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Award Winners

We could not carry out our mission without our alumni chapters. That’s why we celebrate our most active and committed chapters during our annual Big Orange Awards Bash during Volunteer Leadership Weekend each spring. Every chapter has the opportunity to be recognized as an outstanding or accomplished alumni chapter based on their activities for the calendar year.

2016 Award Winners

Outstanding Chapter Award

  • Central Florida
  • Charleston, SC
  • Southern Middle TN
  • West Palm Beach

Accomplished Chapter Award

  • Atlanta
  • Central Savannah River Area (CSRA)
  • Columbia
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Dyersburg, TN
  • Houston
  • Knoxville
  • Nashville Region
  • Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
  • North Atlanta
  • Phoenix
  • Seattle
  • Sullivan County
  • Tampa Bay
  • Washington, DC

Best Use of Social Media

  • Atlanta

Most Unique Event

  • Dyersburg, TN

Volunteer Voice Award

  • Charlotte Caperton-Kilburn (Charleston, SC Chapter)
  • Gary Rose (Alumni Board)
  • Tara Davis (Black Alumni Council)
  • Carolyn Davis (Young Alumni Council)

Volunteer Student Recruiters of the Year

  • Sue McPhillips (Houston Chapter)
  • Karen Wilson (Central Florida Chapter)
  • Katie Riley (Young Alumni Council)


2015 Award Winners

Outstanding Alumni Chapters

  • Atlanta
  • Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
  • Central Florida
  • Knoxville
  • Nashville
  • North Atlanta
  • Southern Middle Tennessee
  • West Palm Beach

Accomplished Alumni Chapters

  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Indianapolis
  • Tampa Bay
  • Columbia (SC)
  • Washington, DC

Most Original Event

  • Huntsville (AL) Chapter, for its “Racing Rivals Triathlon,” which pit UT alumni against alumni from Alabama and Auburn.

Best Use of Social Media and Marketing

  • Washington, DC Chapter, Katie Ryan
    The Washington, DC chapter showed strong support during the VOLstarter Be-A-Hero campaign. Chapter leaders posted pictures in front of the White House and all across DC using the hashtag BeAUThero. They had more champions for this campaign than any other chapter.