A sign welcomes alumnae to the Champagne Brunch during Alumnae Reunion Weekend. (Barry Williams for Brenau University)

2016 Alumni Award Winners


Established in 1989 to recognize three traditional-aged Women’s College alumnae who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in business, continuing education and leadership.

Kayla DelPizzo accepts the Young Alumna Award from Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, on behalf of her mother, Nicole Walker, at the Alumni Awards, Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2016.

(Kayla DelPizzo accepted on behalf of her mother)
Nicole Malara Walker, 
Class of 2001
Bachelor & Master of Science in Occupational
Therapy Owner & Therapist at Walker Therapy
Resides in Gainesville, Georgia

Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, '05 awards Lara Thomas Carswell, WC '05, the Young Alumni Award. 2016 Alumni Reunion Weekend

Lara Thomas Carswell, Class of 2005
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Phi Mu
Partner at Hunnicutt, Taylor & Carswell
Resides in Newnan, Georgia

Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, '05 awards Samantha Sumner, WC '09, the Young Alumni Award. 2016 Alumni Reunion Weekend

Samantha Wright Sumner, Class of 2009
Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Alpha Delta Pi
Customer Care Manager at LocumTenens.com
Resides in Roswell, Georgia


A series of three awards recognizing Women’s College alumnae who have made an impact in the community

Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, '05 awards Heather Wayne, WC '98, the Alumna Professional Achievement Award. 2016 Alumnae Reunion Weekend

Heather Johnson Wayne
Professional Achievement Award, Class of 1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Pedagogy
Delta Delta Delta
Owner & Artistic Director at Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts
Resides in Hoschton, Georgia

Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, '05 awards Cessna Kleinmoedig, WC '02, the Outstanding Alumni Award. 2016 Alumnae Reunion Weekend

Cessna Veeris Kleinmoedig
Community Service Award, Class of 2002
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication & Dance Delta Sigma Theta
Volunteer Leader with Amsterdam Mamas
Resides in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Marsha Stringer, Robin Smith Dudley, 78, 2016 Alumnae Reunion Weekend

Robin Smith Dudley
Service to Brenau Award, Class of 1978
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
A member of Brenau’s Board of Trustees and volunteer with the ForeverGold Campaign. Also an R.N. and teacher with the Georgia Department of Technical & Adult Education
Resides in Thomson, Georgia

Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, '05 awards Brooke Statham, WC' 00, the Outstanding Alumni Award 2016 Alumnae Reunion Weekend

Brooke Statham
Service to Brenau Award, Class of 2000
Bachelor of Science in History & Political Science
Alpha Delta Pi
President-Elect of the Brenau University Alumni Association & Longtime ADPi Chapter Adviser
Resides in Atlanta


The Brenau Alumni Hall of Fame honors alumni from all academic programs who have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to their country, state and community, and to Brenau.

Dr. Katharine DuPre Lumpkin, Women’s College Class of 1915
Bachelor of Arts in History Phi Mu (Honored posthumously)
Sociologist, activist, teacher and writer, Katharine DuPre Lumpkin spent a lifetime studying and combating economic and racial oppression. She is best known for her autobiography, The Making of a Southerner, published in 1947. The book left a classic testament of her conflict as a white Southerner committed to racial justice in the segregated South. Lumpkin was from Macon, Georgia, and died in 1988. We are honored to have called her a Brenau woman.

Evanda Gravitte Moore, Women’s College Class of 1971
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Former member of the Brenau Board of Trustees and past recipient of the Alumni Community Service Award as a result of her active presence as both a volunteer and a philanthropist in the local community.
Resides in Gainesville, Georgia.

Melda Lee Bassett, Women’s College Class of 1974
Bachelor of Arts in Theater & Journalism
Zeta Tau Alpha
Former director of alumnae affairs at Brenau. First female fundraiser at the University of Florida and senior director of development at the University of Florida Foundation.
Resides in Gainesville, Florida.

Jeffrey Seiple, Brenau University Class of 1990
Director of Body Donation Program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Georgia campus. Adjunct instructor for second year Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. Advisory Board Member at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.
Resides in Marietta, Georgia.

Ginger Ragans, Brenau University Class of 2013
Master of Science in Applied Gerontology CCSP care coordinator, certified aging-in-place specialist, credentialed gerontologist and adjunct instructor, adviser and mentor in Brenau’s gerontology department.
Resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia.


This award recognizes an Academy alumna who is an active supporter of Brenau.

Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, '05 awards Carolyn Walter Darke, left, and Camille Walter Ashcraft the Outstanding Alumni Award. 2016 Alumnae Reunion Weekend

Carolyn Walter Darke & Camille Walter Ashcraft,
Class of 1960
Instrumental in reuniting the Academy women of the late ’50s and early ’60s, as well as leading the fundraising efforts to revitalize Academy corner. Both reside in Dover, Tennessee.

Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, '05 awards Allie McConnell the Josephine Winter Rainey Scholar Award. 2016 Alumnae Reunion Weekend


Allie McConnell
Given annually to a Women’s College student who aspires to the Brenau Ideal, who will carry on the spirit of service to Brenau that alumna Josephine Winter Rainey displayed throughout her lifetime, who will inspire and enhance the lives of all Brenau women and who will encourage participation in the life of Brenau after graduation.

Marsha Stringer, WC '96, BU '03, '05 awards Katelyn Brown the Alumnae Endowed Scholar Award. 2016 Alumnae Reunion Weekend


Katelyn Brown
This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time Women’s College sophomore or junior with consideration given to the student’s reflection of the Brenau Ideal, campus involvement, volunteer commitment at Brenau and GPA.

Congratulations to all our 2016 Alumni Award Winners.

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