Home Carrollton Coming home: UWG’s annual Alumni Weekend festivities set for April 28-30

Coming home: UWG’s annual Alumni Weekend festivities set for April 28-30

The University of West Georgia loves to celebrate its more than 73,000 alumni all over the world in an effort to enhance the sense of belonging and connectedness among the alumni community. During the upcoming Alumni Weekend, April 28-30, the UWG Alumni Association will proudly recognize some of its outstanding graduates during the 46th annual Alumni Awards.

Allyson Bretch, executive director of alumni and constituent engagement for UWG, said she is excited to welcome and honor so many alumni with so many incredible accomplishments in alignment with UWG’s strategic plan.

“Alumni Weekend is an amazing opportunity to engage and network with friends – old and new,” Bretch said. “We have a robust schedule of events this year, and I hope to see many alumni back on campus this spring, creating core memories with fellow alumni and friends.”

Highlighting the weekend will be the Alumni Awards presentation, a program that began in 1977 that recognizes UWG alumni who have achieved marked success in their fields. The awards include Alumni Achievement Awards; the H. Franklin Pritchett Jr. Service to Humanity Award; the Honorary Alumna/Alumnus Award; the J. Owen Moore Faculty/Staff Award; the Lillian Williams Champion of Diversity Award; and the Spotlight Award.

The event will also include presentations of the coveted Thriving Under 30 awards, which recognize young alumni who have made a significant impact in their career industry while exhibiting dedication to UWG and positively representing the university.

To kick off Alumni Weekend, UWG alumni will gather at The Amp in Carrollton on Friday, April 28, with an evening of fun that includes a concert with live music. On Saturday, the Alumni Awards Celebration Dinner will take place in the “UWG Jazz Lounge” at the Campus Center Ballroom and will feature the Alumni Awards and Thriving Under 30 presentations.

Following dinner and awards, there will be a special “Alumni Night at the Observatory.” To round out the weekend of fun and comradery, the “Peach Basket Brunch” will be held Sunday morning featuring Key Farms, an alumni-owned business.

Learn more about Alumni Weekend and register here.

See below for the full list of 2023 Alumni Award winners:

Achievement Award in CACSI: Arts & Humanities
Eric Graise ’15

Achievement Award in Education
Trent North ’91 ’97

Achievement Award in Communications, Film & Media
Bode Brooks ’19

Achievement Award in CACSI: Math & Sciences
Yong Suh ’01

Achievement Award in Honors College
Allison Key ’02

Achievement Award in Business
Luis Scott ’05

Achievement Award in University College
Joseph Aaron ’71

Achievement Award in Graduate School
Lauren Meyer ’08 ’16

Achievement Award in Nursing
Kelly Dyar ’17

H. Franklin Pritchett Jr. Service to Humanity Award
Eddie Duffey ’73

Honorary Alumna/Alumnus Award
Kathryn Grams

J. Owen Moore Faculty Award
Oliver Duah ’13 ’17

J. Owen Moore Staff Award
Sonya Barnes

Lillian Williams Champion of Diversity Award
Cara Herzog ’08

Outstanding Recent Alumna/Alumnus Award
Roger Lascorz Guiu ’14

The Circle Award
Brad Mock ’12 ’15

Thelma Harman Turner Alumni Loyalty Award
Bunny Duncan ’77 ’89

Alumni Board Service Award
Judy Rowell ’17

Spotlight Award
Jared Yamamoto ’12

Thriving Under 30 Award
Jon Goodfriend ’17 ’20
MK Anderson ’14
Olubanke Taiwo ’19 ’22
Alexandra Robinson ’16
Lauren Peet ’16
Kendalyn Watkins ’19 ’21
Anisa Pennie ’17
Ryan Sammon ’19
Jaylin Evans ’19
Reginald Terril White Jr. ’19
Peter-John Goulbourne ’16
Neil Phillips ’17
Sydney Francis ‘21
Mitchell Henderson ’18 ’21
Shavonn Bennette ’14
Jordan Head ’16
India Westbrook ’16 ’20
Samuel Sykes ’16 ’18
Taylor Smith ’18 ’21
Raequon Jones ’17
Dylan Matthews ’18

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Sam Gentry is a lifelong resident of Carroll County, Georgia. In August of 2007, while enrolled at the University of West Georgia, Sam worked at University Communications and Marketing for two semesters as a student assistant. He began writing for a local newspaper that same year. After graduating from UWG in 2010, Sam continued working for the same paper, where he made his way through the ranks, eventually becoming General Manager in 2017. Sam joined the UCM team again in January of 2020 where he serves as Manager of Media Relations. Besides being a liaison to media outlets, Sam’s writing efforts are focused on the Richards College of Business. In his free time, Sam enjoys writing songs, woodworking, and traveling with his wife, Becky, and four children: Samantha, Will, Audrey, and Gracie.