UWF recognizes Spirit of UWF and Alumni Awards recipients

The University of West Florida Alumni Association recently held its awards and recognition program to honor Spirit of UWF and Alumni Awards recipients. UWF President Martha Saunders, Howard Reddy, interim vice president for university advancement, Missy Grace, alumni relations director, and Lauren Loeffler, executive director for career development and community engagement, recognized the outstanding achievements and impact UWF alumni and community partners have had on the Northwest Florida region and beyond.

“Our alumni have gone out into the world and made us proud to be their University,” Saunders said. “We can look at what they have accomplished and know that UWF helped them get to where they are today. This was the first year we added the Spirit of UWF awards for our community partners. These men and women made UWF’s continued growth possible. I was honored to be part of the ceremony where we recognize what their support has meant to us.”

The Alumni Awards recognize those who excel in representing the UWF Alumni Association, the University, their respective communities and the 80,000 UWF alumni worldwide. Those eligible for nomination included UWF alumni, friends, faculty and staff.

The following alumni were named recipients of the Alumni Awards:
Distinguished Alumnus – Dr. Chris Brill, Robert Spencer, Robert Turpin, Harrison Peters, Pam Giganti-Bunge
Outstanding Young Alumna – Ashlee Carpentier
Honorary Alumnus – Joe Ambersley
Chambered Nautilus of Merit – Hal Marcus

The inaugural Spirit of UWF Awards celebrate and strengthen collaborations between the University and the larger 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:

Research and Scholarship – Jeff Mislevy, CEO of Covenant Care
Workforce and Career Development – Gulf Power
Public Service and Education – Barbara Albrecht
Quality of Life – Peter Rubardt, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
Community Engagement Educator Award – Dr. Blaine Lawlor
Community Impact Award – Brittany Hensley
Community Innovation Award – Dr. Carla Thompson

For more information about the Spirit of UWF and Alumni Awards, visit