The 2011 Meredith College Alumnae Award winners were announced on Saturday, May 14, 2011, as part of the College’s annual Alumnae Reunion Weekend.
Suzanne Reynolds, ’71, of Winston-Salem, N.C., is the Distinguished Alumna Award recipient. Jenny Taylor Bond, ’61, of Mason, Mich., and Robin Morgan, ’77, of Landenberg, Penn., received the Career Achievement Award; and Sue Anne Lewis, ’03, of Durham, N.C., received the Recent Graduate Award.
Read more about this year’s recipients below.
Suzanne Reynolds, ’71
Distinguished Alumna Award
Suzanne Reynolds is a legal scholar who has served on the faculty at the Wake Forest University School of Law since 1981. A professor of law, she is currently serving as the School’s executive associate dean for academic affairs. Reynolds is a widely recognized expert in family law, and is the author of Lee’s North Carolina Family Law, a three-volume treatise surveying family law topics, with emphasis on the law of North Carolina.
Her support of Meredith College includes serving on the Meredith College Board of Trustees from 2001-04, and as a speaker for Meredith’s 1991 Women and the Law panel discussion, which featured Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The event was held to commemorate the College’s centennial. Her community service includes serving as the co-founder of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center of Forsyth County and the Women in the Profession, Long-range Planning chair for the N.C. Bar Association.
Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Meredith, a Master of Arts in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.
Jenny Taylor Bond, ’61
Career Achievement Award
Jenny Taylor Bond, ’61, has had a distinguished career on the human nutrition faculty at Michigan State University, where she earned her doctorate in 1972. After decades of service, the University named her a professor emeritus in September 2000. She also served as acting assistant dean of international studies and programs from 2005-08.
Bond is an active member of many nutrition organizations, including the American Dietetic Association, the Michigan Dietetic Association and the Michigan Dietetic Association Institute. Since 1999, she has served as a board member for Christian Children’s Fund (Child Fund International). Her numerous awards include the National Excellence in Teaching Award from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University, and selection as a charter fellow of the American Dietetic Association.
Bond is one of 100 Meredith College graduates featured in the College’s Park Mural. She has been an advocate for Meredith in many ways, including by encouraging students to apply for Meredith’s Dietetic Internship program.
Robin Morgan, ’77
Career Achievement Award
Robin Morgan, ’77, serves the University of Delaware as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and as professor of molecular biology.
After completing a B.S. in biology at Meredith, Morgan earned a Ph.D. in biology at Johns Hopkins University. She has been on the faculty of the University of Delaware since 1985. A recognized expert in animal science, Morgan’s research interests focus on the molecular biology of Marek’s disease, a virus that causes infectious lymphomas in chickens. She holds a patent for a Marek’s disease vaccine, and is the author more than 100 published research papers, book chapters and academic presentations. She has earned numerous research grants from funding organizations including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Morgan’s community involvement includes service to the University of Delaware, the Delaware Humanities Forum, Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council, and on professional committees including the Marek’s Disease Symposium Organizing Committee and as chair of the Delaware Agriculture Research Strategic Planning Committee.
Sue Anne Lewis, ’03
Recent Graduate Award
Sue Anne Lewis, ’03, serves as a student life instructor (SLI) at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, N.C. She is one of 20 SLIs at the school, a residential public high school. She also serves as a shift supervisor and assistant girls’ volleyball coach.
In addition to her professional role, Lewis was the leader of the School of Science and Mathematics’ successful 2011 effort to break the Guinness World Record for collecting the most food in a single location on a single day. Under Lewis’ leadership, the food drive collected more than 550,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Lewis organized a 2010 food drive that collected nearly 320,000 pounds of food.
Her service also includes efforts to support communities in need after natural disasters, such as organizing a silent auction fundraiser to support the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts following Hurricane Katrina.
Lewis has supported Meredith College by helping to recruit students, including a Presidential Scholar, to her alma mater.
Date Submitted: 2011-05-16
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