2014 Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2014 Alumni Awards recipients that will be honored on April 12!  Click on their names below for more information on each recipient.

Mr. Mark Camp
Honorary Alumnus

Presented to a person who has demonstrated outstanding service to the University of West Georgia and/or the Alumni Association.

Mark Camp began his relationship with the University of West Georgia as a student in 1980. What was intended as a short break from school became permanent when Mark left to assist with the family business. Shortly after, he helped found the company that is known today as Advantage Office Solutions. Mark’s relationship with the University of West Georgia is now as a valued vendor and financial supporter. In addition to being a member of the UWG Champions Council, he serves on the Richards College of Business Board of Advisors, is a Corporate Sponsor of the Athletics Program, has contributed to the RCOB Visionary Endowment Fund, and has sponsored two Learning Labs on Campus. Mark is an active member in the community, serving in various leadership roles at First Baptist Church of Villa Rica and serves on the Small Business Development Committee for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. He was honored to receive the 2011 Small Business ‘Person of the Year’ Award from the Chamber.

Ms. Jeanine Chambers '96
Service to Humanity

Presented to a graduate whose service to humanity enriched persons or community while bringing credit to the University of West Georgia and/or the Alumni Association.

Jeanine Chambers has served as the Executive Director of Angel Flight Soars for 14 years. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of West Georgia in 1996. She went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration with a CIS concentration from Georgia State University in 1999, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma (top 5% nationally).While a student, Jeanine became involved with Angel Flight Soars. This non-profit volunteer pilot organization arranges free air transportation to treatments for individuals with medical needs and financial constraints. She began as an Earth Angel volunteer, then served as a member of the 1997-1998 Board of Directors, and received the Outstanding Community Service Award 1998.Upon completion of graduate school, Jeanine began making even more of a difference in the lives of others by becoming the Executive Director of Angel Flight Soars. During Jeanine’s tenure, Angel Flight Soars has grown over 800%. She has led the charitable organization through an overall restructuring and built public awareness to unprecedented levels. Jeanine is a native of Atlanta, and resides in John’s Creek with her daughter Courtney and their beloved rescue dog “Marley.” It is through Angel Flight Soar’s mission and her community involvement that Jeanine Chambers realizes her life’s dream of helping others.

Mr. David Collings '09 '10
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Presented to a UWG graduate of the past 10 years who has made significant strides in career achievement.

David was a scholarship baseball player at Andrew College and the University of West Georgia. He grew up playing with some of the best traveling teams in the state of Georgia as well as the award-winning East Cobb teams. Over the past three years, he has built quality relationships with pitchers and hitters throughout the West Georgia region by giving personal training tips and lessons. David managed Next Level Sports Center in Carrollton, GA, and also was an instructor at Chipper Jones’ 10th Inning Baseball Academy in Suwanee, GA. After 5 years of managing and gaining experience, he has now bought his own facility in Douglasville, GA that is going strong. He purchased what is now 5-Tool Sports Training Center on May 4, 2012. It is a great and growing business that has taken huge strides within the last few months. 5-Tool has grown from 1 travel team in the first year, to 5 teams currently. The teams are considered a family, and they are reaching out to more and more people in the community. Through the contacts David has made within the past year and a half, 5-Tool has been able to give back to our local community through various mediums. 5-Tool has participated in camps with the Atlanta Braves to support the Douglasville Miracle League, and members of the 5-Tool Family have been buddies with the kids in the Miracle League. 5-Tool has also worked camps for Atlanta Public School students and the LEAD Foundation at Turner Field. He also works closely with Douglas County HS, West Georgia Technical College, and other local high schools. David sponsored a scholarship for a deserving WGTC Baseball Player, as well. David loves working with children and helping them reach their full potential through being a positive role model, and providing a safe, educational environment for every child in the community.

Mr. James Collins, Jr. '91
Achievement Award - Richards College of Business

Presented to graduates who have brought credit to the University of West Georgia and/or the Alumni Association through career achievement in Business.

Jim Collins is Deutsche Bank’s global chief operating officer for institutional client sales and has worked for the company since 1997. The unit has 1,600 professionals working in more than 40 countries, distributing fixed income and equities products to large institutional clients. After graduating with a BBA in finance, he left the Atlanta area for Tampa to work for Salomon Brothers, one of the largest investment firms in the country at the time. Jim has recently worked with the Richards College of Business students when they visited him in London, and he mentioned how important it is to take risks in a corporate world. He told the students that once they have a job, “do it well and don’t be afraid.” Jim is very proud that he came to West Georgia and looks forward to working with students in the future. He is a father of two teenage daughters and a five-year-old son, is based in London, where he moved in August 2010.

Mr. Scott C. Hamilton '92
Spotlight Award

This award is an effort to spotlight an alumnus/a who has brought credit to the University and/or Association in a relatively short period of time.

Scott C. Hamilton Graduated from West Georgia in 1992 with a degree in Social Studies Education. He played football for his first 2 years at West Georgia.  He was also a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity serving as President during the 1991-1992 school year. Scott has been a teacher in various school systems since his graduation. He currently works at Paulding County High School. He has received several awards during his career. He was the Region 5A Athletic director of the year in 2001. This year he was the Atlanta Falcons Coach of the week, 11 Alive Class Act of the Week and featured on the Today Show and NBC Nightly News for his programs at PCHS. He has 3 children, Zach 15, Madison12, Ben 17 months. He is married to the former Madeleine Cook.

Mrs. Melanie Dawn Hildebrandt '03 '08
J. Owen Moore Staff Award

(Previously known as the Outstanding Retired Faculty/Staff Award and the Outstanding Professor Award)

In 2008, the award was renamed in memory of J. Owen Moore ’40, loyal supporter of UWG, retired faculty member, and lifetime member of the Alumni Association. The award recognizes service to the university, students, and the community. This award will be presented in two categories: one to a faculty member, either retired or current, and another to a staff member, either retired or current.

Melanie is a native of Carrollton, graduate of Carrollton High School in 2000. She is married to husband, Nathan Hildebrandt, for 10 years and lives in Carrollton with their daughter, Averi (3 years old.)  She graduated in December 2003 from UWG with BA in International Economic Affairs, summa cum laude, Honors College graduate and undergraduate commencement speaker for the Richards College of Business. She went on to receive her MBA from UWG in 2008, graduated in July 2011, with MS in Applied Economics from Ga Southern University. Melanie has coordinated the past 10 UWG Honors Convocations (2004-2013.) She is a founding member of UWG’s PAAA: Professional Association of Academic Advisors and served as: Vice President of Communications (2007-2009), President (2009-2011), Past President (2011-2013.) She arranged and traveled with undergraduate students to over 30 state, regional, and national research conferences. In 2011 she became the Coordinator of UWG’s Research Day and Big Night, and helped increase participation and attendance for both events. Melanie served as Vice Chair of the Faculty/Staff 2011 A Day campaign and Chair of 2012 campaign. She managed Student Research Assistant Program (SRAP), including budget of $75,000, over 35 research projects and approximately 70 student employees, and serves as Treasurer and CFO for Highview Church in Villa Rica.

Mrs. Jessyca M. Holland '00
Achievement Award - College of Arts & Humanities

Presented to graduates who have brought credit to the University of West Georgia and/or the Alumni Association through career achievement in Arts and Humanities.

Jessyca Holland is the co-founder and Executive Director of C4 Atlanta. C4 Atlanta is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to helping artists learn the business side of being creative. C4 Atlanta was founded in 2010 to offer artists affordable entrepreneurship training and resources to help spur small, creative businesses thrive. C4 Atlanta was named Best Artist Resource by Creative Loafing in 2013. Jessyca has worked as an arts administrator for over eight years in Atlanta. Before joining the world of nonprofit arts administration, Jessyca was an independent actor performing in Greater Atlanta. Jessyca participated in the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2007 Leadership Program, the 2011 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, was a 2011 Judith O’Conner Scholar at BoardSource and was named Alumni of the Year in 2013 by the University of West Georgia Theatre Company. Jessyca has served on panels for Georgia Forward, Gather Atlanta, the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations and was a member of the Advisory Committee for Elevate, the City of Atlanta's annual public art celebration. Additionally, she has been featured in American Theatre Magazine. Jessyca earned her B.A. in Theatre in 2000 from the University of West Georgia, and Masters of Library Media in 2009 from Georgia State University. Jessyca currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.

