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Alumni Awards


2012-2013 School of Health and Human Sciences Alumni Awardees:

HHS Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given by the School of Health and Human Sciences to an outstanding alumnus/a. It recognizes persons who have attained national and/or international stature through their achievements in one or more of these areas:  teaching, scholarship, service (professional or civic), administration, or leadership (professional or civic), creative endeavors, human relationships and inspiration.

2012-2013 Distinguished Alumni Awardee: Gary L. Bowen, Ph.D., ACSW

Dr. Bowen earned a BS/BSW in Sociology/Social Work in 1971 and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies in 1981. He is the Kenan Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he co-directed the development of the Ph.D. Program in Social Work. Among many other areas of expertise, Dr. Bowen has extensive experience working with all branches of the military services and has visited installations worldwide during the past 30 years consulting with military policymakers, researchers, and practitioners across a range of mental health and social service issues. He was nominated by Dr. Dave Demo, Associate Dean for Graduate Study in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

HHS Lifetime Legacy Award

This award is for an alumnus/a who has served as a pioneer in his/her field of study and who has tirelessly given of his/her treasure through time or talents spanning a number of decades. This honoree may be selected from among the alumni of any of the seven departments and 3 programs of the School.

2012-2013 Lifetime Legacy Awardee: Nancy J. Adams, M.S., CGC

Ms. Adams earned a B.S. in Nutrition in 1960 and an M.S. in Biology – Human Genetics/Medical Genetics in 1977. Ms. Adams is credited with bringing the profession of genetic counseling to North Carolina almost 35 years ago. She created her own plan of study and clinical practicum in the field of Human Genetics and went on to become the first genetic counselor in North Carolina. When the UNCG Genetic Counseling Program was created in Fall 2000, Ms. Adams was an integral member of the planning committee. She remains active in the program as a member of the External Advisory Committee and as a clinical supervisor. Ms. Adams was nominated by Professor Nancy Callanan, Director of the HHS Genetic Counseling Program.

HHS Public Service Award

The HHS Public Service Award may be given to an individual or group who, in his or her role as a member of the faculty (including emeriti faculty), staff, administration, or as alumni or friends, has made an extraordinary contribution to the mission and advancement of the School of Health and Human Sciences.

2012-2013 Public Service Awardee: Pelagie Quenum, MPH

Ms. Quenum earned a B.S in Community Health Education in 2003 and Masters in Public Health in 2005. While a student at UNCG, Ms. Quenum took global public health to the local level by organizing African immigrant and refugee women in the Triad region to take action for their health. In 2007, Ms. Quenum started a non-profit organization, Prime Care International, Inc., where she provides health education along with interpretation assistance to immigrant and refugee newcomers in the Baltimore area. She later extended this work to address the needs of mothers and children in Chad where she created and runs the Schilo Center for Mothers and Children Living with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Quenum was nominated by Dr. Sharon Morrison in the Department of Public Health Education.

HHS Emerging Leader Alumni Award

The award recognizes exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the recipient's profession or community/society or university. The recipient exemplifies outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches. This honoree may be selected from among alumni from any of the seven departments and 3 programs of the School, within 10 years after their graduation.

2012-2013 Emerging Leader Awardee: Oluwatoyosi "Toyosi" A. Adekeye, MBBS, MPH, CPH

Mr. Adekeye is a 2010 graduate of the Master of Public Health program. He also earned a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology in 2010. Mr. Adekeye earned a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery in Nigeria in 2005. He was recently named Program Director of the Community Health Leadership Program at the David Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. In this position he worked directly with former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. He was named a Scholar in the Health Disparities Research Training Program in the Minority Health and Research Center at the University of Alabama. He is currently in the DrPH program at the University of Georgia in Athens. He was nominated by Dr. Mike Perko in Department of Public Health Education.

HHS Pacesetter Awards

This award honors outstanding alumni in the School who have attained local, state or regional recognition through their achievements in scholarship, leadership or service, during their career or through civic involvement. Each Department and Program may select a Pacesetter awardee to honor each year.

2012-2013 Pacesetter Awardees:

Amie Teague, MA (’01) – Communication Sciences and Disorders

Tracy L. Pegram, BS (’94) MS (’02) – Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Franklin J. Ard, MA (’12) – Conflict and Peace Studies Program

Edward M. Williams, MS (’03) – Genetic Counseling Program

Dawn Oakey Gartman, MS (’06) – Gerontology Program

S. Yvette Murphy-Erby, PhD (’04) – Human Development and Family Studies

Edmund O. Acevedo, PhD (’89)- Kinesiology

Jeannie C. Sykes, PhD (’86) - Nutrition

Brittan Williams Wood, BS (’03), MPH (’05) – Public Health Education

Jenise Horton-Lowe Davis, BSW (’84) – Social Work

Alumni Awards made prior to 2012: