A missionary. Two educators. A philanthropist. A businessman. A breast cancer survivor. An artist. All volunteers who have given of themselves to make a difference in their communities and around the world. These people received UNCG's top awards for service May 11.
The recipients are:
Louise Coffee Maxwell Worth '40, of Comer, Ga., and Ann Phillips McCracken '60, of Sanford, Alumni Distinguished Service Award, presented to alumni who have rendered distinctive service on national, state or local levels, and made significant contributions to the liberal arts ideal.
Dr. Brian J. Clarida '02 MSA, of Greensboro, Young Alumni Award, which is presented to alumni who are 40 years of age and younger, and recognizes exceptional achievement and significant contribution to the recipient's profession or community, society or the university.
Stanley and Doris Tanger, of Greensboro, Charles Duncan McIver Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the state or nation.
T. Clyde and Dorothy B. Collins '54, of Greensboro, Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award, which honors North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished public service to their community or state. It is named in honor of Adelaide F. Holderness '34 and H. Michael Weaver of Greensboro.
These are the highest honors that the university awards each year to community, state or national leaders for their service, and this year we celebrate the accomplishments of seven outstanding individuals, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. This year's recipients have helped change the state of North Carolina and the Triad for the better and they have inspired all who know them and have worked with them.
Achievements of each recipient include:
Louise Coffee Maxwell Worth, former director of UNCG's Presbyterian Campus Ministry, has led an extraordinary life that has spanned two continents. After graduating from Woman’s College (WC), she put her degree to work as a teacher in North Carolina and at Korean mission schools, setting up Korea's first Montessori preschool. She and her husband, George, lived in Korea as educational missionaries for more than 20 years. She still teaches English as a Second Language to immigrants at Jubilee Partners in Atlanta, walking the half a mile to school at the age of 90.
Worth has also been active in peace and justice issues. She has been an advocate for racial equality all her life as well as an advocate for good housing for low income people.
Ann Phillips McCracken has given a great deal of her life to education. After graduation from WC, she spent several years teaching in Durham County Schools before earning her master's degree and becoming an English instructor at Central Community College.
In her community, McCracken is a member of the League of Women Voters of Moore County, a member of the Delta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of a local race relations group called One for One, a volunteer with Bread Basket in Sanford and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church.
Additionally, McCracken has served UNCG as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1990-94 and as president in 1991. In 1992, she was a member of the Centennial Planning Executive Board and she served on the Excellence Foundation Board of Directors from 1992-94. In addition, she was a member of the Alumni House Steering Committee from 2004-07 and has supported the Spartan Club, UNCG Libraries and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is currently a member of the Excellence Foundation Board of Visitors.
As principal of Sumner Elementary School, Dr. Brian Clarida believes all students can and will reach their full potential. He holds monthly student meetings and round table discussions so that students can have an open forum to voice concerns about school as well as their lives outside of school. To show students they matter, he has started a Community Day in which more than 50 business and political leaders come to the school to volunteer in classrooms. Clarida makes sure he too volunteers time in the community so students will have a good role model. He is active in Action Greensboro and SynerG Young Professionals. He serves on several advisory boards such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, Greensboro Historic Preservation Commission, UNCG Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, Tapestry (Weaver Foundation) and the YWCA.
He has partnered with UNCG to have 50 student interns placed at the school. He has also served on several UNCG committees such as the Board of Visitors.
Stanley Tanger, former chairman and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, and his wife, Doris, are passionate supporters of two key causes health care and education. In 1970, Doris was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was successfully treated at Duke University and the Tangers have embraced the university and the cause of breast cancer ever since. Recently, the company created the Tanger Cure Card, a specially designed gift card where 10 percent of proceeds from sales go to support the fight against the most prominent types of cancer in the U.S. lung cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. The Tangers have also played a role in supporting women's health in the Triad by creating a fund in Doris' name for UNCG's Women's Health and Wellness Center, which facilitates collaborative research within the School of Health and Human Performance.
Clyde Collins retired as the executive vice president, CFO and secretary of Southern Life Insurance Company in 1987. He retired young and has devoted his time to help develop and maintain community spirit. Clyde has served on many boards in Greensboro, including the UNCG Excellence Foundation of which he is the only emeritus member.
Dorothy is a Class of 1954 graduate who served on the planning committee for her class' 50th reunion in 2004. She has served as a volunteer in a number of community organizations including the Greensboro Opera Company, the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Mobile Meals and the UNCG Excellence Foundation.
Both Clyde and Dorothy are artists. Clyde is a potter and Dorothy a painter. As a result, both support the arts. They established the Dorothy Buchanan Collins Graduate Fellowship in Music at UNCG. Several years ago, the School of Music's Dorothy and Clyde Collins Lecture Hall was named in their honor.