Nov. 23, 2020
Two alumni from the class of 2020, Peter Andringa and Sarah Mackenzie, have won Rhodes Scholarships, the world’s oldest and best-known awards for graduate study, based at the University of Oxford in England. Andringa earned...Read More
Dec. 17, 2019
Two young alumni have been selected for the elite Schwarzman Scholars Program. Yusheng Zhang ’19 and Sandy Alkoutami ’18 earned entry to the innovative master’s degree program, modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship, that supports study...Read More
May 11, 2019
(Editor’s Note: The GAA’s Distinguished Service Medal citations, such as this one, are read to the audience at the Annual Alumni Luncheon and then presented as a keepsake to the recipients.) For Winston Crisp ’92...Read More
Two awards for public service, one for literature and one for fine arts have been presented to UNC alumni among six people given the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award.
Two men long involved in philanthropy in the state, Joseph Bryan Jr. ’58 and Tom Lambeth ’57, received public service awards. The literature and fine arts awards went to two members of the UNC creative writing faculty, Randall Kenan ’85 and Bland Simpson ’70.
Lambeth, former director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, is a former chair of the UNC trustees. He is a member of the GAA Board of Directors and chair of the Tar Heel Network.
Bryan, a philanthropist and advocate for the arts and for higher education, has made a significant impact on arts and charitable organizations such as the N.C. Art Museum, the Eastern Music Festival and Wake Forest University.
Kenan, an author and teacher, explores issues of race and identity through fiction, nonfiction and storytelling. His 1992 story collection Let the Dead Bury their Dead was nominated for several high awards and won a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction.
Simpson, a decorated UNC teacher who directs the creative writing program, is the author of several books and a member of the Tony Award-winning musical group the Red Clay Ramblers.
The other awards, presented this week by Gov. Mike Easley ’72, went to Betty Debnam Hunt, a journalist who created the child-friendly newspaper insert “The Mini Page,” for public service; and Mansukh Wani, who was instrumental in the discovery of two cancer-fighting agents, for science.