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ACC Honors Distinguished Alumni

 

 

Alamance Community College alumni, faculty, staff, and students were honored by the College Thursday evening at the 2014 Celebrating Excellence Awards, hosted by the ACC Board of Trustees and the ACC Foundation Board of Directors. The annual event, held at Alamance Country Club, honors those who have achieved distinction through hard work and dedication.

 

Among those who spoke at the event were Dr. Algie Gatewood, ACC president; Dr. Gene Couch, Executive Vice President; Charles R. Harris, President of the ACC Foundation Board of Directors and retired President of Twin Lakes Community; Carolyn Rhode, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the ACC Foundation; and Scott Williams, Partner-Gilliam, Coble & Moser LLP.

 

Among those who spoke at the event were Dr. Algie Gatewood, ACC president; Dr. Gene Couch, Executive Vice President; Charles R. Harris, President of the ACC Foundation Board of Directors and retired President of Twin Lakes Community; Carolyn Rhode, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the ACC Foundation; and Scott Williams, Partner-Gilliam, Coble & Moser LLP.

 

2014 Distinguished Alumna

Marti Asher of Burlington graduated from ACC with a 4.0 GPA in Accounting after her youngest child started elementary school. She previously earned a B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University and began her career with Gilliam Coble & Moser, LLP in 1977 as a part-time bookkeeper. Today she works at Gilliam Coble and Moser as an audit manager and is a vital member of the leadership team. She is a member of ACC’s accounting advisory board. Marti is an officer with CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center, the United Way of Alamance County Finance Committee and several other organizations.

 

The Distinguished Alumni Award is for an alumna who has achieved a significant level of success as a direct result from the education gained at ACC.

 

Asher was presented with the Presidential Medallion, designed by Jesse Vaughn, retired Mechanical Drafting Technology instructor. A new medallion is crafted each year by Computer-Integrated Machining department. Made of brass, the medallion features the college seal and a blue ribbon.

 

Inspiration Award Recipient

Sonya DeLong Lynn of Graham graduated from ACC in Early Childhood Education in July 2013. She wrote a business plan, secured a loan and opened her own business as a result of the training she received at ACC. Today she is the owner of Sonya’s Kidz Depot and Child Care Center in Graham, a Four-Star Center with 40 children enrolled. She is an avid supporter of Toys for Tots, is a member of the Alamance Partnership for Children Board of Directors, and sponsors a girls’ Little League softball team. She also puts on her jogging shoes for many charitable causes.

 

The Inspiration Award is given to an alumna whose life serves as an inspiration to others.

 

Other nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Award were:

Barry Joyce, retired insurance executive

Sam Hargrave, Hollywood stuntman

Mark D. McIntyre, Sr., retired superintendent of Life Safety at UNC-CH

Sarah “Blythe” Terwilliger Jackson, patrol officer with City of Mebane

 

Also recognized were:

John Neathery, Sociology instructor, as the College’s Excellence in Teaching winner

Tabithe Fisher, Nursing instructor, as Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year

Erin Flowers, Coordinator of Testing, as Staff Member of the Year

Emma Marie Alston, Academic & Career Readiness instructor, as Continuing Education Instructor of the Year

 

Student Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Carrie Parker of Mebane graduates this spring from the Associate Degree Nursing program. The Mebane resident completed the Associate in Arts degree with High Honors in May 2012 at ACC before enrolling in the nursing program. She has carried a 3.9 GPA this semester. Through her past work as Spanish Club president and student ambassador, Carrie has learned to try new things and be a leader and positive example for others. She plans to pursue a Master’s of Science in Nursing and become a nurse practitioner. “Alamance Community College has had a tremendous impact upon my life,” she says. “The faculty, students and sheer love resonating from everyone has helped me to blossom into a successful woman who will continue to journey forward after college. Through ACC, I learned that everything is possible…If I can dream it, then I can do it.”

 

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