Louisburg College Alumni Association Presents Annual Awards

Alumni Award

Several alumni and members of the Louisburg College community were recognized Saturday, Oct. 3 with annual awards from the Alumni Association during Homecoming festivities:

Henry Douglass “Doug” Lindsay III ‘66 Young Alumnus Service Award (presented to Brittany Hunt ‘10)--This special presidential service award honors an alum who has graduated within the past twenty years and demonstrated extraordinary service to Louisburg College through the commitment of time and effort on its behalf.

Hunt is Institutional Effectiveness Director at the college. As a LC student, Hunt was recognized with several awards, including The Malone Award and the Dorothy H. Sampson Creative Writing Award.

After graduation from Louisburg, she served an internship in the admissions office and continued to work at the college during winter and summer breaks while earning her undergraduate degree in English from North Carolina State University. She joined the Louisburg College staff full-time in 2012 as Campus Guest Coordinator in the office of admissions and has held her current position since October 2014. She has made significant contributions to Columns, LC’s annual magazine, worked weekends in Cecil Robbins Library, served on the Alumni Board and served as the college’s Title III report writer.

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Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (presented to Shekanah Solomon ‘10)--This award recognizes an alum who has graduated within the past twenty years and achieved significant accomplishments in a profession or in their community.

Solomon was active in campus life as a student, serving on the Christian Life Council, Student Government Association and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She completed a bachelor’s degree in communications at Campbell University, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in divinity. She serves as a resident chaplain at Campbell and mentors freshmen.

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Distinguished Alumnus Award (presented to Richard Hunter ‘68 and Trent Strickland ‘61)--Established in 1978, this award is presented to an alumnus who is an outstanding ambassador of Louisburg College, personifies the highest values on which the college was founded, and is renowned in his or her community, family and church.

Hunter has devoted countless hours to preserving the past in his hometown of Warrenton, NC, working to restore, renovate and save historic homes and properties. He was a founding member of Preservation Warrenton. He and his wife, Mary, bought the Fitz-Mordecai-Plummer House in Warrenton in the 1970’s, renovated it and still live there today. They have produced three walking tour brochures and contributed to a book about early Warren County architecture. He was selected for the Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award by Preservation North Carolina in 2014. It is the state’s most prestigious preservation award, given to an individual who has made contributions of statewide significance to historic preservation. In addition to these accolades, Hunter has served thirty-four years as clerk of Warren County Superior Court, making him the second-longest serving clerk of court in North Carolina.

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Strickland is president of the Carolina Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The organization works to preserve the Lewis & Clark Trail through educational programs and other opportunities to promote an accurate portrayal of the Lewis & Clark expedition. He has done extensive research on Richard Warfington, who lived in Louisburg before participating in the expedition. His interest in history extends to his community of Hamlet and Richmond County, where he serves on the Board of Directors of the county Historical Society. Strickland, who holds degrees from Campbell University, Appalachian State University and North Carolina State University, retired after a long career in the public schools in Surry County and Richmond County. He lives in Hamlet, NC.

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Dr. Cecil W. Robbins Public Service Award (presented to Professor Sheilah Cotten)--This award honors an alumnus or member of the community who has shown exceptional dedication to Louisburg College by contributing outstanding and meaningful service to the college. Selection is based on contributions of time, effort and/or commitment and enrichment of the mission and standing of Louisburg College.

Cotten has taught and coached at Louisburg College since 1977. She has coached men’s tennis, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, and women’s slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball, winning numerous NJCAA district and Region 10 championships and leading teams to NJCAA national tournament appearances. She has also been named NJCAA Region 10 Coach of the Year. She demanded excellence from her players in the classroom as well, with 14 of her former players earning Academic All-America honors.

A graduate of East Carolina University, she was the first female athlete inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame, and she is a member of the inaugural class in the Louisburg College Hall of Fame. Cotten is also enshrined in the NJCAA Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She has also been honored as one of the top 100 female athletes in the history of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The softball field at Louisburg College is named in her honor.

In the classroom, Cotten has taught courses in sociology and been the recipient of the college’s Shaw Award for Excellence in Teaching. As a faculty member, she has served as Faculty Senate Chair and in other leadership roles. She has also been active professionally in several capacities with the NCJAA.

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Allen de Hart Humanitarian Award (presented posthumously to Rev. Sidney Stafford)--Established in 2013 and named in honor of former faculty member Allen de Hart, the award recognizes a visionary alum or member of the community who is renowned for a breadth of creative endeavors and lasting accomplishments that serve and uplift humanity.

Stafford joined the Louisburg College faculty in 1967 and retired in 2008. He was chaplain and Dean of Religious Life for thirty-four years and professor of religion and philosophy for forty years, and received Louisburg’s Bessie Arrington Gupton Award for Outstanding and Extraordinary Service. The Sidney Stafford Chaplain’s Award for excellence in service on campus and in the community is presented each year to a deserving Louisburg College student.

He was active in public service in Franklin County, serving sixteen years on the Louisburg Town Council. He received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1980 and was named Franklin County Citizen of the Year in 1982. He participated in numerous civic and church activities, pastoring a number of area churches on a part-time basis. He was a charter member of the Franklin County Civitan Club and received the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1976. A role model, teacher, mentor and friend to many, he was honored in 2001 with “Sid Stafford Day,” a culminating event in recognition of his life and service to both the town and college.

His wife of fifty years, Grace Wright Stafford, accepted the award.