Each year during Homecoming Weekend, the Alumni Association honors alumni whose success and involvement make us all proud. The Distinguished Alumni Awards presented are: Service to the Community, Young Career Achievement, Service to the University, Professional Achievement and Lifetime Achievement. The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented at the Alumni Celebration Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Our 2015 Honorees are recognized below.

 The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients have been selected and will be honored at the Alumni Celebration Dinner on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. 


2015 Service to the Community: Duncan Holmes '70

Duncan Holmes graduated from Shenandoah with Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance then gained his Masters of Music Education from the University of North Texas. Holmes shares his music and Christian testimony in churches, schools, college chapel services, prisons and gatherings in private homes. As a resident of Fredericksburg, Texas, he is the pianist for the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, and also volunteers to play the piano for nursing homes in the area.  Frequently, Holmes speaks to area schools about his blindness. He serves on the boards of Hill Country Recording for the Handicapped and Out of Sight Ministries.  He also is keyboardist for the Raggedy Cats, a ’50s music combo that frequently plays throughout the Texas Hill Country.


2015 Young Career Achievement: Dr. Kerry Ann Peterson '05, ’07, ’11

Kerry Peterson is an assistant professor at Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Peterson’s clinical practice is in Psychiatric Mental Health at the University Counseling Center, which includes individual and group psychotherapy, screenings, consultation and crisis intervention. Peterson earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Shenandoah. Domestic violence and sexual assault prevention have been her passion.  She is currently on the Nurse-Family Partnership advisory board and a Tessa Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocacy Center volunteer. Despite moving to Colorado, Peterson has continued to stay involved with SU by teaching an online graduate nursing course and mentoring SU nursing students.


2015 Service to the University: Ronald K. Collins '60

Ron Collins graduated in the last class from the Dayton campus. He is a dedicated volunteer, generous donor and a strong supporter of Shenandoah University. He served as Alumni Board President and Chairman of the Leadership Circle Committee. Collins made calls to fellow alumni during the phonathon, encouraged his classmates to attend reunions and made visits to alumni with the development staff. He has supported men’s and women’s basketball, the construction of the Brandt Student Center, the annual fund and various scholarship funds. In 1998, he established the Howard and Lucile Collins Scholarship in honor of his parents. Collins enjoyed a long career as a State Farm Insurance agent and served as a Berkeley County Commissioner in West Virginia.  


2015 Professional Achievement: Yuling Huang-Davie '93

Yuling Huang-Davie earned her undergraduate degree from Xi’an Conservatory of Music in China and then moved to the United States where she completed her Masters degree in Piano Performance at Shenandoah University. After leaving SU, Huang-Davie earned her doctorate from Florida State University.  Her performances have aired on National Public Radio stations in Florida and Louisiana. Huang-Davie has released an album titled “Apparitions and Whimsies” featuring contemporary selections for flute and piano. Huang-Davie has performed extensively as a recitalist and collaborative pianist at college campuses in the U.S and China. She has won awards for her musical accomplishments and was twice named the recipient of both the Marion Park Lewis Foundation for the Arts Award and the Tallahassee Music Guild Scholarship Award. Currently, Huang-Davie is the coordinator of accompanying at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


2015 Lifetime Achievement: James R. Meredith '74

Few can say they’ve had a career as illustrious as Jim Meredith. He has had a distinguished career in Lynchburg City Schools. Meredith started working as a music educator in Lynchburg in 1974 and stayed within the system for 40 years. While working at Sandusky Middle School (1983 - 2013), the band earned local, state and international recognition for its excellence in music performance. As a composer and arranger, Meredith has created over 200 marching band arrangements for high school bands in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also published many works and has been commissioned to write multiple pieces for the Lynchburg Symphony. Meredith has received countless awards for his work as a teacher and composer. These include two citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, 2010 VMEA Music Educator of the Year and the 2012 John Philip Sousa “Legion Laureate” which is presented to only eight band directors nationwide. 


The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest alumni award an alumnus or alumna of Shenandoah University can receive. It honors extraordinary accomplishments and a lifetime record of "unique and significant" service to his or her profession, the university and demonstrated community engagement.

The Young Career Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of Shenandoah University under the age of 35 who has made significant achievements in his or her chosen field or profession.

The Professional Achievement Award recognizes a distinguished alumnus or alumna of Shenandoah University who has a successful career, and who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in his or her chosen field or profession.

The Service to the Community Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of Shenandoah University who, through voluntary or paid work, has significantly contributed to the betterment of his or her community, state, nation, or the world.

The Service to the University Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of Shenandoah University who has demonstrated ongoing dedication to the university and honors that dedication by selflessly serving the institution in an extraordinary manner.

The Shenandoah University Alumni Association invites nominations for candidates for the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominations may be submitted by filling out the nomination form by following the link below, or by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at alums@su.edu.

Click HERE to nominate an alum for an award.

Click HERE to review the list of past award winners.

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