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Every year, our Distinguished Alumni Awards honors our graduates who, through their service, contributions, and accomplishments, bring distinction and honor to the College of Education and beyond.

Read about 2018's award winners

The Awards

Early Career Alumni Awards

Researcher Practitioner
Recognizes a graduate of the College who has demonstrated significant achievement in a research field in the early years of their career. Nominees are eligible for this award within 10 years of receiving their College of Education degree(s). Recognizes an early career graduate of the College who has demonstrated significant achievement as a practitioner in the early years of their career. Nominees are eligible for this award within 10 years of receiving their College of Education degree(s).

Mid-Career Alumni Awards

Researcher Practitioner
Recognizes a graduate of the College who has made outstanding contributions in a research field at mid-career. Nominees are eligible for this award within 11-24 years of receiving their College of Education degree(s). Recognizes a graduate of the College at mid-career who has made outstanding contributions as a practitioner. Nominees are eligible for this award within 11-24 years of receiving their College of Education degree(s).

Lifetime Achievement Alumni Awards

Researcher Practitioner
Recognizes a graduate of the College who has demonstrated outstanding success in their work in a research field. The recipient must be a recognized leader who has made a significant impact. Nominees are eligible for this award 25 or more years after receiving their College of Education degree(s). Recognizes a graduate of the College who has demonstrated outstanding success in their work as a practitioner. The recipient must be a recognized leader who has made a significant impact. Nominees are eligible for this award 25 or more years after receiving their College of Education degree(s).

Nominations for 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations for the College of Education's 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards open August 15, 2018 and close October 1, 2018.

To nominate an individual, please submit:

  1. Letter of nomination, including award category

  2. Two letters of recommendation

  3. Nominee’s resume or CV

  4. Contact information for nominator and nominee, including mailing address, email address, and phone number

Please submit your nomination using one of the two options below:

  1. Email: nhbutler@uga.edu

  2. Mail: Nancy Butler
    UGA College of Education
    110 Carlton Street, G2B Aderhold Hall
    Athens, Georgia 30602

Questions? Call Nancy Butler at 706-583-0390.

Award Recipients

2018

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Matt Arthur

Outstanding Educator

  • Marc Grimmett

Outstanding Service Award

  • Johnny and Rubye Sanders

Outstanding Young Alumni

  • Candice Hargons

Professional Achievement Award

  • Rebecca Miller

2017

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Delbert S. Carpenter (Stan)
  • Grady F. Shumake (Franklin)

Outstanding Educator

  • Cindy R. Quinlan
  • Sheila O. Kahrs

Outstanding Service Award

  • Lois Shortt
  • Ruth Langevin

Outstanding Young Alumni

  • Dionne Cross Francis
  • Philip Young

Professional Achievement Award

  • Gail Nemec
  • Mary R. Marlino

2016

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Cindy A. Darden
  • James A. Wilbanks (Alvin)

Outstanding Educator Award

  • Kimberly S. Bearden
  • Jessica DeCuir-Gunby

Outstanding Service Award

  • Philip Lanoue (Phil)

Outstanding Young Alumni

  • Christopher Ryan Akers (Ryan)
  • Timothy W. Puetz (Tim)

Professional Achievement Award

  • Catherine P. Bradshaw
  • Erin L. Hames

2014

Crystal Apple Award

  • Ian Altman

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Whitney Myers

Professional Achievement Award

  • Kimber Shelton
  • Tonya Harris Cornileus

Service Award

  • Mark Slonaker

2013

Crystal Apple Award

  • Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Womack
  • Merrianne Dyer
  • Timothy Dixon

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Jovita Ross-Gordon
  • Stephen Gordon

Professional Achievement Award

  • Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria
  • Tena B. Crews

2012

Crystal Apple Award

  • Nicole Pfleger
  • Vicki Tarleton

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Bruce Bracken

Professional Achievement Award

  • William Schofield

2011

Crystal Apple Award

  • Pamelia Carsillo

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Robert Fore

Professional Achievement Award

  • Betsy Bockman
  • Emily Lembeck

2010

Alumni Service Award

  • Mary Frances Early

Crystal Apple Award

  • Debbie Clark
  • Janis Stephens

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Patti Harrison

Professional Achievement Award

  • Evan Glazer

2009

Crystal Apple Award

  • Barbara Michalove

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Paul Cobb

Professional Achievement Award

  • Wei-Ming Luh
  • Xue Lan Rong

2008

Crystal Apple Award

  • Jacqueline Huffman

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Kathleen Davis
  • Randy Kamphaus
  • Sherman Day

Professional Achievement Award

  • Kathryn Shreve

2007

Alumni Service Award

  • Joan Berryman

Crystal Apple Award

  • David Ragsdale

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Glenda Lappan

Professional Achievement Award

  • Kris Beisginer
  • Vasti Torres

2006

Alumni Service Award

  • Rachael Burton Dillon

Crystal Apple Award

  • Kathleen Thompson
  • Lisa A. Sheehy

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Julia V. Clark
  • Lawrence Gerstein

Professional Achievement Award

  • Carol Kasworm
  • Craig Weidemann
  • Patrick Thompson

2005

Alumni Service Award

  • Sylvia McCoy Hutchinson

Crystal Apple Award

  • Kimberly S. Halstead
  • Michael R. Gwatney

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Cecil R. Reynolds
  • Marc E. Fey

Professional Achievement Award

  • Damon M. Evans