2019 Alumni Award Winners

Jennifer Sato smiling

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Awarded to a graduate of the last decade who has shown great promise and accomplishment in his or her chosen profession or through community, public or humanitarian service
Jennifer Sato ’09

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Jennifer Sato has spent her career working with survivors of torture, violence and natural disasters—and instructing others on how to help these survivors regain a sense of normalcy.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to a graduate of the last decade who has shown great promise and accomplishment in his or her chosen profession or through community, public or humanitarian service.

Sato, who graduated with honors from Eckerd in 2009 with a B.A. in Modern Languages, is a multilingual program manager and a facilitator with domestic and international experience in trauma-informed program coordination, humanitarian crisis response, team-building and cross-cultural communication. She specializes in operations and the development/facilitation of training designed to increase resiliency in post-conflict and post-disaster situations, paying special attention to increasing social functioning, identifying human rights violations and mitigating negative mental health outcomes.

Watson Haynes in a green tie

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
Watson Haynes ’84

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Haynes, a 1984 graduate from Eckerd’s Program for Experienced Learners, is the president and CEO of the Pinellas County Urban League, where he manages the agency’s long/short-range strategic planning, fiscal management and fundraising activities. Haynes holds an M.S. in Management (Managerial Leadership) from National Louis University–Tampa and a B.A. in Public Administration from Eckerd College, where he served as a member of the President’s Associates leadership group and is a graduate of the College’s Leadership Development Institute. Over the past 30 years, Haynes has held positions on numerous governmental boards and commissions—including chair of the Charter Review Commission, chair of the Social Action Funding Committee, chair of the Pinellas Community Foundation and trustee of the Gulf Coast Legal Services Community Law Program. He was appointed by the Pinellas County Commission to be a member of the Health Facilities Finance Authority and the Social Action and Mental Health Funding Advisory Board, as well as a member of the Pinellas County Transit Alternatives Stakeholder Committee for Economic Development. He serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, where he recently was appointed by the Chamber to act as a liaison between Chamber members and businesses in southern Pinellas County.

Marion White with mountains in background

Carlos F. Barbas III ’85 Alumni Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated significant career achievement in, or contributions to, the medical or scientific research field
Marion White ’74

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White received a B.S. in International Education from Eckerd College in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying electroweak interactions at electron-positron colliders at the German National Research Center, DESY, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). She remained with the MIT group until returning to the U.S. and joining the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill. As linear accelerator (linac) group leader, White was responsible for construction and commissioning of the APS electron-positron injector linac and for Argonne’s production of magnets and supports for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) undulator system, the heart of the world’s first x-ray free-electron laser at Stanford. She recently participated in Argonne’s successful contributions to LCLS-II and is currently working on other projects and on the APS upgrade project.

White has served on accelerator conference committees, chaired the 2016 North American Particle Accelerator Conference, and is a frequent participant in outreach programs to students and women. She is a longtime member of the American Physical Society and was elected secretary/treasurer of the Division of Physics of Beams in 2018. She is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and was elected vice chair of the Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Executive Committee. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Eckerd College in 2006 and the McArthur Alumni Award in 2007 and often donates to her alma mater to help fund summer physics research internships.

Mary Law outdoors

Jim Crane Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated significant achievements as an artist, leadership in visual arts education and contributions to the creative arts
Mary Law ’69

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Law has been a practicing potter for 50 years. After graduating with a B.A. in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in 1969, she apprenticed to Byron Temple and went on to earn an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. She has taught ceramics at Alfred University, San Jose State University, California College of the Arts, Haystack, Anderson Ranch and Penland School of Crafts. For the past 25 years, she has taught ceramics part time at Contra Costa College. She lives and has her studio in Berkeley, Calif., and has shown her work internationally.

Harvey Jeffries in a red tie

William H. Kadel Alumni Medal for Outstanding Career Achievement

Awarded to an alumna/us who has demonstrated a clear commitment to excellence in his or her career as evidenced by public recognition, achievement or leadership that positively reflects the College’s vision
Harvey Jeffries ’64

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Emeritus Professor Harvey Jeffries cares about the air we breathe. Eckerd College honors his life’s work in researching pollution, working with governments and corporations to improve the environment, and educating the next generation of environmental scientists.

Jeffries graduated from Eckerd College in 1964 with a B.S. in Chemistry and headed to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to continue his lifelong career of teaching and learning. He eventually earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry in 1971 and became a full professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department in 1983. In 1997, he received an exceptional leadership award from the Environmental Protection Agency for chairing a workgroup studying the ozone and regional haze. Both of his alma maters have honored him with awards in the past, including UNC’s Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award and Eckerd’s Honorary Doctorate. His research has generated $2.7 million in gifts, grants and support from projects ranging from explaining the origins of air pollution’s health effects to analyzing revisions of Texas’s ozone plan submitted to the federal government.

