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Women of Vision presents Harmon with inaugural Service Award

C-N’s Kay O’Brien, left, presents Donna Harmon with the first WOV Distinguished Service Award.

C-N’s Kay O’Brien, left, presents Donna Harmon with the first WOV Distinguished Service Award.

Carson-Newman University’s Women of Vision (WOV) recognized Donna Harmon, of Morristown, as the recipient of the first WOV Distinguished Service Award.

In honor of Harmon’s example of the organization’s ideals and purpose, a framed drawing of Sarah Swan Residence Hall was presented to Harmon by C-N’s First Lady and WOV chair Kay O’Brien during the WOV’s inaugural convention held Saturday, March 9, at C-N.

“It is truly no exaggeration to say that WOV would not have been able to accomplish a fraction of what has happened in the last two years without Donna Harmon,” said O’Brien. “The entire C-N family is the glad recipient of her gifts and talents. She truly embodies the Women of Vision spirit and has earned this distinguished recognition.”

The award, which recognizes WOV members whose contribution to the C-N community clearly exemplifies the mission of WOV in an exceptional manner, was originally awarded at the Carson-Newman Philanthropy Dinner in October.

Saturday’s WOV convention was an opportunity for WOV members to celebrate with Harmon.

The mission of WOV is to inspire women to seek to glorify God and further His kingdom by nurturing truth, enhancing beauty and enriching goodness, which it calls its three pathways.

“Our deep conviction is that there is a place to use whatever skill, resource, passion, or energy women may wish to offer as a gift to nurture academic excellence and Christian commitment within this caring community,” said O’Brien.

Harmon has served as past events chair for WOV.

“Donna became part of the first Leadership Council in 2011, serving as event chair and Sarah Swann Project Chair through the summer of 2012 and continues still in her role as Sarah Swann Project Chair,” said O’Brien.

A local artist, Harmon’s education has taken her around the world. A University of Tennessee art education graduate, she continued her education at the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand.

She has worked as both art teacher and studio artist. She is a member of the Morristown Art Association and received the Rose Center Award at the Morristown Juried Art Show in 2012. Her artwork is in private homes and institutions and is showcased in the C-N’s Colleen Keeble Harmon Parlor in Swann Hall.

Harmon is currently working on a portrait for the parlor.

The next WOV event will be its annual luncheon and fashion show held April 20 at The Country Club in Morristown. The event is a fundraiser and will include a silent auction. All proceeds support WOV projects.

For more information about joining the WOV and any upcoming events, please call (865) 471-3200, or email:

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