Know of a classmate who is doing great things? What about that alumnus who is an exemplary educator? Does anyone come to mind as a shooting star rising to the top of his or her career? Nominate a classmate or student today and submit supporting materials to the link provided below for each award by November 1, 2019.
2019 Alumni Award Winners
During Alumni Weekend 2019, on April 13, the Piedmont College Alumni Association presented awards to four graduates. Winners of the Award were as follows: Emiro Martinez-Osorio (Distinguished Alumni), Kathy Segers (Excellence in Education), Gary Adams (Alumni Service), and Megan Brockington (Pacesetter)
[Photo L-R: Betty Schulz, Megan Brockington, Gary Adams, Pres James F. Mellichamp, Kathy Segers, Sierra Nicholson]
Emiro Martinez-Osorio (BA '99) - Distinguished Alumni
In 1999, Emiro ‘Fila’ Martinez-Osorio became the first Piedmont student to graduate with a BA in Philosophy & Religion. He went on to earn his MA in Hispanic Literature at the University of Georgia and a PhD in Colonial Latin American Literature from the University of Texas. During his successful career in academia, Emiro’s research and teaching focuses on Colonial Spanish American Studies, Caribbean Literature, and Transatlantic Studies. His research has been supported by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (UofT), the John Carter Brown Library and the Newberry Library. In 2011, he and his family moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he is an Associate Professor of Spanish at York University.
Gary Adams (BA '78) - Alumni Service
Gary Adams graduated from Piedmont in 1977 with a BS in Business. He retired from his position of Technical Analyst from Michelin Tire Corporation after 37 years of service, where he also served as a Field Auditor, Contract Administrator, and Purchasing Manager. Gary remained involved with Piedmont as an alumnus on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as President from 1993-1995. He recently began a regional alumni engagement initiative in Greenville, SC, bringing area alumni together at events and planning committees. Gary lives in Greenville with his wife Brenda where they teach Sunday School at Mt. Airy Baptist Church.
Kathy Segers (BA '82) - Excellence in Education
During her 35 years in the field of education, Kathy Segers has served as a teacher, principal, administrator and superintendent at institutions that educate and serve the visually impaired. In 1998, she was the founding director of the Georgia Instructional Material Center, which ensures access to learning materials for visually impaired students. Kathy has been recognized for her dedication to children with visual impairments with the Georgia Deafblind Project Teacher of the Year and the National Shaklee Teacher Award. After retiring from the State of Georgia, Kathy served as Principal and Interim Superintendent at the Tennessee School for the Blind and is the current Director of Accessible Instructional Materials for the State of Tennessee. Kathy graduated from Piedmont in 1982 with a BA in education.
Megan Brockington (MA '14) - Pacesetter
Megan Brockington earned her MA in Art Education from Piedmont in 2013 after earning a BS from Western Carolina University. Megan has been teaching in Gwinnett County for 10 years and was awarded Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018 at Archer High School in Lawrenceville. During her career as an educator, Megan has taught multiple subject matters within the visual arts including Advanced Placement Art History and Studio courses. Megan has been presented with the Georgia Art Education Association and was named a 2018 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. Megan is currently finishing her Education Specialist degree in Art Education at Piedmont.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that a Piedmont graduate can receive from the Alumni Association. This award recognizes a graduate who has an outstanding record of professional achievements in his or her career, demonstrates qualities of leadership, contributes to public and community affairs, and shows support for Piedmont College, its students, faculty and alumni. This individual must have graduated more than 15 years ago. Nominate!
The Alumni Service Award is presented to a graduate who has contributed significant service to the college. It recognizes the achievements of individuals working on behalf of the college through active service in alumni programs and through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution. Nominations should answer the following questions:
• In what ways has the candidate served the college and its alumni?
• How has this service benefited the institution?
• Has this service been sustained over an extended period of time?
Please provide letters of support as part of your nomination. Nominate!
The Excellence in Education Award recognizes a graduate that has shown significant contributions to the field of education as a teacher, coach, or administrator. They must have worked or volunteered in education for a minimum of 10 years. Nominate!
The Pacesetter Award recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated ideals that exemplify the Piedmont tradition of service, vision, and community activism. It is presented to a graduate who has shown proven leadership or achievement in his or her career and actively contributes to public and/or community service. This individual must have graduated within the past 15 years. Nominate!