VCU celebrates outstanding alumni volunteers

Top, left to right: Michelle Turner, William M. and Marsha C. Ginther, Joseph R. Stemmle, Sarah K...
Top, left to right: Michelle Turner, William M. and Marsha C. Ginther, Joseph R. Stemmle, Sarah Kilmon.
Bottom, left to right: Paula Saxby, Ph.D., David A. Gallagher, Alumni Charity Challenge, Tammy Swecker and Timmy Nguyen.

Virginia Commonwealth University will honor a collection of its most dedicated and accomplished alumni at VCU Alumni’s Alumni Volunteer Service Awards celebration.

The awards celebrate alumni who have worked with particular devotion to serve the VCU community.

Recipients will be honored Oct. 28 at the Science Museum of Virginia. Each of the top award recipients will receive a handmade glass medallion, crafted by alumnus Sean Donlon (B.F.A.’12/A). For more information and to register to attend the event, visit

This year’s recipients are:

  • Alumni Charity Challenge, winner of the VCU Alumni Outstanding Program Award, awarded for a successful and innovative program that has furthered the mission of VCU Alumni.
  • David A. Gallagher (B.S.’97/B), winner of the Edward H. Peeples Jr. Award for Social Justice, awarded to an alumnus for leadership in humanitarian contributions in combating inequality and social injustice.
  • William M. Ginther (B.S.’69/B; M.S.’74/B) and Marsha C. Ginther, winners of the Elaine and W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. and Vickie and Thomas Snead Jr. Alumni Award for Extraordinary Service, awarded to alumni who have shown extraordinary leadership and who have made outstanding contributions to the university. 
  • Sarah Kilmon, creative and strategic advertising major, Class of 2017, winner of the VCU STAT Award, awarded to a member of Students Today Alumni Tomorrow for outstanding leadership and service.
  • Timmy Nguyen (B.S.’11/B), winner of the VCU Alumni Service Award, awarded to a graduate who has made significant contributions to VCU Alumni.
  • Paula Saxby, Ph.D. (M.S.’85/N; Ph.D.’92/N), winner of the MCVAA Outstanding Alumnus Award, awarded to a graduate of the MCV Campus who is nationally recognized and acknowledged by leaders in their chosen profession as having made distinguished contributions to health care.
  • Joseph R. Stemmle (B.S.’13/B), winner of the VCU GOLD Award, awarded to a graduate of the last decade for commitment to VCU and to VCU Alumni.
  • Tammy Swecker (B.S.’93/D; M.Ed.’05/E), winner of the MCVAA Hodges-Kay Service Award, awarded to a graduate of the MCV Campus in recognition of service to the MCV Alumni Association and participation in activities of the association, their school and/or the university.
  • Michelle Turner (B.S.’93/H&S), winner of the Eugene H. and Rosalia C. Hunt Alumni Pride Award, awarded to a graduate who has shown outstanding service in one of VCU Alumni’s constituent organizations.


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