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TU honors outstanding alumni at homecoming dinner

During its annual Homecoming Alumni Dinner, held Nov. 2 on the Sue Rumble Terrace on TU’s Forbes Campus, Thomas University honored three of its most outstanding alumni. Nancy Hall of Moultrie, Amanda Lanphere of Sneads, Florida, and Linda Conti of Cairo were honored.

Hall, a 2015 graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented in recognition of personal and professional accomplishments, as well as continued support of the Thomas University mission.

Hall was inducted into TU’s Phi Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2017.  Later that year she was elected as chapter president and represented the chapter as a delegate to the 2017 STTI Biennium Convention. 

Hall is currently a nursing instructor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Bainbridge campus, where she teaches a wide variety of courses.  She serves as the Simulation Coordinator for Obstetrics and was the Chair of the Search Committee at the ABAC Bainbridge Campus to select instructors for its Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. 

Lanphere, a 2015 TU graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies, received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, which is presented to an individual who graduated in the last five years in honor of his or her personal and professional accomplishments, in addition to his or her support and commitment to Thomas University.

Over the past two years Lanphere has risen through the ranks of the FDEP to an Environmental Specialist III position. She currently works in the Division of Mining and Mitigation for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, where she is responsible for statewide compliance of large-scale operations. She also writes and modifies permits for each site. 

A few of Lanphere’s accomplishments include performing GIS analysis of capture and relocation of Florida Black Bears for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Bear Management Program; conducting GIS watershed analysis and conservation planning for regional water quality initiatives through Golden Triangle RC&D and the USDA Natural Resource and Conservation Service; and developing and contributing GIS maps for Tall Timbers Research Station’s publication “Diamonds in the Rough” written by Dr. Bruce Means.

Conti, a 2009 TU graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, received the Alumni Ambassador Award, which is presented to an alumnus in appreciation of exceptional commitment to Thomas University.

“Linda is one of our TU students who shares something more important than the geographical location of Thomas University,” said Dr. Steve DePaola, TU Associate Professor of Psychology, wrote in nominating Conti. “She feels passionately about the education she received at Thomas University and wants the community to know how important it is to give back to the Thomasville area. Linda believes that service was a vital part of her education at Thomas University. She set out to obtain a degree in psychology so that she could contribute to the local community she considers home.”

While at TU, Conti was inducted into the Alpha Chi, the honor society for students in the 10 percent of their class, and into Psi Chi, the national honor society in Psychology. Conti has served as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors and its Homecoming Committee for several years. She also regularly volunteers to assist with TU events.

Conti currently works as a bereavement coordinator with Hospice of Southwest Georgia.



















Nancy Hall (right) receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from Marvin Dawson (left), President of the TU Alumni Board of Governors, and Dr. Andy Sheppard, TU President, during the annual Homecoming Alumni Awards Dinner held Friday, Nov. 2, on TU’s Forbes Campus.



















Amanda Lanphere (right), a 2015 TU graduate, receives the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from TU President Dr. Andy Sheppard.


















Linda Conti (right), a 2009 TU graduate, receives the Alumni Ambassador Award from TU President Dr. Andy Sheppard.


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