Alums Offer Words of Wisdom at Graduation

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Four University of West Georgia alumni served as speakers at the commencement ceremonies on May 10. They were Trent North, J. Randolph “Randy” Evans, Cary Ichter and Carlianne Patrick Crotty.

The UWG commencement was held in the Campus Center Gymnasium at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Undergraduates from the College of Education were awarded degrees at the 9 a.m. ceremony. The noon and 3 p.m. ceremonies featured undergraduates who received their degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences. At noon, students earning Bachelor of Science, a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Nursing degrees received their diploma.

Trent North spoke at the 9 a.m. ceremony. North has served as principal of Carrollton Middle School in Carrollton since 2005. Before joining Carrollton Middle School, he was principal of New Horizons alternative school for three years and assistant principal of Carrollton Elementary School for five years. Prior to becoming a principal, he taught seventh grade history at Carrollton Junior High School.

North holds a Specialist in Education degree in educational leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science and master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia. He serves on the University of West Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees, the UWG Real Estate Foundation Board and the UWG Black Men with Initiative Board.

Attorney J. Randolph “Randy” Evans spoke at the noon ceremony. Evans has been listed since 2002 in Best Lawyers in America, and Atlanta Magazine recognized him as a Georgia Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2007. JAMES Magazine named him one of Georgia’s Most Influential People in 2005 and 2006. A frequent lecturer and national speaker, Evans is the author of two books, The Practical Guide to Legal Malpractice Prevention and Guidelines for Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance. In addition to numerous articles and publications, he writes a weekly newspaper column that appears in newspapers around Georgia.

Evans earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, at West Georgia in 1980. He received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, at the University of Georgia in 1983. He is a recipient of the UWG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Attorney Cary Ichter spoke at the 3 p.m. ceremony.  He is a partner in the Adorno & Yoss Commercial Litigation practice group. A trial lawyer who primarily handles commercial disputes, Ichter represents a range of clients including national franchise companies, which he represents both regionally and nationally, and several international franchise brands, which he represents on a national basis.

Ichter earned his Bachelor of Science degree at West Georgia in 1981, and he received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1984. He is a member of the University of West Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees, and he is also involved in Organization CARE.

The vice president for research and planning for Carroll Tomorrow/Carroll County Chamber in Carrollton since 2001, Carlianne Patrick Crotty has been recognized in Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” list of the state’s emerging leaders in business, culture, government and academics.

Crotty earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international economic affairs and psychology, magna cum laude, from UWG in 2000, and her Master of Science degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2001. She was named a UWG Outstanding Young Alumna in 2005 and serves on the Advanced Academy of Georgia Board of Trustees.  Crotty spoke at the 6 p.m. ceremony.