Elon Alumni Association

Elon Black Alumni Network Awards

These awards are presented annually at Homecoming during the Black Alumni Scholarship banquet.

Click here to access the online nomination form.

2014 Award recipients

KAREN CAIN-HENDERSON ’90
Gail Fonville Parker '70 Distinguished Alumna Award

A pioneer businesswoman, Karen Cain-Henderson has served as the vice president of sales at Century Products LLC and currently serves as director of marketing for Weeping Willow AME Zion Church in Charlotte, N.C. As an undergraduate student at Elon, Cain-Henderson was heavily involved in the Black Cultural Society, Gospel Choir, New Student Orientation and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and joyfully returns to campus frequently to mentor students. Cain-Henderson has also served as a member of the Elon Black Alumni Network since its inception. She has a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina Central University and lives in Charlotte with husband Gary.

TEDDY BLACKWELL ’89
Eugene Perry '69 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Teddy Blackwell is a Minor League Baseball athletic trainer who has spent his entire career working in the Cleveland Indians farm system. Starting in 1988, he spent two seasons with the Burlington (N.C.) Indians in the Appalachian League. He then moved on to the Watertown Indians for one season and the Columbus Redstixx for two campaigns. From 1994 to 2002, he was the trainer for the Kinston Indians in the Carolina League. He returned to Burlington for four seasons and spent the next two years with the Gulf Coast League Indians. As an Elon student, he was involved in the Black Cultural Society, Gospel Choir and was one of the 10 founding members of the Nu Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He serves as a mentor and tutor to students and volunteers in his community and nationwide, and lives in McLeansville, N.C., with wife Deborah and son Raymond.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS
K. Wilhelmina Boyd Outstanding Service to Students Award

Michael Williams serves as the director of campus center operations and conferences at Elon University. Often referred to as “The Man of Moseley,” he serves daily with a welcoming smile on his face. Williams has been an influential member of the campus community for 16 years and has affected the lives of thousands of students, staff and faculty. In addition to his Moseley duties, Williams also has advised student organizations such as Alpha Phi Alpha and the Gospel Choir, and serves on the Office of Leadership and Professional Development’s mentoring program, as well as the Black History Month and safety committees. Williams lives in Burlington, N.C., where he is heavily involved in St. Matthews AME Church as the Sunday school superintendent and a steward.


Previous year recipients

2013

  • Gail Fonville '70 Distinguished Alumni Award: Ruby Thornton ’99
  • Eugene Perry '69 Distinguished Alumni Award: Darryl Smith ’86
  • K. Wilhelmina Boyd Outstanding Service to Students Award: Associate Professor Of English Prudence Layne

2012

  • Gail Fonville '70 Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. L’Tanya Richmond '87
  • Eugene Perry '69 Distinguished Alumni Award: Frank Haith '88
  • K. Wilhelmina Boyd Outstanding Service to Students Award: Melissa Jordan '04

2011

  • Gail Fonville '70 Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Donna Hill Oliver '72
  • Eugene Perry '69 Distinguished Alumni Award:Priscilla Awkard '95
  • K. Wilhelmina Boyd Outstanding Service to Students Award: Dr. Matthew Clark

2010

  • Staff Awards: Marsha Boone P'06, Janice Ratliff & Betty Covington P'94
  • Alumni Awards: Annette Leath Orbert '90 & Lisa Roper '93 P'11
  • Faculty Award: Dr. K. Wilhelmina Boyd
  • Organization Award: Black Cultural Society