The University of South Alabama National Alumni Association will honor six distinguished alumni, ardent Jaguar Athletics fans and a private philanthropic trust at its annual awards gala on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at the Mitchell Center. The event recognizes the achievements and contributions of alumni and advocates for USA.
This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are Marlon O. Anderson, a Major League Baseball second baseman; Dr. Johnson Haynes, Jr., College of Medicine, 1980, director of the USA Sickle Cell Center; W. Donald “Don” McCrory, B.S. 1970, president of the Kiker Corp.; Maj. Gen. Michael H. Sumrall, B.S. 1970, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at The Pentagon; and, James A. “Jim” Yance, B.A. 1970, a retired attorney, USA Board of Trustees vice chairman and chairman of Campaign USA: Leadership, the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The Distinguished Service Award in the alumni category will be presented to Eugenia L. “Gigi” Armbrecht, who received a master’s degree in special education in 1975 and a master’s in sociology in 1988. Armbrecht serves as regional manager for regional and external affairs for AT&T.
The Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to Goldie Ungar and posthumously to her late husband, Herman, who have been steadfast Jaguar Athletics fans. The Crampton Trust, a private philanthropic trust that has made numerous contributions to the University, College of Medicine and USA Hospitals, will also receive a Distinguished Service Award.
“These award winners have helped make the University of South Alabama, our community, our region and our nation a better place,” said Carol Kittrell, director of USA Alumni Relations. “We are excited about acknowledging and honoring their achievements and contributions.”
The gala will take place on the campus of the University of South Alabama in the Mitchell Center. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner being served at 6:45 p.m. Tables and individual tickets are available for purchase. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Kittrell at (251) 460-7084.