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Lindsay S. Harkey '09; Donald E. Godwin '69 and Janine Powell '88

February 5, 2019

With more than 80,000 alumni around the globe, three individuals are honored during UNCW’s annual Homecoming celebration for their outstanding achievements and service to the university and community.  

The 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees Lindsay S. Harkey '09, Donald E. Godwin '69 and Janine Powell '88 were recognized as Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Citizen of the Year, respectively.

In the 10 years since she left the Seahawk “nest,” Lindsay Harkey married her college sweetheart, Hayes ’09, and gave birth to their son Henry in August 2017. Employed full-time as general manager of dental and medical financing at Live Oak Bank, she serves on the Good Friends of Wilmington Board, the Junior League of Wilmington, and is Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association president. She has also volunteered with the Brigade Boys & Girls Club, Nourish NC, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry and chaired New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s 20th Pink Ribbon Project last year.

“First and foremost, I love time with my family,” she said. “We are huge Seahawks fans and try to give back as much as we can. We couldn’t imagine living anywhere not near the water and are obsessed with this amazing town we live in.”

For more than 40 years, Donald Godwin has tried significant jury cases throughout Texas and the nation. He has been consistently included on the lists “Texas Super Lawyers,” “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas” and “Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth.” His practice covers a range of areas of litigation. Notably, he was the lead trial lawyer in the successful defense of Halliburton concerning BP's Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest environmental lawsuit in the history of the United States.

A Wilmington native, he “came home” to deliver the keynote address to the Cameron School of Business 2017 graduates. “It is important to view this as the starting line, rather than the finish line,” he said. “I am hopeful for each of you that you will achieve many more accomplishments and celebrations like this one. Just imagine what your life will be like if you never give up.”

As director of donor relations for New Hanover County Parks and Gardens, Janine Powell helped keep information flowing to citizens during Hurricane Florence. In addition, she has served the Wilmington community in a variety of roles including past president of the Cape Fear Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; a board member for the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History and Wilmington Health Access for Teens; and volunteer for World Central Kitchen, Welcome Home Angel, Cape Fear Garden Club, Willie Stargell Foundation and the Rape Crisis Center.

The youngest of five children, she loves her two dogs and cats, “fashion, especially award show red carpets, and all things British.”

-- Caroline Cropp