Alumni Association recognizes achievement and leadership

Jim Crupi receives the Alumni Hall of Fame Award.
Dr. Jim Crupi, ’70, president and founded of Strategic Leadership Solutions, received the Alumni Hall of Fame Award from Mary Helen McGruder, ’68.
Ten individuals were recognized during UNG’s Alumni Weekend 2017 for outstanding leadership, service and excellence in their roles serving or attending the university.

This year’s Alumni Hall of Fame Award was given to Dr. Jim Crupi, ‘70, president and founder of Strategic Leadership Solutions, for his outstanding professional career and contributions to community service. Crupi is a member of the Board of Advisors for UNG’s Institute for Leadership & Strategic Studies and a trustee of the UNG Foundation.

Nancy Clark receives the Golden Steeple Award.
Nancy Clark, ’54, received the Golden Steeple Award from Jimmy Anderson, ’90.
Nancy Clark, ‘54, president of the UNG Alumni Association Board of Directors, received the Golden Steeple Award for her long record of support and extraordinary contributions to UNG and the Alumni Association.

Bob Babich, ‘85, a member of the UNG Alumni Association Board of Directors, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his support of the university and excellence in his profession and community.

Capt. Shannon Vaughn, ‘07, received the Young Alumni Award for his excellent professional career and outstanding contributions to community service.

Lt. Col. Bruce Gannaway, ‘98, received the Ralph Colley Spirit of North Georgia Award, which is given to an alumnus who has experienced adverse circumstances in his/her life and has risen above those circumstances to live an exemplary life.

While conducting dismounted operations with his Cavalry Troop on Dec. 21, 2007, Gannaway was injured by an improvised explosive device and lost his left leg below the knee and suffered a severe injury to his left arm. Rather than taking a medical retirement, he requested to remain active duty, and subsequently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Comptroller for the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Dr. Donna Gessell, professor of English, and Dr. Ben Wynne, professor of history, received UNG Distinguished Professor Awards for excellence in teaching and service to students, the university and scholarly publication.

Cameron Harper, a senior nursing student, and Krystal Jemmott, a senior majoring in criminal justice, received the Paul M. Hutcherson Outstanding Student Award for demonstrating the highest ideals of citizenship through their accomplishments on campus or in home or community life.

Katelyn Shook, a freshman who plans to major in biology, received the Dot Strother Scholarship due to her demonstrated citizenship and leadership potential.

Lt. Col. Bruce Gannaway receives the Ralph Colley Spirit of North Georgia Award.
Lt. Col. Bruce Gannaway, ’98, (right) received the Ralph Colley Spirit of North Georgia Award from Jim Brown, ’94.