Sterling Watson smiling at the camera

McArthur Alumni Award

Established by the Board of Trustees to honor alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in career or profession; service to Eckerd; dedication to Church, faith or spirituality; and service to the community
Sterling Watson ’69

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Watson, a 1969 Eckerd College literature graduate who lives in Gulfport, Fla., has published seven novels—Suitcase City; Fighting in the Shade; Sweet Dream Baby; Deadly Sweet; Blind Tongues; The Calling; and Weep No More, My Brother. His eighth novel, The Committee, will be published by Akashic Books in January of 2020. He is the recipient of three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for Fiction Writing. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Gulfstream Magazine, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Chattahoochee Review and The Southern Review. He has received fellowships for residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He served for five years as chair of the Creative Arts Collegium at Eckerd College and retired from 34 years of teaching there, serving his later years as the Peter Meinke Professor of Literature and Creative Writing. For 11 years, he co- directed with co-founder Dennis Lehane the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise, held each January since 2005. He is a recipient of Eckerd’s John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award and the College’s Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the Arts—and will receive this year’s MUSE Literary Arts Award from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Before Eckerd, he taught at the University of Florida and in the Prison School of the Florida State Penitentiary.

Thomas Moore in hat

Grover C. Wrenn ’64 Service Award

Awarded to an alumna/us who has rendered outstanding volunteer service to Eckerd College in any area
Thomas Moore ’99

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Evidence of Thomas Moore’s commitment to the water can be found in every area of his life—from his work on coral restoration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to his service as chair of the Friends of the Waterfront Board at Eckerd College. The 1999 environmental studies graduate will receive Eckerd College’s Grover C. Wrenn ’64 Service Award during the College’s annual Reunion Weekend from March 1–3, 2019. The Wrenn Service Award is given to an alumna/us who has rendered outstanding volunteer service to Eckerd College in any area. Moore is the coral reef restoration lead for NOAA. In this position, he has worked for nearly 20 years on the cutting edge of tropical marine ecosystem conservation, merging science and policy to address a multitude of global and regional threats. He leads a cross-agency multidisciplinary team working on issues ranging from the role that natural infrastructure can play in mitigating the effects of climate change to the appropriateness of genetic interventions in restoring coral reefs. Moore also is co-chair of the international Coral Restoration Consortium. He graduated from Eckerd College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Policy) and, while a student, was an avid participant in numerous Waterfront programs—including the Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC- SAR) team. Moore will receive the award

Previous Winners

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018Brandon O’Shea ’08
  • 2017Ben Flagg ’12 
  • 2016 | Kaiya Waddell ’06
  • 2015 | Meghan Meehan-Draper ’10, Caitlin Meehan-Draper ’10
  • 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 Suzanne Armacost Alumni Medal for Outstanding Community Service

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.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018Jonathan ’91 and Pam ’93 Baker
  • 2017Adele Solazzo ’82 
  • 2016 | Cheryl Burke ’86
  • 2015 | Beth Miller ’65
  • 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 McArthur Alumni Award

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.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018 Peter J. Genz ’73
  • 2017 George Atkinson ’67 
  • 2016 | Terry Suarez ’66
  • 2015 | Bob Francis ’80
  • 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

The William H. Kadel Alumni Medal for Outstanding Career Achievement

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.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018Jeff Moreno ’88
  • 2017Ward Shelley ’72 
  • 2016 | Jonathan Keeton ’80
  • 2015 | David Conover ’75
  • 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 Grover C. Wrenn ’64 Service Award

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018Jack ’68 and Trisha ’68 Senterfitt
  • 2017Jesse ’91 and Mila ’90 Turtle
  • 2016 | Greg Mino ’93
  • 2015 | Robin Suarez ’85
  • 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 Carlos F. Barbas III ’85 Alumni Award

Carlos Barbas sadly lost his battle to cancer on June 24, 2014. His research focused on developing new therapeutic approaches to treating cancer and HIV and making significant contributions to synthetic biology and synthetic chemistry. This award will commemorate the life and accomplishments of Carlos F. Barbas III ’85 and his fellow alumni.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018Jane Petro ’68
  • 2017Peter Meinke ’82 
  • 2016 | Gary Dunbar ’71, ’75
  • 2015 | Sue Slaugenhaupt ’85

Jim Crane Alumni Award

Previous Award Winners

  • 2018Bede Clarke ’83
  • 2017Arthur Skinner ’72 
Check out our Alumni Award Nomination Form for any of the seven awards of excellence.