Alumni Association Honors 10
The Alumni Association inducted 21 members of the Class of 1963 into the Golden Circle and presented awards to eights alumni and two students during Reunion 2013.
Alumni Excellence Awards
Alumni Excellence Awards, which recognize alumni who have contributed outstanding service as humanitarians and professionals in their chosen field, were given to Willa Minnette Coleman ’73 and to five siblings from the same family: W. Conrad Parker ’62, Elwood G. Parker ’64. G. Edgar Parker ’69, John G. Parker ’72 and Elizabeth Parker Haskins ’76.
Minnette is an actress, writer and singer raised in Atlanta, Ga., at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. At Guilford, she majored in drama and was a participant in the College’s Honors Program.
In April 2004, she returned to the College to present her one-woman show Hand-Me-Downs in which she explored how her journey to become an actor paralleled the Civil Rights Movement.
She is grants administrator for The New World Foundation and manages the partnership between New World and the K.I.D.S. in Distress Situations Foundation. She has been a teacher actress for The Creative Arts Team at New York University and is a member of the esteemed Harlem Writer’s Guild.
Her first novel is The Blacksmith’s Daughter, and her second is No Death by Unknown Hands. She and her husband, Robert Lewis Roach, have two children, Dominique and Giselle, and reside in New York City.
In addition to their Alumni Awards, the Parkers received the Old North State Award from the N.C. Governor’s Office at the April 26 ceremony. Collectively, the siblings have been teachers or administrators in high schools and colleges for 181 academic years. All five participated in intercollegiate athletics, and they all earned graduate degrees after finishing at Guilford.
- Conrad Parker is a retired high school educator who coached football, basketball and softball in North Carolina and Virginia for nearly 40 years. He was a games official and was inducted to a regional softball hall of fame.
- Elwood Parker is in his 45th year teaching mathematics at Guilford. In addition to teaching, he has been a leader in several fundraising campaigns. For 30 summers he worked in summer recreation and day camp programs.
- Edgar Parker taught mathematics at James Madison University for 28 years and now teaches at Guilford. He has a productive research career in differential equations and with inquiry-based learning pedagogy.
- John Parker is a retired public school teacher and administrator who was superintendent of Roanoke Rapids Schools and director of instruction in Northampton County. He once worked with Teach for America.
- Elizabeth Parker Haskins was a curriculum specialist for public and parochial schools in Chicago, with an emphasis on diversity and antiracism initiatives. Now retired, her last positions focused on curricular and instructional administration.
Charles C. Hendricks Distinguished Service Award
The Hendricks Service Award was presented to B. Randy Doss ’82. Randy is the director of Admission and Enrollment at Greensboro Day School, a position he has held since December 2012. He was chief enrollment officer at Guilford (2000-12) and Greensboro College (1985-99).
During his higher education career, he served in senior management positions with responsibility for admission, financial aid, registration, academic advising, campus life, academic support services and intercollegiate athletics.
A native of Greensboro, Randy earned a bachelor’s degree in history and management, received a Charles Dana Scholarship, and was a dean’s list student and baseball team captain. He earned an MBA at UNCG and lives in Greensboro with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Caroline.
Young Alumni Achievement Award
The Young Alumni Achievement Award was presented to David Heggie, who graduated from Apex High School in Apex, N.C., and earned a history degree at Guilford. He was a four-year football player at Guilford and served as a residential advisor in Milner Hall for three years.
A Nereus English award winner, David serves the Greensboro community through membership and volunteerism with the Summit Rotary, the Board of Managers for the Greensboro Children’s Museum and Greensboro Greenway Race Committee.
In 2008, David became the first African-American executive director of the Bryan Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greensboro. He sits on the Guilford College Alumni Board and the Quaker Club Board. He and his wife, Thayle Jackson ’97 Heggie, who is assistant director of Admission at Guilford, live in Greensboro.
Grace Bennett Sullivan, who received the E. Garness Purdom Alumni Award, was raised in the coastal redwoods of Ben Lomond, Cal. She is active in the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program (QLSP) and is studying religious studies and mathematics.
She wants to attain a higher degree in education, but is unclear as to what she wants to do in the field. She is actively exploring other options, including an internship with the Office of Campus Life.
David Michael Cason ’14, recipient of the Clyde A. Milner Academic Excellence Award, grew up in Clemmons, N.C. and attended West Forsyth High School. At Guilford, he earned all-region honors in cross country and has been conference champion in the 3000m steeplechase in outdoor track.
He is a resident adviser majoring in biology and health science with a minor in chemistry. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school.