolina system’s vice president for academic and student success, and Parramore is a lifelong educator, now serving as professor emerita in the North Carolina State University College of Education.

Dr. Margaret JoAnne Safrit ’57 was awarded the Alumni Excellence Award. She is a pioneer in the field of  kinesiology. Safrit was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 20 years before she became American University’s chair for its Department of Health and Fitness for eight years.

Christy Johnson ’03, ’05 MA, a songwriter, performer and actress, received the Young Alumni Award. She is the manager and front vocalist for the rock alternative band DREAMKILLER, which has produced two albums and whose songs have been featured in seven feature films.

The following alumni were named WC Legacy Award recipients: Anne Prince Cuddy ’64; Ann Turner Collins ’53; Gayle Hicks Fripp ’63, ’60 MA; Martha Kirkland Walston ’43;  Dr. Sue Medley ’65, ’76 MA, ’85 EdD; Patricia Wood Davis ’57; Alice Sink ’59 C, ’78, ’81 MFA; Rev. John A. Robinson Jr. ’69; Dr. Jerry Tolley ’82 EdD and Judy Rosenstock Hyman ’56, ’73 MEd.

By Jeanie Groh
Photograph by Martin Kane