Alumni awards

Franklin Brittain Matthews Legacy Award Nomination Form

This award is to spotlight and showcase the excellence and exceptional achievements of outstanding Black Auburn Alumni. This is a unique opportunity to recognize and honor outstanding Black Alumni who are stellar leaders to the Auburn University community, their college and schools, and in their local communities through professional, volunteer, or personal contributions.

Nomination form will close on November 30, 2022

Black Alumni Weekend Awards

The Black Alumni Weekend Award recognizes recipients for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature and service to the university.


The 2021 Black Alumni Weekend Awards recipients were selected from each college and school for their outstanding achievements. They are:

Apollos Abercrombie, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business
Brenda Allen, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Joshua Ekandem, College of Architecture, Design & Construction
Sophia Bracy Harris, College of Human Sciences
Jerlando Jackson, College of Education
Lawrence Martin, College of Business
Jocelyn Richardson, College of Veterinary Medicine
Jamesa Stokes, College of Sciences and Mathematics
Latricia “Vonnie” Stone, School of Nursing
K-Rob Thomas, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Marquita Winder, Harrison School of Pharmacy

Read their bios below

Apollos Abercrombie ’16
First generation college graduate and respiratory medical sales rep who founded the Apollo’s B.O.W. Foundation to help award students scholarships to attend college or trade schools. He is also a current member of the United States Air Force Reserves.

Brenda M. Allen ’97
Former extension specialist and Auburn University faculty member of urban forestry and environmental ethics. The first woman in Alabama Cooperative Extension Program history to serve as county agricultural extension agent, serving in Coffee and Calhoun counties.

Joshua Ekandem ’07
Experience architect for the “Internet of Things” division at Intel Corporation, works with artificial intelligence developers on smart-home technology and autonomous vehicles.

Sophia Bracy Harris ’72
Retired cofounder of the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL), served 43 years as executive director. Worked to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable youths by creating a network of childcare providers and fundraising for childcare services.

Jerlando Jackson ’97
Director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory and the concurrent holder of the Rupple-Bascom Professor of Education and the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jackson’s scholarship and public appearances explore organizational disparities in the workplace. He also serves as department chair of educational leadership and policy analysis in the School of Education.

Lawrence Martin ’07
Chief software development officer for global product software engineering at Epicor Software, overseeing globally distributed cloud ERP solutions for 20,000 customers in 68 countries.

Jocelyn Richardson ’99
Lead veterinarian at Barry Veterinary Hospital in Miramar Beach, Fla. Former chief of staff veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Dothan, Ala. The 2021 Southern Veterinary Partners’ Veterinarian of the Year.

Jamesa Stokes ’14
Materials research engineer at the Environmental Effects and Coatings Branch of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Former Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Structures and Design in the German Aerospace Center in Stuttgart.

Vonnie Stone ’95
Graduate family nurse practitioner. Clinical and quality manager for Erlanger Health System’s three community health center locations at Dodson Avenue, Southside and Premiere Health. Past Career and Technical Education Department chair and health science teacher of Tyner Academy.

K-Rob Thomas ’01
Vice president of origination and acquisitions at Southern Power, overseeing the company’s origination and acquisition efforts for solar, wind, storage and natural gas technologies across North America.

Marquita Winder ’10
Ambulatory care clinical pharmacist, adjunct assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes at the University of South Carolina, and a health disparities researcher at the Columbia VA Health Care System.

Past Recipients


Simona Black ’94, Curriculum in Professional Nursing
Randy Bradley ’97, Computer Engineering
Victoria David ’99, Forestry Management
Sharlene Evans ’86, Industrial Engineering
Andre Harrison ’06, Administration of Elementary Education/Secondary Education
Sonya Jenkins ’92, Applied Mathematics
Cheniece Kelleher ’13, Hotel & Restaurant Management
Abra Lee ’02, Horticulture
Wade Scott ’76, Pharmacal Science

2019 Recipients

Katrice Albert ’02, Counseling Psychology
Lamar Barnett, Jr. ’01, Accountancy
Ruthie Bolton ’90, Health & Human Performance
Ronnie Brown ’04, Communication
Pedro Cherry ’93, Industrial Engineering
Audrey Goins Cormier ’74, Biological Sciences
Phyllis Gosa ’76, Pharmacal Science
Terrance Hunter ’09, Veterinary Medicine
Keith Matthews ’05, Biomedical Sciences
Jerryn McCray ’02, Architecture
Phearthur Moore ’87, Forestry Management
Chastity Stevenson Westry ’97, Agriculture Business & Economics
Chantel Tramitiere ’17, Public Relations-Speech

2018 Recipients

Duriel Barlow ’03, Secondary Education English/Science
Sharon Gess ’94, Psychology
Willie Huntley ’80, Political Science
Kenneth Kelly ’90, Electrical Engineering
David Knox ’92, Veterinary Medicine
Kristalyn Lee ’03, Microbiology
Linwood Moore ’77, Pharmacal Science
Bridget Peters ’15, Kinesiology
Dana Stone ’94, Forestry Management
Tim Vines ’88, Finance
Joseph Young ’14, Aviation Management


2017 Recipients

Valentin Abe ’91, Fish and Allied Aquacultures
Ernest Boyd ’76, Forestry Management
Gregory Philip Curtis ’11, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Angela Jenkins ’94, Biochemistry
Christopher Martin ’12, Nursing
Carl McMillian ’87, Pharmacal Science and Medicinal Science
Dawn Oliver ’97, Political Science
Anthony Salandy ’78, Human Development and Family Studies
Mychal Walker ’79, Speech Communication

2016 Recipients

Christopher C. Collier ’83, Speech Communication
Stephen J. Davis ’08, Pharmacy
Kenneth Day ’81, Forestry Management
Keisha Dzata ’10, Accountancy
Corey Edwards ’06, Finance and Higher Education Administration
Henry M. Ford ’76, Psychology
Kel Jackson ’11, Mechanical Engineering
Dana Carl Little ’79, Forestry Management
Shawn Malone ’96, Electrical Engineering
Harold Melton ’88, Business
James Curtis Owens
Roderick D. Perry ’95, Health Promotion and Higher Education Administration
Samuel L. Pettijohn ’67, Applied Physics
George O. Sneed, Jr. ’96, Nursing