Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Recognizes alumni who achieved honor and distinction with reputations that extend well beyond the environments in which they live and work.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Recognizes outstanding alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years from UNCW.
Distinguished Citizen of the Year
Recognizes those individuals that exemplify the characteristics of uncommon and outstanding service to the community as well as the university.
Alumni Association Awards
Distinguished Alumni Award 2016 Honorees
The UNCW Alumni Association recognizes alumni and friends for their outstanding achievements and their services to the university and community. Award recipients are honored each year during Homecoming.
Distinguished Alumna - Caroline Reda ’85
Reda is the Vice President, North America Region, for Power Services, a $15 billion organization within GE Power. The largest industrial services business in GE, Power Services and its affiliates have approximately 25,000 employees in more than 150 countries. In this role, Caroline is responsible for developing and delivering a regional strategy that provides utility customers the technology, knowledge and insights they need to manage the entire lifecycle of their power plants. Reda previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, where she was responsible for leading the global nuclear business and overseeing the joint venture between GE and Hitachi Corp. Through Reda’s leadership, GE has recruited a number of UNCW interns and full-time employees. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from UNCW and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University. Reda actively supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA). During her tenure at GE Hitachi, the company’s campaign raised approximately $500,000 annually to support United Way-affiliated charities, providing nearly 25 percent of the UWCFA’s total operating budget. At UNCW, Caroline and Ralph Reda, a former UNCW faculty member, are members of the Clocktower Society and the UNCW Society. They funded installation of a campus beautification project, including a sundial, at the entrance of DeLoach Hall and recently established a studio art scholarship in memory of her sister, Teresa L. Koska ’91, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in October 2015.
Young Alumnus - Travis Corpening ’00, ’06M
Corpening is the Director of the Nixon Minority Male Leaders Program at Cape Fear Community College and a doctoral student at Hampton University. He also serves as one of the state advisers for the Minority Male Mentoring Program (3MP). After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, he founded a company called ShaperSpeaks to educate and empower young people. He later designed “Eye of the Mentor,” a staff development training program with an accompanying book, as a means to bridge the cultural divide between students and educators. Through his company, he leads a program for future entrepreneurs called “Young Mogul” and he conducts a weekly Cumulus Broadcast radio show. In 2014, Corpening was recognized by the Wilmington StarNews as one of “12 to Watch” in the Cape Fear area.
Distinguished Citizen - A. Farrell Teague ’54
Teague, a Wilmington College graduate (as UNCW was known before joining the University of North Carolina system in 1969) is one of the earliest recipients of the President’s Medal of Achievement, now called the Hoggard Medal, in honor of former President John T. Hoggard. After graduation, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan with the 9th Engineer Battalion for much of his military career. After completing his service, Teague returned to college, earning a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina. Teague, now retired, had a lengthy professional career as an executive with Belk Inc. He first joined the company while in college, working in the Wilmington store. His career included leadership roles at locations in Wilmington, Sanford, New Bern and Hickory, N.C. In each city, Teague was actively involved in many civic and church organizations. In 2015, he discovered that the Wilmington College historical marker on the south side of Market Street was missing, and he worked closely with the Alumni Association to arrange for its replacement. Last fall, Teague donated his vintage 1954 Wilmington College emerald green blazer to Randall Library, and he and his wife Geraldine established the A. Farrell Teague Merit Scholarship, to be known as The Teague Award. This award will be presented during the Cornerstone Awards, the same award ceremony where the Hoggard Medal is presented.
Alumni Awards for Professional Schools
Cameron School of Business - Outstanding Alumni Awards
The UNCW Cameron School of Business annually presents the Alumni of the Year Awards to recognize CSB alumni who have achieved honor and distinction within either their professional or personal lives. Standards for consideration include distinctive records of achievement with recognition and reputation which extend well beyond the immediate environments in which they live and work. This record of distinctive achievement should extend over a substantial period of time to assure continuity of performance, stability and maturity. Nominations are accepted from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the Cameron School of Business. Nomination forms are posted in the fall and the award is given at the Alumni & Retired Faculty Mixer in the spring.
School of Nursing Outstanding Alumnus Award
The UNCW School of Nursing Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award is presented at the annual Nurses Day Banquet in May. Alumni who are chosen must have graduated in 2010 or prior and exemplify the spirit of excellence in nursing directly working with patients along with providing service to their community. Nominations are accepted from alumni, faculty, staff and community members. Nomination forms are posted in the spring.
Watson College of Education Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
Each year the UNCW Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter recognizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions to education and who represents the commitment to excellence typified by the Watson College of Education. Nominations are accepted from alumni, faculty, staff and community members. Nomination forms are posted in the spring and the award is given at the WCE graduation reception in May.
J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award
The J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award honors a faculty member who exhibits the qualities of service and leadership that Dr. Crews personified throughout his life. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty/staff member, alumnus/alumna, student or community member. The recipient will be awarded a $500 stipend. Nomination forms are posted in the spring and the award is given at the fall faculty meeting in September. See a list of past recipients and other faculty award winners.
The Alumni Association annually presents two awards to graduating seniors at the Cornerstone Award Luncheon prior to May graduation. Any UNCW student, staff, or faculty member can nominate an undergraduate or graduate student by February for consideration.
William A. Bryan Senior Leader Award
This award is presented to the member of the senior class who best exemplifies the ideals of service to others, collaboration, leadership and devotion to UNCW. The graduating senior must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, be in good standing with the university and exhibit integrity and creativity. The award winner receives an inscribed clock from the Alumni Association.
Rachel Freeman Service Leadership Award
This award is presented to the member of the senior class who best embodies the ideals of service to others, commitment to social justice and collaborative leadership. Recipient receives a cash award of $250 sponsored by the UNCW Alumni Association. The purpose of the award is to recognize the senior on campus who best exemplifies the ideals of service to others, commitment to social justice and collaborative leadership and who has demonstrated their commitment to social justice though community service and servant leadership.