Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
Each year, UNC School of Social Work honors outstanding alumni for the leadership, passion, commitment and contributions that they have made to the field of social work. The School selects these alumni based on written nominations and presents the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award(s) during the School's annual commencement ceremony.
Nominate a deserving candidate!
We need your help in identifying nominees throughout North Carolina (and beyond!) for the UNC School of Social Work Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award.
A nominee must be a graduate of the UNC School of Social Work. Nominations are evaluated based on the degree to which the nominee meets the following criteria:
- Demonstrates outstanding leadership and makes significant contributions to the field of social work.
- Demonstrates a deep commitment to highly ethical social work standards.
- Develops and/or implements major innovations that have improved the quality of life for community members.
- Benefits clients, the professional community and the social work profession through special contributions, advocacy and involvement in professional, civic and/or community organizations.
- Serves as an effective advocate for social work issues.
You may know several individuals in the social work profession who might qualify for this award. To nominate an individual, please provide a statement of nomination that includes the nominee's name, current employment or professional affiliation, contact information for both yourself and your nominee, and one or more paragraphs detailing why you believe the nominee is a Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna. You may nominate more than one individual, but please submit each nomination separately.
For 2017, nominations should be submitted by April 10, and award recipients will be recognized during the School's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13.
Please email your nomination to Jackie Pierce, associate dean for advancement, or mail your nomination to her attention:
UNC School of Social Work
Campus Box #3550
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-3550
Previous recipients — Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
2016 Gary Bowen ’76, Desdemona Faison '85, Justin Perry '09, Stephen Douglas Trantham '92
2015 Easter Maynard ’97, Michael Newton-Ward ’84
2014 Seanee Garris Alexander ’99, Mary Deyampert-McCall ’80, Chris Estes ’00
2013 no award given
2012 no award given
2011 no award given
2010 JoAnn McCatchern Swart '78, Myrna Miller Wellons '96
2009 Bobby Boyd '69, Ella Craig '50, Michelle Hughes '95, Constance Renz '74
2008 Diann Dawson '74, Debra Jenkins '77, Amanda Stone '94
2007 Holly Bowles Blanton '77, Isabel Geffner '02
2006 Connie Bonebrake '86, Louise Coggins '80, Robert Gorman '78
2005 Edwin Chapin '67, Gay Morris '81, Matt Sullivan '97, Gail Varley '80
2003 Sarah Austin ’64, Andrea Bazan Manson ’95
2002 Molly Barker '89, Sonja "Yvette" Murphy '90, Robert Stump '69
2001 McCray Benson '90, William Pollard '69
2000 Bill Brittain '65, Marilyn Maxwell '72
1999 Linda Miller Summer '48
1997 Ruby Demesme '79
1996 Frank Raymond '65
1995 Martha Beach '75
1993 Yangcha Crabb '74
1992 Sandra Mastin Cook '74