Mrs. Amelia Dyer Jordon '00 '03
Achievement Award - Tanner Health System School of Nursing

Presented to graduates who have brought credit to the University of West Georgia and/or the Alumni Association through career achievement in Nursing.

Amy Dyer Jordon is Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Gordon Hospital, a member of Adventist Health System, the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare system in the world. Mrs. Jordon has more than 20 years of experience with Gordon Hospital serving in various capacities and leadership roles. Since being named as Chief Nursing Officer in 2006, the nursing staff at Gordon has achieved some of the highest Quality and HCAHPS scores in their region as well as in Adventist Health System and has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.

In addition, Gordon Hospital has been recognized by the Leapfrog group for earning an ‘A’ on its safety score. Gordon is the only hospital in their region to receive this designation multiple times. Georgia Trend magazine also recently named Gordon Hospital as the #1 small hospital (less than 150 beds) in Georgia.

Mrs. Jordon holds healthcare certifications in Quality and Risk Management. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the Georgia Organization of Nurse Leaders where she is serving as President Elect for the Northwest Georgia Chapter. Mrs. Jordon and her husband David have three children, Annsley, Ben and Caleb.

Jimmy '86 and Michelle Morgan '86 '87
Thelma Harman Turner Loyalty Award

(Previously known as the Alumni Loyalty Award.)

It is presented to an alumnus/alumna in recognition of enduring loyal service to the University of West Georgia and/or the Alumni Association.

Commitment to UWG has always been strong beginning in 1995 when Jimmy and Michelle co-chaired ADAY. They have helped over 12 students to further their education at the University of West Georgia through the Morgan Oil Company scholarship. Both have served on the University’s Foundation Board of Trustees. Recently, they secured a grant from the BP Fueling Communities program to support the Women’s tennis team and the Howl for Art public art project to benefit the UWG Annual campaign. Michelle has served as the first President of the Penelope Melson Library Society which supports Ingram Library and brings culturally enriching programs to the University and the community. Jimmy and Michelle have continue to volunteer for Live Art at the Townsend Center which brings unique and talented performers to the Carroll County region. They are both proud to be donors to the UWG athletic stadium.

Jimmy and Michelle are very active in the Carrollton Community. Morgan Oil Company has supported the Carrollton GreenBelt (a 16 mile linear park currently under construction that will be the largest paved loop trail in the State of Georgia) through its financial commitments and company employee participation in the first and second annual Greenbelt 5k. Jimmy has been supportive of the Friends of the association for Retarded Citizens with their annual dance fundraiser. Michelle is currently the Chairman of the Board for the Carrollton City and Carroll County Communities in School – a national proven program to raise the graduation rate in our school systems.

Jimmy has been CEO of Morgan Oil Company for over 30 years – taking over the helm at 19 while still at West Georgia. They have three children: Patrick (15), Michael (14) and Elizabeth (12). They also have a 4 year old standard poodle – Caesar.

Dr. William C. Schaniel
J. Owen Moore Faculty Award

(Previously known as the Outstanding Retired Faculty/Staff Award and the Outstanding Professor Award)

In 2008, the award was renamed in memory of J. Owen Moore ’40, loyal supporter of UWG, retired faculty member, and lifetime member of the Alumni Association. The award recognizes service to the university, students, and the community. This award will be presented in two categories: one to a faculty member, either retired or current, and another to a staff member, either retired or current.

Bill Schaniel came to West Georgia College in 1980 on a one-year contract as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1987, and in 2000 he was promoted to Full Professor. His administrative positions include Chair of the Honors Program 1987 to 1990, co-Director of the Summer International Banking & Finance Program 1994 to 2005, Student Ombudsman in 1997, Director of Honors College Activities and External Scholarships 1998 to 2001, and Director of International Services & Programs from 2001 to 2013. His honors included being designated a University System of Georgia master Teacher in 1986, the Student Government Association Faculty of the Year Award in 1997 and the Honors Faculty pf the Year in 1998. In 2009 though Bill retired from his faculty position he continued as Director of International Services & Programs and teaching one course in the Department of Economics. After full retirement in 2013, Bill was awarded Professor Emeritus status.

