The Alumni Awards honor alumni for exceptional achievement and significant contributions to their profession, community, society, or university. Awards are presented annually at an event during Homecoming weekend.
The nomination window for the 2023 Alumni Awards has closed, but stay tuned for the winners to be announced during the Homecoming 2023 celebration.
Pictured: Our 2022 Alumni Award recipients (L-R), Susan McDonald ’67, Jeff Collins ’84, Ann Thomas ’57, Alice Garrett Brown ’65, Jean Lojko ’80, and Devon Smith ’13.
The UNCG Alumni Association established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by an alumna/nus of UNCG. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumna/nus of UNCG, and recognizes those who have made significant professional achievements or have distinguished themselves through service to others.
The WC Legacy Award is given to alumni of either Woman’s College or UNCG. Emphasis is placed on characteristics that were important during the WC era, which included service, social or political activism. Each year, there will be a minimum of one recipient who attended Woman’s College 1934-1963.
The Minerva Award for Distinguished Service recognizes alumni who have given devotion, service, and visionary leadership to UNCG, the UNCG Alumni Association, academic colleges, or the Greensboro community at large.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes exceptional achievement and significant contributions made to the recipient’s profession, community, society, or the University. This award is given to UNCG alumni who are 40 years or younger when nominated.
The Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement in any professional field. The award is given to alumni with records of notable career accomplishments and histories of outstanding contributions to their professions. These achievements have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University, and benefit to their communities.
The Honorary Alumni Award is bestowed on friends of UNCG who embody the Spartan spirit with significant contributions to the University’s welfare through loyal service and support.
WC Legacy Award
Anne Stroud Taylor is an esteemed educator, community leader, and advocate for heritage preservation from Faison, North Carolina. Her lifelong commitment to education and community service has left an indelible mark on her town and county. With a legacy defined by educational excellence, historic preservation, and community enrichment, Anne Stroud Taylor’s impact on Duplin County is an inspiring testament to a life dedicated to service and progress.
WC Legacy Award
Anne Hayes Tate’s dedication to service began with her transformative years at UNCG, where she earned her math degree in 1968. Following her UNCG years, Anne’s dedication extended to her professional life. She served as an Assistant Director of Admissions, tirelessly promoting UNCG across North Carolina and facilitating the admissions process for incoming students. Anne’s journey exemplifies her profound dedication to service, preserving the Alumni Association’s significance, and fostering a vibrant UNCG community.
WC Legacy Award
For over three decades, Jeff has been a guiding force at UNCG, where his commitment to students and the University shines brightly. His journey began in 1986 as the “Coordinator of Cooperative Education” while pursuing his MA, and in 1988, he began a 36-year career of teaching at UNCG. Guided by his passion for teaching and advising, Jeff’s devotion to students and his institution remains steadfast. As a person of faith, he credits God for the opportunity to fulfill his purpose at UNCG, a place he deeply loves.
Young Alumni Award
Eric graduated from UNCG in 2011 with his BA in Music and his BS in Business Administration. During his tenure at UNCG, he participated in a wide variety of campus activities, including serving as a Founding Father and President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and held leadership positions in the Student Government Association. He is also an active cyclist, musician, and community volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors for the Bryan School Alumni Association, the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is an active member in the local Rotary chapter.
Professional Achievement Award
In a career that spans five decades, Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy has been a prize-winning journalist; a tenured professor at UNC Chapel Hill; and the author of two books on digital media strategies and five major reports on the state of local news in the United States. She then became one of the first female senior executives on the business side of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. For her journalism and business accomplishments, she was inducted into the North Carolina Media and Journalism Hall of Fame. With an illustrious career marked by groundbreaking achievements, Penny Muse Abernathy continues to shape journalism’s future while honoring its past.
Professional Achievement Award
Jaren “JD” Doby is a psychotherapist currently credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Jaren currently practices as an Outpatient Mental Health Therapist in the State of North Carolina. In addition to his professional practice, Jaren acts as a mental health consultant for various universities and professional organizations both locally and abroad. Jaren’s professional accomplishments have distinguished him as a leader in his field, and through his efforts to give back to the community, he embodies the spirit of a true Spartan.
Honorary Alumni Award
Mary Landers began her tenure as the Director of Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of the UNCG Alumni Association in July 2013. The decision to join the UNCG community was the beginning of a ten-year career at the University — a relationship that remains steadfast today. With over 25 years of experience in higher education alumni engagement and admissions, Mary’s enduring passion for building traditions and strong volunteer partnerships served to elevate many of the University’s alumni programs. Mary’s influence will impact future generations of students, staff, and alumni, and we are proud to officially recognize her as a member of the Spartan Alumni family!
McIver Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom Martin’s investment in the culture of Greensboro has etched a profound legacy. Championing athletics and education, he exerted influence as a member of the Greensboro Sports Council’s Executive Committee for eight years and took the helm as President in 2005. In 2003, Tom concluded an illustrious career of over thirty years with the City of Greensboro, where he served in various roles and retired as Greensboro Planning Director. His degree in Political Science from UNCG gave him a strong foundation upon which to build his life’s work of public service.