Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Awards The University’s highest honor for its graduates, the recognition is reserved for those men and women whose lives and work have met C-N’s exemplary standards through dedicated service, outstanding professional success or dedication to their alma mater, humanity or the body of Christ.

The 2013-14 awardee is Dr. E. Steve Roach '72.  Dr. Roach holds The Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Chair in Pediatric Neurology at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  He is a tenured professor of pediatrics and neurology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he also serves as vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Child Neurology.  He is the immediate past president of the Child Neurology Society an the author of over 200 published works and eight textbooks, one of which received a British Medical Association honors.  In 2013, he became editor-in-chief of the medical journal Pedicatric Neurology.

A world-renowned expert on stoke in children and young adults, Dr. Roach is also sought out as a lecturer on genetic neurological diseases.  He graduated cum laude from Carson-Newman in 1972 with a BS in chemistry and biology.  He then graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and trained in pediatrics and neurology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

To nominate a Carson-Newman graduate for the Distinguished Alumni Award, please use this form.


R.R. Turner Spirit of Carson-Newman Award

Over the course of 37 years as a member of the English Department faculty, 1951 alumnus Dr. Robert Randolph Turner set a high standard for what it means to love C-N by loving its mission, ideals and, mainly, its students.   Presented by the Alumni Association, The Spirit of Carson-Newman Award was established to recognize those whose commitment embodies such dedicated service.

The 2013-14 Turner Awardee is Dr. Diana D. Carroll '69. Since coming home to join Carson-Newman's Family and Consumer Sciences faculty in 1977, Diana Dearing Carroll has served her alma mater with a joyful countenance that is reminiscent of Dr. R.R. Turner.  She has taught Consumer Services and overseen Duncan Hall's education program and hospitality, as well as served on scores of committees, task forces and councils. During her years as the Kappa Omicron Nu Beta Xi Chapter advisor, the group has won an unprecedented 24 national awards fro excellence.  Moreover, Dr. Carroll is the only person ever to receive the organization's Outstanding Advisor Award twice. 

She earned a master's degree from the University of Tennessee and her PhD from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

To nominate a current C-N employee for the R. R. Turner Spirit of Carson-Newman Award, please use this form.         

Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

Selected through a nomination process, Outstanding Young Alumni are those who within 20 years of their graduation demonstrate exceptional achievement and honor C-N’s ideals of Truth, Beauty and Goodness.  Successful candidates also portend future positive contributions to their communities, humanity and/or C-N.

The 2013-14 awardee is Cecil Stokes '97.  Mr. Stokes founded Tentmakers Entertainment in 1999.  It is likely that those with cable in the last 15 years have seen his work, which includes "America's Castles", "Three-Day Weekend" and "Blue Ribbon", to name a few. Having filled one year with some 200 such shows, he decided to produce documentaries and feature films.

Accolades for his efforts include an Emmy, a Telly, Cable Ace and Communicator awards. Honors for "A Man Named Pearl" have included two Heartland Film Festival awards, a U.S. State Department recognition and honorary mention at Cannes Film Festival.  "October Baby" captured the 2011 Red Rock Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize as the Best Fiction Feature.

To nominate a Carson-Newman graduate for the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, please use the form found here.


Alumni Awards – History

The Alumni Association has recognized graduates and friends of the University since 1961.  Awards have denoted those whose achievements, be they professional, civic, religious or humanitarian, have brought Carson-Newman honor and distinction. Recipients are selected by a committee of alumni and University representatives who screen nominations received from C-N graduates, faculty, administration, recognized chapters, or from friends of the institution. 

Previous winners can be viewed here.


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