Throughout his tenure at the University of West Georgia Bill sought to expand the learning experience opportunities of students. His goal for both in class and out of class experiences is to broaden the understanding of how the world worked.

Bill’s service was not just to students, but to the general academic community and to the local community as well. Bill has chaired and served on range of committees for the Richards College of Business, the University, and the University System. Professionally, Bill has served the Western Social Science Association, the Association for Institutionalist Thought, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Academy of Economics & Finance in a range of official capacities. He has also made numerous presentations to local civic clubs in Carrollton, Villa Rica, and Newnan. Bill has also served as President of the UWG AAUP Chapter, as President of the Carrollton Kiwanis Club, and has served on the Boards of the Peach State Credit Union and the Carroll County Red Cross.

Bill’s academic work includes 17 articles in peer reviewed journals, 11 book and report chapters, and 68 presentations at professional meetings. Bill received his undergraduate degree in Economics Gonzaga University (1974), his Masters (1982) and Doctorate (1985) degrees in Economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Currently Bill is working as an International Education Consultant through Global Scholastic Services.

Mr. Kenneth C. Shiver '89
Thelma Harman Turner Loyalty Award

(Previously known as the Alumni Loyalty Award.)

It is presented to an alumnus/alumna in recognition of enduring loyal service to the University of West Georgia and/or the Alumni Association.

Mr. Shiver is the Chief Economist of the Atlanta-based Southern Company. As manager of the company’s Planning and Regulatory Support functions, he is responsible for monitoring the economic environment and for the development of load research, forecasts, and costing studies that drive the company’s planning and analysis processes. He has over 20 years of experience in the utility industry and at Southern Company and is a frequent speaker to industry groups and regulatory bodies.

The foundation of Mr. Shiver’s career began at the University of West Georgia where he obtained a BBA in Economics (1989). Through the Presidential Scholarship Program and the guidance of Dr. William Schaniel, Honor’s Program Director, Mr. Shiver became interested in the field of Economics. At the Richard’s College of Business, Mr. Shiver’s experience was further enhanced by working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Michael Raper. The mentorship of these two professors led Mr. Shiver to obtain a MS in Economics from Georgia State University (1991) where he worked in the Economic Forecasting Center under the direction of Dr. Donald Ratajczak.

Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Richard’s College of Business at the University of West Georgia. Kenneth and his wife, Patty, (1991) reside in Carrollton and have one son, Andrew.

“At West Georgia, I found my wonderful spouse and studied under great mentors that have been the foundation of my success and career. I’m proud to say that I ‘Went West’.”

Dr. Sandra S. Stone '76 '78
Achievement Award - College of Social Sciences

Presented to graduates who have brought credit to the University of West Georgia and/or the Alumni Association through career achievement in Social Sciences.

Dr. Stone currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dalton State College and has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of social services, health care, and education, as a direct service provider, researcher, teacher, administrator and consultant. She began her career in social services, where she became interested in behavioral research. She then worked on federally funded research projects in the areas of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and drug enforcement; served as the drug policy advisor for the Atlanta Mayor’s Office; was the Executive Director of Research Atlanta; and was the Director of Planning and Research for the GA Dept. of Juvenile Justice. Dr. Stone joined the faculty of the University of West GA in 1996 and has since been employed by the University System of GA. She has also served as a consultant for a variety of social service agencies, conducting needs assessments, program evaluations, and policy analyses. Dr. Stone’s research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of juvenile delinquency/juvenile justice, gangs, family violence, women in the criminal justice system, program evaluation and public policy. She has a number of publications and professional presentations, has worked on several grant-funded projects, and has served on local, state and national committees and task forces in those areas. Since 2002, Dr. Stone has held several positions in higher education administration, including Associate and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of West GA, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dalton State College, Interim Director of the Applied Research Center at Southern Polytechnic State University, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Programs for the GA Board of Regents.