Awards Honor Distinguished Alumni

The College of Charleston Alumni Association will honor seven alumni at the 2010 Alumni Awards Banquet on November 11 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel (170 Lockwood Blvd) at 6:00 p.m.

John A. Zeigler, Jr. is receiving the Alumni Award of Honor, the highest honor awarded by the College of Charleston Alumni Association. While a graduate of The Citadel, John is an integral part of the College’s School of the Arts and has played a major role in the lives of students, creating 25 funds that support the School. The 98-year-old’s giving philosophy is simple: every little bit counts.

Sharon Brock Kingman ’80 is receiving the Distinguished Alumna Award, which recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions or their communities over a long period of time. After involvement with BellSouth, Sharon worked on the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City and for the next year led the marketing effort for the U.S. Olympic Committee. After Salt Lake City, she went to work for the International Olympic Committee and has been overseeing the technology and telecommunications for the Olympic Games ever since. In 2010, she added the World Equestrian Games to her list of accomplishments.

Charles T. (Bud) Ferillo, Jr. ’72 is receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award. An advocate for education, Bud produced and directed the 2005 documentary “Corridor of Shame” that told the story of the school systems in the rural South Carolina counties along Interstate 95. The documentary attracted national and international attention, including that of President Barack Obama.

Lucy Garrett Beckham ’70 is the Alumna of the Year, which recognizes an alumna or alumnus who has contributed significantly to his or her profession or his or her community during the past year. Lucy was recognized as National High School Principal of the Year in 2010 as the principal of Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. She adds this to her list of accolades including Teacher of the Year and State Administrator of the Year.

Carol Hannah Whitfield ’07 is receiving the Young Alumna of the Year Award, which recognizes a graduate of the past 10 years. Carol Hannah earned a spot on the Lifetime show “Project Runway” where she ended the season as one of the top three finalists. The premier of the sixth season garnered 4.2 million viewers and Carol Hannah became a household name.

Justin R. McLain ’98 is the Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year. The award is given by the School of Business and recognizes a graduate who has made significant contributions as a business leader. Justin came to the College at the age of 16 and entered the workforce at the age of 20. In 2007, he was named CEO of Endeavor Telecom, a giant in the telecommunications business that provides inside wiring and equipment installation for clients such as AT&T, Vonage and end-users like McDonald’s and The Ritz-Carlton.

Margaret E. Mohrmann ’69 is the recipient of the Pre-Medical Society’s Outstanding Service in Medicine Award. Margaret has worked in numerous positions at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia where she has received many awards. Margaret currently holds joint appointments at UVA in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences (Department of Religious Studies). She directs the programs of teaching, clinical service and research in biomedical ethics and teaches courses in the history of Christian ethics.She is also a well-known author and nationally renowned speaker.

More information about the recipients and the Awards Ceremony.

For more information, contact Karen Burroughs Jones at 843.953.5773 or jonesk@cofc.edu.