UWF in the Community

UWF hosts Spirit of UWF Alumni and Community Awards ceremony

The University of West Florida hosted the 2023 Spirit of UWF Alumni and Community Awards ceremony on Oct. 6 at the Museum of Commerce in Historic Pensacola. The awards recognize those who work to contribute to the University, improve their communities and promote the Alumni Association.

“We are proud to celebrate the distinguished achievements of our alumni and community partners,” said Howard Reddy, vice president for University Advancement. “Recognizing those whose passion and purpose positively impacts the communities they serve is important.”

The Alumni Awards recognize those who excel in representing the UWF Alumni Association, the University, their respective communities and the more than 95,000 UWF alumni worldwide. Those eligible for nomination included UWF alumni, friends, faculty and staff.

The following alumni were named recipients of the Alumni Awards:

Outstanding Young Alumni

  • Adelin Gasana ’08
  • Kesley “Kali” Richardson ’16, ’19

Alumni Inclusion

  • MiChele Stevenson ’87, ’89
  • Dr. Michael F. Summers ’80, ’13

Alumni Community Spirit

  • Hong Potomski ’07
  • Chris Roney ’98

Distinguished Alumni

  • William “Bill” McGinnis ’73
  • Lindsley Armstrong Smith ’86, ’89

Chambered Nautilus Award of Merit

  • Organization – Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC
  • Individual – Collier Merrill ’85

The Spirit of UWF Community Awards celebrate and strengthen collaborations between the University and the communities that UWF serves. Those eligible for nomination include businesses, organizations, agencies and individuals, along with UWF administrators, staff, faculty and students.

The following people or organizations were named recipients of the Spirit of UWF Awards:

  • Community Engagement Educator — Dr. Patricia Barrington ’97, ’13
  • Community Innovation — Dr. Tiffany Jackman
  • Community Impact — Monica Woodruff ’23
  • Research and Scholarship — Bonita Johnson
  • Workforce and Career Development — Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Public Service and Education — Sandra Donaldson ’01
  • Quality of Life — Baptist Health Care

For more information about the Spirit of UWF and Alumni Awards, visit uwf.edu/spiritofuwf