Louisburg College Announces Alumni Awards

LOUISBURG, N.C. -- As part of Louisburg College's Homecoming celebration, five outstanding citizens were honored at the 2014 Alumni Awards Brunch. The awards ultimately celebrate the successes of alumni in their professional and civic service and recognize significant contributions to Louisburg College.

Bill Hurley '53 has been awarded the Allen de Hart Humanitarian Award, which was established last year in honor of former Louisburg College professor Allen de Hart, its first recipient. This 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.

Hurley has been active for years on the Louisburg College Golden Anniversary Council, and is currently serving his second term as its president. During his six years as mayor of Fayetteville, he was praised for his efforts to clean up downtown’s notorious Hay Street and rejuvenate lagging revitalization. Hurley is the Father of the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, has served on the Cape Valley Health Foundation Board of Directors, the Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, as co-chair for the Fayetteville Market House Restoration Committee and is an active member of Haymount Methodist Church. Hurley is a former Representative and is a recipient of the esteemed Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Professor of Visual Art Will Hinton has been named this year's Cecil W. Robbins Public Service Award honoree. Established in 1997 in honor of former Louisburg College president, Dr. Cecil W. Robbins, this award honors an alum 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.

Hinton is in his 32nd year of service to Louisburg College, where he holds the rank of full Professor. He received his Associate of Arts from Chowan College, Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University and Master of Fine Arts from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  He completed additional academic work at Duke University and NC State and has taught at two of the most respected art and craft schools in the nation – Penland School of Crafts and Anderson Ranch. His most recent community project delighted residents at the Franklin Oaks Nursing Home Alzheimer’s Unit, where he worked with his students to design and paint an 80' wall of wildflowers.

Carol Weeks '65 has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which was established in 1978 and is given to an alum 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. A charter member of the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club, Weeks has remained active with the Club for 19 years and today serves not only its Board of Directors as Secretary but also on the Finance Committee that directs fundraising projects for its annual operation. In 2010, she became Zebulon’s Citizen of the Year.  In 2011, she was named Tarheel of the Week by the News & Observer. Weeks has served previously on the Board of Directors for the Louisburg College Alumni Association. She currently chairs the Staff-Pastor-Parish Relations Committee at Zebulon United Methodist Church.

Christy Knight '90 has been honored with the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, established in 1993 to recognize an alum who has graduated within the past 20 years and achieved significant accomplishments in a profession or in the community. Knight is a 1990 graduate of Louisburg College who went on to earn a Bachelor of Social Work from North Carolina State University and her Masters in Social Work from East Carolina University. She is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a member of the Junior League of Raleigh, SAFEchild of Raleigh and StepUp Ministry. She joined the Durham VA Medical Center in 2003, and participates on various VA committees and work groups, both within and outside the organization.

Louisburg faculty Candace (Candy) Jones '99 is this year's recipient of the Henry Douglass “Doug” Lindsay III ’66 Young Alumnus Service Award, established in 2011. This special presidential service award honors an alum who has graduated within the past 20 years and demonstrated extraordinary service to Louisburg College through the commitment of time and effort on its behalf. Jones has has been employed by the College since 1996, during which time she earned her Louisburg degree.  She later earned a Bachelor of Science from Barton College and a Masters in Library Science from East Carolina University. She has served in the Alumni & Development Office, working in several capacities including administrative assistant, program coordinator, Assistant Director of Alumni & Donor Relations and Director of Communications; as an administrative assistant in the Academic Dean’s Office; began teaching in 2001 as a Crossroads instructor and in August 2006 became a full-time faculty member as a librarian in the Robbins Library – where she is now the Director. 

Expanded biographical information is available upon request.

About Louisburg College
Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College is the oldest two-year residential college in the nation, and the only one in North Carolina. With a student body of 700 students, over 90 percent of Louisburg graduates continue their education at four-year schools. Learn more at www.louisburg.edu.

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