Thomas University honors outstanding alumni
Thomas University alumni, current students, faculty and staff gathered Friday, Oct, 25, at the Thomasville Garden Center for the annual Alumni Awards Dinner as part of TU’s Homecoming Week festivities. Alumni were honored for the outstanding achievements and service to the university. Linda Drew Johnson (left), Class of 1985, receives the Ambassador Award from Dr. Gary Bonvillian, President of Thomas University, while Joseph Newborn, Director of Alumni and Foundation Relations, looks on. The award is presented to an individual of exceptional volunteer commitment to TU. Johnson represents TU on the many local organization boards, advocates for TU at every opportunity, and regularly helps organized annual events, including Casino Night, the Grady County Alumni Mixer and Homecoming.
Vlatko Manojlovic accepts the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from President Bonvillian on behalf of his son Zarko Manojlovic, Class of 2005, as Kathy MacQuirter, President of the TU Alumni Board of Governors looks on. The award is presented to an alumnus in recognition of personal and professional accomplishments in addition to his or her generous support and commitment to TU. After graduating from TU, Manojlovic went on to earn a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He now a research fellow at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he is working with the immunology and cancer research team.
Pam Lister, Class of 2010, receives the Distinguished Alumni from President Bonvillian and Kathy MacQuirter. The award is presented to an individual in recognition of his or her personal and professional accomplishments as well as continued support of the TU mission. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Lister has been a dynamic force advocating for environmentalism and community advancement in the Thomas County area. Lister is founder and executive director of Keep Thomas County Beautiful, which coordinates annual events such as Rivers Alive, America Recycles Day and the Great American Cleanup.
Thomas University inducted new members of the Pioneer Society during the Alumni Awards Dinner. Those in attendance included (from left) Iris Hall, Patricia Morgan, Terry Rouse and Lake Adams. The Pioneer Society honors former students who have reached the half-century mark as alumni.