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Alumni Engagement

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Alumni Awards

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Awarded to a young alumna/us (defined as a graduate of the last decade) who has shown great accomplishment in his or her chosen profession, community, and/or public or humanitarian service.

Award Winners

  • 2014 | Blake Johnson ’09
  • 2013 | Diana Huestis ’03
  • 2012 | Sarah Sieloff ’06
  • 2010 | Suleyman Bilgutay ’01
  • 2009 | Jaime Wilke Corvin ’99
  • 2008 | Taryn Fielder ’99
  • 2007 | Angela Guyadeen ’03

The Grover C. Wrenn ’64 Service Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has rendered outstanding volunteer service to Eckerd College in any area.

Award Winners

  • 2014 | Susan Kroh McDermott ’89
  • 2013 | Matthew Staman ’92
  • 2012 | Dan Mageras ’96
  • 2010 | Lindsay Seward ’90
  • 2009 | Ian Johnson ’89
  • 2008 | Sandy Ripberger ’68, Charlie Stripling ’68
  • 2007 | Andy Haines ’86

The Suzanne Armacost Alumni Medal for Outstanding Community Service

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated a clear commitment to serving a larger community through notable volunteerism, an outstanding act of selflessness or a pattern of service to humanitarian efforts and/or causes.

Suzanne Armacost passed away on February 8, 1991, leaving behind a legacy of love and dedication to all who knew her. She was married to former President Peter Armacost and was the mother of four. Her presence and strength were felt on campus and in the community. This award is dedicated to her legacy.

Award Winners

  • 2014 | William Cooley ’68, Jean Cooley ’68
  • 2013 | Mo Eppley ’98
  • 2012 | Cindy Weatherby ’84
  • 2010 | Carolyn Eliades ’88
  • 2009 | Paul Cheney ’69
  • 2008 | Sue Cornman ’71
  • 2007 | Rebecca Blitch ’02
  • 2006 | William Nye ’96
  • 2005 | John M. Pollock ’90
  • 2004 | Robert R. Johnson ’71, John Steakley, Jr. ’83
  • 2003 | Debra Ann Albright ’86, Louis Raymond Hidu ’74
  • 2001 | Nay Malloy Howell ’75, William Robb Hough, Jr. ’76
  • 2000 | Carolyn Hall Horton ’64
  • 1999 | Brenda Bevans Remmes ’69
  • 1998 | Noreen H. Hodges ’87, Christie Cason Wheeler ’89
  • 1997 | Mary Charlotte McCall ’65
  • 1996 | David Butts ’78, John Stephen Rhodes ’69
  • 1995 | Diane L. Ferris ’86, Martha Jane Eblen ’76
  • 1994 | Elithia V. Stanfield ’74, James D. O'Donnell ’92
  • 1993 | Jan Love ’75
  • 1992 | Terry Cunningham ’88

The William H. Kadel Alumni Medal for Outstanding Career Achievement

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated a clear commitment to excellence in her or his career as evidenced by public recognition, achievement or leadership that positively reflects the College’s vision.

In 1958, William H. Kadel helped found Florida Presbyterian College and then served as president from 1958 to 1968. This was his proudest career achievement until his death on October 14, 1991. Kadel’s mission was to prepare outstanding leaders for every aspect of life. This award is dedicated to his vision.

Award Winners

  • 2014 | Karin Musier-Forsyth ’84
  • 2013 | D. Ashley Hill ’86
  • 2012 | Doug Greenfield ’71
  • 2010 | Jim Sweeny ’65, John Sweeny ’65
  • 2009 | Bill "Tex" Curtis ’71
  • 2008 | Harry Johns ’90
  • 2007 | Michael Bluett ’76
  • 2006 | William Evers ’76
  • 2005 | Susan Slaugenhaupt Nash ’85
  • 2004 | Carol Ann Baily ’69, Eva Dale Collins ’79
  • 2003 | Gabriele Giovanni Mazza ’68
  • 2001 | Linda L. Musante ’76
  • 2000 | Ernest Suarez ’80
  • 1999 | Paul R. Cheney ’69, Timothy Lightfield ’67, Stephen Updegraff ’74
  • 1998 | Robert W. Barnes ’72, Antonia E. Brown ’78, Gary L. Dunbar ’71
  • 1997 | Louis G. Tassinary ’76, Nathaniel H. Bronner, Jr. ’77
  • 1996 | Nancy G. Herbert ’74, Sandra Mortham ’89
  • 1995 | John Henry Hankinson, Jr. ’70
  • 1994 | E. Carrington Boggan ’65
  • 1993 | Paul E. Hoffman ’64, Priscilla Anne Rogers ’71
  • 1992 | Melanie S. Taylor ’74

The McArthur Alumni Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in each of the following four areas: career or profession; service to Eckerd; dedication to Church, faith or spirituality; and service to the community.

This award was established by the Board of Trustees to honor the memory of Charles McArthur, an Eckerd trustee from 1967 until his death in June 1973 and chairman of the board from 1971 to 1973. He made possible the McArthur Gymnasium.

Award Winners

  • 2014 | Susan McEwan Vastine ’64
  • 2013 | R. Ernest Mahaffey ’68
  • 2012 | Albert and Birgit Robbert ’66,’69
  • 2010 | G. Timothy Womack ’85
  • 2009 | Olester Benson ’74
  • 2008 | Mark White ’80
  • 2007 | Marion Marshall White ’74
  • 2006 | Ann Rittenberg ’79
  • 2005 | Claire S. Francis ’65
  • 2001 | Janet Darden Cragan ’77
  • 2000 | Albert Howard Carter III ’64, Rowland A. Sherrill ’66
  • 1999 | George A. Raftelis ’69
  • 1998 | Gary Sperduto ’74
  • 1997 | John T. DeBevoise ’78
  • 1996 | Trisha M. Senterfitt ’68, Jack H. Senterfitt ’68
  • 1995 | Jamie L. Serino ’80
  • 1994 | Kenneth Alan Jacobsen ’73
  • 1993 | Robert Lee Dietz ’79
  • 1992 | Chris Pedro Trakas ’78
  • 1991 | Grover C. Wrenn, Jr. ’64
  • 1990 | William Rhodes Ripberger ’65
  • 1989 | Mary Jane (Stearns) Schenck ’66
  • 1988 | D. Luke Kim ’64, Thomas R. Wayman ’72, John B. Phelps III ’65
  • 1987 | Scott M. Brownell ’71, Walter W. Enloe ’71
  • 1986 | Meredith Black McGuire ’64, Ronald H. Francis ’65
  • 1985 | David E. Eachus ’67, Henry Travers ’68
  • 1984 | Jeanne Johannessen Smoot ’64, Charles M. Stripling III ’68
  • 1983 | Raymond L. Schmidt ’64
  • 1982 | Kenneth Prest, Jr. ’70, Colleen Shannon ’65
  • 1981 | Harry K. Singletary, Jr. ’68, Bluford H. Putnam III ’72
  • 1980 | Jane Arbuckle Petro ’68, James Mitchell Reed ’69
  • 1979 | Harry Thomas Price II ’65, Arthur J. Ranson III ’65
  • 1978 | H. Thompson Houchins, Jr. ’64, Susan E. Russ ’77, Charles C. Thornton, Jr. ’72
  • 1977 | Susan Solteau Kilham ’65, John M. McGuire ’67, Roger J. Porter ’64
  • 1976 | Sherman E. Armstrong ’69, William F. Coleman ’66
  • 1975 | David B. Cozad ’68, Frederick A. Russ ’66
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