College celebrates 60th annual Honors and Awards

Students, faculty, and staff gathered Tuesday, April 23, in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre to celebrate the recipients of several coveted awards in academics, leadership, and service as part of the annual Honors and Awards event.

The afternoon began with a welcome by Provost and Dean of Faculty Todd Lidh. His acknowledgements were followed by an upbeat and inspiring performance from the college’s choral ensemble, The Highlanders, before moving into awards.

The event featured 35 awards presented to both main campus and distance learning students, as well as faculty and staff. Some of the most notable awards included the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, the Edgar Tufts Faculty Award, and the Edgar Tufts Humanitarian Service Award. Most of the awards given during the event represented various academic programs across campus such as pre-veterinary medicine, musical theatre, history, human services, communication arts and design, among others.

Student Patricia Mezza received both the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award and the Wildlife Biology Award. The Sullivan Award, supported by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, is given to a graduating senior, alumnus, or community member whose “nobility of character” and service to others sets them apart as an example to all. 

Dean of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences Laura Fero was awarded with the Edgar Tufts Faculty Award. In memory of Lees-McRae founder Rev. Edgar Tufts, the award is presented to a faculty member for outstanding professional performance or contributions to the welfare of the college or community.

Student Mary Whiteacre and Director of Marketing and Design Lauren Foster received the Edgar Tufts Humanitarian Service Award. The award is given to one student and one employee who best exemplify a life of service in both the community and on campus. Recipients unselfishly give of their time and talents, show a true openness and concern for others, and display a life of giving.

The 60th annual Honors and Awards marks the start of many end of the year events across campus. The Baccalaureate Service will take place Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. before recognizing the class of 2019 the following morning, Saturday, May 11, during Commencement. For more information, please visit

By Nina MastandreaApril 24, 2019
AcademicsOnline LearningAthletics