• UWA awards outstanding alumni

    Posted: October 11, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    The University of West Alabama and the UWA National Alumni Association presented annual awards to outstanding alumni during Homecoming festivities on Oct. 8.

    The Alumni Achievement Awards honor outstanding careers that reflect honor on the University, and Emerging Leader awards recognize outstanding alumni from the last decade who show promise for success and leadership. The awards honor graduates in each UWA college or division.

    Terry Bunn of Tuscaloosa received the College of Business Alumni Achievement Award. Bunn earned a bachelor of science in business from UWA in 1976. The president of Bunn Brothers Materials, Inc., and vice president of S. T. Bunn Construction Co., Inc. Bunn has served as both a member and chairman of the UWA Board of Trustees.

    Bunn has also been appointed to Gov. Bentley’s Transition Team and serves as a board member for the Alabama Trust Fund. Bunn held terms as the president of both the Alabama Road Builders Association and the Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association.

    Kevin Jacobs of Linden received the College of Business Emerging Leader Award. Jacobs received a bachelor of business administration in accounting from UWA in 2004, graduating cum laude.

    Recently, Jacobs led a team that was responsible for saving more than $728,000 for ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA, LLC, in Mobile. His previous experience includes managing cost accounting at Foster Farms in Demopolis, and serving as a controller for Parr’s, Incorporated in Demopolis.

    As the General Ledger/Insurance/Risk Manager at ThyssenKrupp, Jacobs leads a team of seven staff members in the accounting and finance department for one of the largest capital projects in the 200-year-old company’s history.

    Vance Penn of San Antonio, Texas, received the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education Alumni Achievement Award. Penn earned a bachelor of science in athletic training from UWA in 1995. He also studied at Wichita State University, earning a master’s in sports administration and marketing.

    While at Wichita State, Penn developed the second largest rodeo sports medicine program in the United States from its inception. Penn also assisted in developing the rodeo program at UWA.

    Penn currently serves as the Civilian Wellness, Health Information & Injury Prevention Coordinator for Installation Management Command’s Workforce & Sustainment Branch at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

    Dr. Tim Clemmons of Auburn received the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education Emerging Leader Award. Clemmons received a bachelor of science in athletic training from UWA in 2001. Since graduation, he has also earned a master of education in exercise science from Auburn University and a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of South Alabama.

    He received his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in June of this year and has previously been certified as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist.

    Clemmons works as a professor of therapeutic exercise and orthopedic application at South University in Montgomery, Ala. Clemmons also serves as a staff physical therapist at Rehabworks in Opelika.

    Brandon Essig of Montgomery received the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Achievement Award. Essig earned a bachelor of arts in history from UWA in 1998. While at UWA, Essig lettered three years on the varsity football team. He was named Academic All-Gulf South Conference in 1996 and 1997.

    Essig’s career began with Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C. in Birmingham, Ala., as an associate. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2004 and served as a battalion staff judge advocate and later as a prosecutor.

    Essig received a juris doctorate at the University of Alabama School of Law in 2002. He works as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office. He serves as coordinator for the Project Safe Neighborhood Anti-Gang initiative in the Middle District of Alabama.

    Clayton Tartt of Montgomery received the College of Liberal Arts Emerging Leader Award. Tartt earned a bachelor of arts in history from UWA in 2007, graduating cum laude and earning a spot on the President’s List for three consecutive years. As a student, he participated in Education Without Borders, a program geared toward international learning.

    Tartt received the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award in 2010 and was named Best Advocate in preliminary and final rounds by the American College of Trial. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2010 and is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association.

    Having earned a juris doctorate from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in May 2010, Tartt works as an attorney of counsel for Copeland, Franco, Screws and Gill, P.A., in Montgomery, Ala. Tartt worked with the firm on the Alabama Bingo corruption trial on preparation, marshaling and researching.

    Dr. Andrea Mayfield received the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Alumni Achievement Award. A 1994 graduate, Mayfield earned a bachelor of science in biology and master of arts in biological sciences from UWA. She also holds a doctorate in community college leadership from Mississippi State University.

    Mayfield currently serves as vice president for institutional effectiveness and academic instruction at East Mississippi Community College. She is the co-founder and facilitator of Leading Through Everyday Opportunities, an internal leadership program at EMCC.

    Mayfield’s research includes comparing performance and perception of quality between online and traditional lab science courses. She also presents on various technological and leadership topics at conferences and community colleges.

