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Alumnae Achievement Awards

The Alumnae Achievement Award recognizes an alumna who personifies the value of a liberal arts education and who has brought honor to herself and to the College through her outstanding accomplishments.

Recent Recipients

2013

On Saturday, September 20, Jolley Bruce Christman and Minor Michel Shaw, both class of 1969, received the Alumnae Acheivement Award.

Jolley Bruce Christman ’69
The past president of the Board of Trustees, Trustee emerita Jolley Bruce Christman, is a leader, author, and educator recognized for her work in urban education. After graduating from R-MWC, Jolley taught English and social studies in an alternative high school while participating in the Experimental Program in Urban Education in Philadelphia. After completing her doctorate, Jolley worked for the School District of Philadelphia in the Office of Planning and Research. She also taught a course in qualitative research at her alma mater, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1992, she co-founded Research for Action, a nonprofit organization engaged in education research and evaluation in urban school districts nationwide.
The Alumnae Achievement Award recognizes an alumna who personifies the value of a liberal arts education and who has brought honor to herself and to the College through her outstanding accomplishments.

Minor Mickel Shaw ’69
Minor is a noted businesswoman, philanthropist, and civic leader. She began her education at R-MWC and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has received honorary doctorates from Clemson University, Wofford College, and Furman University.

The president of Micco, LLC, a private investment company, Minor has previously served as president of both the Micco Corporation and the Mickel Investment Group, as well as the chairwoman of the Daniel-Mickel Foundation.

Minor has been extremely active in her community, and received many honors and awards including the Whitney Young Humanitarian Award from the Urban League of the Upstate, the Athena Leadership Award, the Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership, and the Order of the Palmetto, which is the highest civilian award in the state of South Carolina.

2012

On Saturday, September 15, we celebrated the accomplishments of Lynn Hume Stuart ’60 and Lois Combs Weinberg ’65 at the annual Alumnae Achievement Awards.

For four decades, Lynn Hume Stuart ’60 has contributed her time and talents in service to R-MWC, Randolph College, and the Lynchburg community. She has served as a leader in the Alumnae and Alumni Association and as a docent at the Maier Museum of Art. As a College trustee for 10 years, she focused on buildings and grounds projects and coordinated the development of the College’s Facilities Master Plan. A history major with a knack for thorough research and conscientious organization, Lynn owned and operated a tour and travel company for 11 years with another Lynchburg alumna. Lynn is a tireless and thoughtful volunteer who, through her passion for community outreach, art, architecture, and travel, has touched many with her gifts as a facilitator and leader.

Lois Combs Weinberg ’65 is devoted to community action. She has spent 30 years tutoring children with learning differences and advocating for the parents and students. Beginning with an after school program, she recognized a broader need, garnered financial and legislative support, and founded a full-time school for dyslexics which operated for 19 years and served six counties in eastern Kentucky. Currently, she is director of a non-profit institute that helps school teachers and administrators identify and remediate struggling learners with dyslexic characteristics.

2011

The College honored Dot Orgill Kirsh ’55 and Rie Meriwether Godsey ’77 as the 2011 Alumnae Achievement Award recipients on Saturday, September 17th.

For decades Dot Orgill Kirsh ’55 has volunteered, supported, and recruited others so that the fine arts and culture flourish in Memphis. She has been a docent animal presenter at the Memphis Zoo for over 10 years, working on zoo camps and education sessions for underprivileged youth, accompanying student groups, and teaching others as she cares for zoo animals. She uses her persuasive talents to bring professional dance companies to Memphis to enliven the theatre scene. Dorothy has made a difference in her community by using her liberal arts education and philanthropy as her lens on the world.

An economics major first intent on a career in banking, Rie Meriwether Godsey ’77applied her love of serving others and followed her entrepreneurial intuition to found Meriwether Godsey, a residential school dining service and catering company in 1985. Her philosophy on food service–think of every meal like a catered event–has differentiated her company significantly from others in the industry so that it now services 30 locations employing over 500 people in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvannia with creative, wholesome menus, often influenced by locally-grown and seasonal foods.

2010

Alumnae from several decades, faculty, and over 70 students attended the awards presentation held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 to honor Suzanne Savedge Wescoat ’64 and Kathy Brown ’76.

2009

Randolph College recognized two outstanding alumnae on Saturday, September 19, 2009, with the Alumnae Achievement Awards.

Mary Martin Davis Bowen ’57, a community leader in education, local and national politics, and in nature conservation and preservation in her home state of Georgia, outlined in her entertaining acceptance remarks, “It’s okay to say okay.”

Meg Green Maguire ’65 was recognized for her leadership in preservation and conservation of the natural and built environments. Her reflections, titled “Community in Place, she encouraged the Randolph students and faculty to engage in their community, wherever that may be–on campus, in their neighborhood or in the larger region, paying attention to the small details.

2008

In a presentation held on September 20 in Smith Hall Theatre, Renie Ferguson Steves ’58, an international culinary consultant, and Laura Geisel Sullivan ’74, a pathologist and hematologist, were each awarded the 2008 Alumnae Achievement Award. Introductions were given by President John Klein, followed by gracious remarks by both of the recipients.

2007

On Saturday, September 15, 2007, President Klein recognized the 2007 Alumnae Achievement Award recipients: Dorothy Johnson Lee ’48Faye Crawford Cooper ’74, and Stephanie
Pope ’75.

2006

The Awards were presented Saturday, September 16, 2006. Alumnae recognized were: Betsy Kerr Hay ’65 and Marcia Y. Riggs ’80, and Virginia Muller Shapard ’57 .

2005

Alumnae, students, faculty, and community members convened to witness the 2005 Alumnae Achievement Awards ceremony in Smith Hall Theatre September 17. Honored were Susan Kelly Blue-Zeig ’66 Kathy Morland Hammitt ’74 , andVirginia “Ginger” Hill Worden ’69.

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