Alumni Association

Alumni of Distinction

September 24, 2014

Alumni of Distinction

On Thursday, October 30, the UNCG Alumni Association and Chancellor Linda P. Brady will present the 2014 Alumni of Distinction Awards, in recognition of outstanding service and achievement.

In 1960, the Woman’s College Alumnae Association, as it was then known, awarded the first Alumnae Service Award to Laura Weill Cone “10 for her “unselfish and faithful service to the advancement of the College.” To this day, our university motto of “Service” remains at the core of every alumni award that is bestowed.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Award, Excellence Award and Young Alumni Award, we will be introducing the Woman’s College Legacy Award, a new distinction for alumni of any generation who embody the values that hearken back to the WC era. We will also recognize outstanding UNCG seniors with the Spartans of Promise Award.

The 2014 honorees:


Distinguished Service Award

Carolyn Burnette Ingram ’69

Carolyn Burnette Ingram is an attorney and a pioneer among women in the law. Her career has been one of firsts: One of only two women in her entering class at Wake Forest Law School; the first North Carolina woman lawyer to clerk in the state appellate courts; the first female law clerk for the United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina; the first woman to practice law in Henderson County; and the first female faculty member at Campbell Law School. She has been in private practice since 1981 and has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina. In addition, she has been an important advocate for historic preservation, the arts, legal aid for indigents, the Democratic Party, her county hospital foundation, her church, and the legal profession.

Josephine Alexander Foster ’52, ’55 MEd, ’64 PhD

Dr. Josephine Alexander Foster is a dedicated teacher, professor, and administrator who has devoted her life to promoting education in the Carolinas. After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in home economics from Woman’s College, Dr. Foster became the first person to receive a PhD from UNCG, which she was awarded in 1964 in the field of child development. She has served as a professor, department head or administrator at Virginia Tech, Columbia College (SC), East Carolina, Winthrop, and Appalachian State. She also served as assistant principal at Alexander High School (NC) and assistant superintendent for Alexander Public Schools. A person of many talents, Dr. Foster has also worked as an author, a filmmaker, the Director of Head Start in Greenville (NC) and Alexander County, and a consultant in the field of early childhood development.


Alumni Excellence Award

Judge Beth Keever ’72

Judge Beth Keever graduated magna cum laude from UNCG in 1972 and has remained active with the university, serving on the Alumni Board of Directors and as president of the Alumni Association from 1998-2000. Following graduation from UNC Law School in 1975, she joined the District Attorney’s Office in Cumberland County as its first female assistant district attorney. While in the DA’s office, she helped to develop a victim rights program and a county domestic violence program. Judge Keever was appointed District Court Judge in 1982, has served through eight elections and became Chief District Court Judge in 1994. Her awards include Judge of the Year from the NC Association of Women Attorneys, Woman of the Year by NC Lawyers Weekly, the Franklin Flaschner Award of the American Bar Association, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.


Young Alumni Award

Cristina Rolo ’04 PhD

Cristina Rolo, PhD, has established herself as an emerging leader in international sport psychology. Dr. Rolo has been a physical education teacher and university professor, and currently focuses on her international performance enhancement and well-being consulting practice. She and sport psychologist Dave De Haan, her partner in business and life, have been pioneers in the field. Together, they have organized and conducted elite coaching clinics, offered certified workshops, authored numerous books and articles, presented at international conferences, and served as performance enhancement consultants to several top ATP tennis professionals. Dr. Rolo also spends her time doing pro bono consulting, raising funds for nonprofit organizations and engaging in public service. She lives in Portugal and has two children.


Woman’s College Legacy Award

Sally Schindel Cone ’72 MEd

Sally Schindel Cone is well known for supporting organizations that range from education to the arts to HIV/AIDS prevention. She and her husband Alan have worked with the United Way, Greensboro Urban Ministries, Greensboro Symphony, Moses Cone Hospital and the Boy Scouts of America, to name a few. Mrs. Cone has shown her passion for women’s issues in her work with Planned Parenthood and as a founding member of the Friends of Women’s Studies at UNCG. She co-chaired a campaign to raise funds to create the Linda Carlisle Professorship in Women’s Studies. Mrs. Cone’s service to UNCG has been extensive including membership on the Board of Trustees, the Students First Campaign Committee and six years as president of the UNCG Excellence Foundation.

Sadye Dunn Doxie ’57

Sadye Dunn Doxie is a native of Bladenboro, North Carolina. Throughout her undergraduate years at Woman’s College she was active in student life, and she was elected by her classmates as Everlasting Class President. Upon graduation, she was appointed as WC’s first field representative, visiting high schools and alumnae groups in North Carolina and neighboring states. After completing the Harvard-Radcliffe graduate program in Business Administration, she returned to WC, holding positions as director of undergraduate admissions and dean of students. She then moved to Washington, D.C., where she held upper level management positions at VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission until her retirement in 2001. She and her husband Melvin Doxie provide continuing support to undergraduate students in the School of Health and Human Sciences through the Dunn-Doxie Scholarship.