    Dr. Jacob Ivey of Quitman, Miss., received the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Emerging Leader Award. Ivey earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from UWA in 2002, graduating with a 3.95 GPA. He received a doctorate of optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006.

    Ivey also serves on the Board of Trustees and Finance and Pastor Parish Relations for Cooper’s Chapel Methodist Church in Quitman, Miss.

    Ivey practices optometry in a multi-practice setting serving the east Mississippi area. Ivey is married to Audrey Evans Ivey, and they have two children, Paisley and Asher.

    Rhonda Moore of Meridian, Miss., received the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing Alumni Achievement Award. Moore earned an associate of arts in nursing from UWA. She also holds a bachelor of science and master of science in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Moore previously worked as a staff nurse at Rush Foundation Hospital and Meridian Heart Services. She was selected to be an item writer for Assessment Technology, Inc.

    Moore has been recognized in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators and currently teaches nursing at Meridian Community College.

    Jamey Roberts of Meridian, Miss., received the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing Emerging Leader Award. Roberts earned a nursing degree from UWA in 2007 and a bachelor’s from the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Roberts earned a master of science in nurse anesthesia from Samford University in 2010. Roberts maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate and graduate careers. He was awarded the Don Craft Leadership Award and served as Class President while attending Samford.

    He began his career at Rush Foundation Hospital as a registered nurse and currently works as a certified nurse anesthetist at the Meridian, Miss., hospital. Roberts and wife, Amanda, have one child, Layne.

    The Association also presented its Alumni Loyalty Award to James Jones. A two-time graduate of the institution in 1958 and in 1970, James H. “Jimmy” Jones earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s from UWA. An educator for 45 years, he served as Montevallo Elementary School principal from 1979 until his retirement in 1993.

    He has received the Alabama High School Football’s All-Star Coach Award, Calhoun County Football Coach of the Year and the inaugural Lawrence L. Malone Outstanding Principal Award. In 1993, the City of Montevallo named the street adjacent to Montevallo Elementary School “James H. Jones Drive” in honor of his years of service and dedication to education.

    Jones and his wife of 50 years, Jane, have four children and nine grandchildren.

    During the ceremony the newest members of the UWA Athletic Hall of Fame were also inducted. The prestigious honors were established in 1981 by the National Alumni Association, to honor former UWA athletes or coaches who have brought distinction to the University through their athletic achievements.

    Ronnie Glanton, a 1988 UWA graduate and former football standout, was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Glanton finished at UWA after starting four years as defensive tackle for the Tigers. He was a first-team All-American by Football News and Associated Press in 1987 when he made 86 tackles, seven tackles for losses and nine sacks. He held the school record for career tackles behind the line of scrimmage with 51 (30 tackles for losses and 21 sacks).

    Glanton, a native of Cottonwood, ended his career with 264 career tackles. He played two years in the Canadian Football League and was named the CFL’s Lineman of the Week for Hamilton in a playoff win over Winnipeg when he made five tackles and three quarterback sacks.

    He coached six years at Americus (Ga.) High School and has been at Carrollton (Ga.) High School for the past 15 years. He helped lead Carrollton High to the 1998 Georgia State Championship in football as defensive coordinator and has won seven Georgia State track and field championships.

    June Seals graduated from UWA in 1972 and was a cheerleader for the Tigers. She went into coaching as a career and won one women’s basketball state championship at Clarke County High in Grove Hill, as well as 12 state track and field championships.

    Seals coached at Bob Jones High School in Huntsville from 1993-1998 and then moved to Sparkman High School, also in Huntsville, in 2001. She won 6A state championships in women’s basketball in 2002, 2003 and 2007. She won state coach of the year five times in basketball and one time in track and field.

    A Winfield native, Seals has a career record 732-148 in basketball and 286-45 in track and field. She is a member of the Alabama High School Coaches’ Hall of Fame and once had a 50-game winning streak.

    For more information on alumni programs at the University of West Alabama, contact Alumni Relations Director TyAnne Stone at 205-652-3852.
    Pictured left to right are Jamey Roberts; Rhonda Moore; Kevin Jacobs; Dr. Jacob Ivey; Dr. Andrea Mayfield; Brandon Essig; Clayton Tart; Vance Penn; Dr. Tim Clemmons; James Jones; Dr. Tina N. Jones; Candace Webb; June Seals; and Ronnie Glanton.
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