Outstanding Alumni Honored
Barron feted at UWG's 'Evening with the Stars'
by Staff Reports
Dr. Laurie Barron, principal at Smokey Road Middle School and current National Middle School Principal of the Year, was among outstanding alumni honored at the University of West Georgia’s “An Evening with the Stars” recently.
Barron – who also presented the UWG College of Education Honors Convocation Evelyn R. Fulbright Lecture recently –received the College of Education Alumni Achievement Award, presented each year to one outstanding graduate. Barron earned her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision at UWG in 1999.
In addition, Barron was a recent guest of President Barack Obama at the White House, where she and fellow top educators from throughout the United States were recognized in a Rose Garden ceremony.
Held at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts, “An Evening with the Stars” recognized graduates who have brought credit to the University of West Georgia or the Alumni Association through career achievement in Business, Nursing, Education, Arts and Humanities, Science and Mathematics, or Social Sciences.
Barron was joined in her honor by John Harris for the Richards College of Business, Anne Medlin for the School of Nursing, Dr. Keith Hébert for the College of Arts & Humanities, Jimmy Akin for the College of Science and Mathematics, and David Lang for the College of Social Sciences.
The 2013 Service to Humanity Award was presented to local humanitarian Ronnie Burchfield for his commitment to young people as a coach and a teacher. This award is presented to a graduate whose service to humanity has enriched persons or community. The Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award for outstanding service to the University of West Georgia or the Alumni Association went to Dr. David Hovey.
Dr. J. Mark Miller and Linda Picklesimer were honored with J. Owen Moore Faculty and Staff Awards, which recognize service to the university, students and the community. Casey C. Nichols was named Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna and W. Anthony Moye received the Thelma Harman Turner Loyalty Award for enduring loyal service to the University of West Georgia or the Alumni Association.