E&H in the City Volunteers Honored by E&H Alumni Association

Posted by Monica Hoel

Emory & Henry in the City Volunteers have been named the 2021 recipients of the Fred Selfe Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Award. (Read more about E&H Alumni Awards.)

This award recognizes an E&H alum who has offered outstanding volunteer time to Emory & Henry. And while normally the award is given to a single individual, the awards selection committee elected this year to recognize a group of volunteers.

Annually for more than 10 years now, more than 50 (and as many as 70) alumni volunteer to make our E&H in the City event a success. The event is a worldwide happy hour event that encourages alumni to gather for a cocktail at a local watering hole and meet other alumni in the region. The event has grown from just over 100 participants the first year to more than 600 participants who gather with friends, or post a solo photo when no other alumni live nearby. A recent survey of alumni indicated that E&H in the City has become the second most popular event with alumni (coming in behind Homecoming, of course). And the event has very quickly become an Emory & Henry tradition.

The event, quite literally, would never be possible without our volunteers: on a single night, more than 30 events occur throughout the country and around the world, making it impossible to staff with college personnel. Alumni have been the drivers and the supporters of this event which has quickly become part of the Emory & Henry lingo.

The 2021 E&H in the City event is set for 7 pm on, April 8 and will be an online event – giving alumni living in areas where there aren’t other alumni the chance to interact with other E&H grads. And, once again, E&H alumni are lining up to volunteer to help organize the event.

 

Other 2021 awardees are:
Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award:
Rob Goldsmith, Class of 1971
President and CEO at People, Incorporated of Virginia

Distinguished Achievement:
Lisa Jordan, Class of 1984
Director of Education at the United Steel Workers.

A.L. Mitchell Young Alumna Award:
Kishanna Caesar Heyward, Class of 2008.
Author of a coloring book that teaches children about the value and perils of credit.

James A. Davis Faculty Award:
Dr. James Duchamp
Emory & Henry Copenhaver Professor & Chair of the Chemistry Department

Nominations are open throughout the year.

  • E&H in the City routinely involves more than 60 volunteers. (From Abingdon’s event in 2017.)

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