John R. Gregg Award for Loyalty and Service

Carolyn Tardd ’78 retired after 40 years of service to the Athletics Department. An unofficial mentor and “mom” to thousands of student-athletes and student workers over the years, she still volunteers as a game-day administrator for Vulcan Athletics.

C.B. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Kelton Edmonds’ teaching and scholarship focus on African American studies. A Cal U professor, he has re-established Black History Month as a major event on campus and served as director  
of the University’s Frederick Douglass Institute program.

W.S. Jackman Award of Distinction

Dr. Saroyi Morris ’92 works for the Georgia Department of Public Health as program manager for the state’s Coastal Health District. She serves on the Georgia Public Health Association’s board of directors and teaches at the College of Coastal Georgia.

Michael Duda Award for Athletic Achievement

Brooque Williams ’10 plays basketball professionally overseas.  
A four-year starter for the Vulcans (2006-2010), she was a  
two-time WBCA All-American and the 2009 NCAA D-II Atlantic Regional Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She is a member of the Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pavlak/Shutsy Special Service Award

Eric Zwigart ’98 is CEO of RPP Products, which manufactures and distributes auto products. He received two Spirit of Entrepreneurship awards in 2018. His experience as a fraternity brother inspired him to create a scholarship for Acacia fraternity members at Cal U.

Professional Excellence Award

Shujuane Martin ’01, ’03 is president and CEO of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc. A past recipient of the Jennie Carter Award at Cal U, she oversees the $23 million budget that supports PIC’s 24 programs and 300 employees.

Young Alumni Award

Adisa Hargett-Robinson ’16 is an on-air producer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she creates digital and social media content for various channels. A former news reporter, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Meritorious Award

Fred Smith Jr. ’83 is president and CEO of the consulting firm KFS Strategic Management Services. He’s also a co-founder and chief innovation officer for the Innovative Leadership Program, a nonprofit group that brings STEM  education to underserved youths.

Rear Admiral William R. Furlong Award for Military Service

Donna Barbisch ’84 is a retired U.S. Army major general and CEO of Wicked Solutions, a consultancy for leadership and decision-making in disasters and complex conflicts. She is among the nation’s most distinguished experts in terrorism, threat reduction and disaster preparedness.

Alumni Choice: Illustrious Californian

William Viola II ’69 is an entrepreneur, martial arts instructor and mixed martial arts pioneer. Credited by some as co-creator of the sport of MMA, he is the co-founder of CV Productions Inc., the first mixed martial arts company in the United States.