For Immediate Release
March 28, 2008
Public Information Office
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UNC Asheville Honors Alumni with Annual Awards
UNC Asheville recently honored some of its most outstanding alumni with the University's annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder and UNC Asheville National Alumni Council Chair Neal Rhoades (Class of 1986) presented the awards at a special dinner on campus on March 27, 2008.
The Roy A. Taylor Distinguished Alumnus Award
was presented to Mike Grace (Class of 1974) for his notable career
as an attorney in Winston-Salem. Grace launched Grace, Holton,
Tisdale & Clifton in 1981 and has earned a statewide reputation as a
top litigator. Prior to opening his own practice, Grace worked as a
staff attorney for Congressman Lamar Gudger and as a special
assistant to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department
of Justice by appointment of President Jimmy Carter.
The Francine M. Delany Award for Service to the Community was presented to Joye Haynes-Ganger (Class of 1989) for dedication to health care and education in Henderson County. Founder of Whitley Home Medical, Haynes-Ganger uses her professional expertise and connections to benefit the community. She accepts donations of used home medical equipment, repairs or refurbishes it, and donates it to others in need. She is also an active member of Rotary and a volunteer at Four Seasons Hospice.
Brian Winslett (Class of 2003) was inducted into the Order of Pisgah
for outstanding achievement in his professional field. Winslett
co-founded Blue Ridge Biofuels, the only Western North Carolina
distributor of biodiesel fuel. Winslett's company earned the 2007
Alternative Fuels Leadership Award from the North Carolina State
Energy Office and the 2005 Standing Ovation Award from the Western
North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency. When not in the office,
Winslett devotes his time to educating the public about the
environmental benefits of switching to plant-based fuels.
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