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Georgia College Alumni Association presents 2012 Alumni Awards

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Georgia College Alumni Association presented its 2012 Alumni Awards during the annual banquet held April 20 in the Student Activity Center’s Magnolia Ballroom.

 

• William Bone Golden Key Award: Stan Wilson ’77

Stan Wilson, '77Stan Wilson, '77Stan Wilson has dedicated himself during the past three years to chair the “Pillars of the Future,” the university’s first comprehensive capital campaign.

The 1977 accounting graduate served as the public face for the campaign, surpassing the goal to hit the $10.35 million mark.

The trial lawyer and his wife, Debi, made one of the first  campaign “lead gifts,” pledging to create a new presidential scholarship.

After earning a law degree, Wilson joined the firm of Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson in Atlanta, serving as managing partner. His law practice defends employers in employment-related litigation and in traditional labor matters, including unfair labor practice proceedings, representation cases, arbitrations and collective bargaining.

Wilson serves on the Board of Trustees at Georgia College; the Board of Directors at Transitions Hospice Care; and the Board of Directors at Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. He’s a fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Leading American Business Lawyers, Georgia Super Lawyers (Top 100 Vote-Getter) and Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite.

The 2008 William Bone Golden Key Award, presented from time to time to honor friends of Georgia College who have rendered to be alumni or connected to the Alumni Association, honors alumna William Thomas Bone of the class of 1910.

 

• Alumni Heritage Award: Barbara “Babs” McAlister ’62

Babs McAlister '62Babs McAlister '62Babs McAlister emerged as a alumni leader shortly after earning her education degree in 1962 at Georgia State College for Women. She works tirelessly behind the scenes for her alma mater.

During the past few years, the retired teacher has been one of the volunteer leaders for the “Golden Slipper” reunions in Milledgeville and Atlanta.  She also chaired the Class of 1962 50th anniversary reunion to fantastic results.

She has served as a leader on the Alumni Board, chairing the Scholarship Committee for the past several years. 

Babs is a servant leader that demonstrates quiet leadership and serves as an example.  In addition to her Georgia College “work,” Babs serves in volunteer leadership roles at her church and throughout the Palmetto community.

The Alumni Heritage award is presented annually to an alumnus who, in four or more decades, has lived a life that exemplifies the traditions and heritage of the university.

 

Alumni Achievement Award: Sherrilyn Kenyon ’90

Sherrilyn Kenyon '90Sherrilyn Kenyon '90The New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the No. 1 spot 16 times during the past three years.

With more than 25 million copies of her books in print in more than 100 countries, her current series include: The Dark, The League, Chronicles of Nick, and Belador. Since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list.

Kenyon describes Georgia College as an integral part of her life that opened writing career doors for her. She first conceived and penned the Dark-Hunter novels while living in Wells Residence Hall.

Professors, faculty, staff and librarians inspired her hopes and dreams of becoming a writer.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Sherrilyn is married and has three sons.

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented annually to a graduate who has excelled in a professional field and attained prominence by having a positive effect on either the state, regional or national level.

 

Recent Alumni Award: Anthony “Morgan” Stallings ’03

 Anthony "Morgan" Stallings '03Anthony "Morgan" Stallings '03After graduating with an economics degree in 2003, Morgan  pursued a master’s degree in economics and quickly distinguished himself as a Senior Consultant at Booz, Allen, Hamilton — a leading technology and organizational consulting firm. 

While his professional achievements are noteworthy, they come with the exercise of moral character.

His personality traits, combined with his education and work experience, augur well for continued success in his career — one that provides great benefits for society.

Morgan gives back to the university, a place that helped build his foundation of business knowledge and analytical thinking, preparing him for a successful career.

Since graduating with a master’s degree from American University, Morgan regularly has been a part of panels on career services and “Getting into Graduate” school.   

Stallings is a certified project management professional; serves as a deacon for Mountain Park First Baptist Church in Stone Mountain. He and his wife, Amy, a Georgia College alumna, have two children, Jackson and Charlotte.

The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award is presented annually to an alumnus who has graduated within the past 10 years and has established notable recognition in a professional or business career with promise for continued success.

Ethel Rae Mozo-Stewart Service Award: Keith Barlow ’91

 Keith Barlow '91Keith Barlow '91Keith Barlow is dedicated to the Milledgeville-Baldwin County community. As publisher of  The Union-Recorder he touches the lives of citizens five days a week, helping keep the community informed.

His commitment and civic contributions go deeper. He serves with Habitat for Humanity, Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, Milledgeville Players, Salvation Army, American Heart Association and Forward Baldwin.

The information systems and communications graduate is an active Rotarian, serving in numerous leadership capacities.  He also currently serves on the advisory board for the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College.

A native of Columbus, Ga.,  Keith and his wife, Paige, have two sons: Kevin and Branden. The family attends Milledgeville First United Methodist Church where Keith has served on the personnel committee and chairman of the board of trustees.

The Ethel Rae Mozo-Stewart Alumni Community Service Award is presented annually to honor alumni with a history of service that resulted in visible improvements within the community. The award was established to honor an alumna from the class of ’46.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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