Betty Crawford Ervin ’50

Betty Crawford Ervin came to Woman’s College in 1946 after having moved frequently during her youth and attending four high schools in different cities. She was accepted into the Golden Chain Society in the second year of its existence, which remains one the proudest moments of her life. Morganton became her home after she married Sam J. Ervin III in 1952, with whom she had four children: Sam, Betsy, Bob and Margaret. She and Betsy would later become the only mother and daughter to both serve as president of the Alumni Association. Mrs. Ervin was also on the Board of Trustees including a term as chair. She is very proud of the success of her alma mater and its strong, vital Alumni Association, and holds firm that nothing she has done for WC/UNCG can compare to what it has done for her.

Linda Flowers ’68 (deceased)

Linda Flowers, born a tenant farm child in eastern North Carolina, rose out of poverty to become a scholar, author, speaker and teacher. Her teachers in her hometown of Faison helped her to go to Woman’s College; and, after dropping out, she returned at the urging of Dr. Amy Charles in the English department. Ms. Flowers went on to receive an MA from Ohio State University and a PhD from the University of Rochester. She then became a fellow at Folger Library in Washington, D.C. before coming back to North Carolina, where she became chair of the English department at NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. She also served on the executive committee of the North Carolina Humanities Council and on the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory Panel. Her book, Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina, is – like her life – a testament to the enduring human spirit which help the weak grow strong and the strong grow great.

Eric Hart ’96

Eric Hart is committed to saving lives and preventing parents from having to endure the tragedy of losing a child. Mr. Hart founded and serves on the board of 4 Philip dot org, a nonprofit organization working to find a cure for Addison’s disease. Since founding the organization shortly after losing his son Philip in 2009 from complications associated with Addison’s disease, Mr. Hart has worked tirelessly to build the volunteer-based group with the goal of saving children’s lives. He has partnered with physicians at Duke University Children’s Hospital to increase awareness and fund research of the condition, and has also led successful effort to educate Wake County first responders on emergency treatment for those suffering from Addison’s disease.

Jessie Donathan Howard ’49

Jessie Donathan Howard graduated from Woman’s College in 1949 and, in 1951 married Rev. Walter Howard. Mrs. Howard earned an associate’s degree in nursing and enjoyed more than 50 years in various specialty positions, including 15 years in labor/delivery at Wesley Long Hospital. She was one of three nurses to initiate the local chapter of the program now known as Meals on Wheels, and prepared and delivered the first three meals to homebound seniors in Greensboro. She was also on the initial steering committee to begin the local American Red Cross bloodmobile, and served on Guilford County’s committee to inspect nursing homes and retirement centers for NC compliance. Mrs. Howard received a 20 year service award from the American Red Cross and commendation awards from two North Carolina governors for her work with seniors. Mrs. Howard has two children, Cindy and Lee.

Tom Martin ’70

Tom Martin, retired planning director for the City of Greensboro, was the first male to serve as president of the UNCG Alumni Association, and played on the university’s first men’s basketball team. He holds the all-time record for most rebounds in a single game (26), and was inducted into the UNCG Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Mr. Martin has served on the Spartan Club Executive Committee and the UNCG Excellence Foundation, as well as the Greensboro Sports Council, the Greater Greensboro Open, the Building Committee for St. Pius X Church, the Carolina Theatre Commission and the Friends of Greensboro Parks & Recreation Foundation. He was also the tournament director for the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships. Mr. Martin received the Southern Conference Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and is a life member of Greensboro Jaycees. He is married to Mary Hoyng Martin ’71, ’78 MEd.

Carol Furey Matney ’63

Carol Furey Matney, a resident of Asheboro, is a past president of the UNCG Alumni Association (also serving as a board member and the chair of the Finance Committee) and of the UNCG Excellence Foundation, and has served on the UNCG Board of Trustees. A former president of Matney Consultants, Inc. from 1979 to 1999, she sold the business in 1999, but continued to serve as a consultant until 2000. In addition to serving UNCG, Matney has served as a trustee for Randolph Community College and the Randolph Community College Computer Advisory Board. She was the first female member and the first female president of the Asheboro Rotary Club. She and her husband of 39 years, Ted Matney, have two adult children.

C. Neill McLeod ’57

Dr. C. Neill McLeod was the first female president of a community college in North Carolina. She retired in 2005 from her post as senior vice president of student services at Wake Technical Community College. She received her MS and EdD from North Carolina State University, focusing on Community College Education Administration. She is the recipient of the North Carolina Adult Education Association Service Award (1982); the UNCG Alumni Association Service Award (1982); “Tarheel of the Week” from the Raleigh News and Observer (1982); YWCA of Wake County Education Award (1989); American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges’ Outstanding Woman of the Year Award (1989); NC State University Department of Adult and College Education I.E. Ready Distinguished Graduate Award (1995); and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2005).

Whitty Ransome ’67

Whitty Ransome is the founding director of The James Center at Garrison Forest School in Maryland, and served for almost two decades as a founding co-executive director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. An educator her entire professional life, Ms. Ransome was director of admissions and financial aid at Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts and Ransom Everglades School in Florida. She is a 1967 graduate of UNCG and received her master’s degree from the University of Miami. In March 2011, she was named by Baltimore’s Daily Record on its prestigious “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” list. She has written extensively on the subject of girls, math, science, technology, leadership, and financial literacy. She has appeared on ABC, CNN, NBC and NPR. Ms. Ransome is married to Tom Wilcox; they live in Baltimore and have two children, Kate and Christopher.


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