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Year of the UNA Woman Highlighted In 2021 Homecoming Award Recipients

Sep. 16, 2021

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, AL - The Year of the UNA Woman, a celebration of 150 years of admitting women to the institution, is at the forefront of this year’s Homecoming award winners, according to officials at the University of North Alabama.

"This year marks a special time in our University’s history, and it was a time for us to recognize and honor the women who have shaped UNA’s past and will shape its future," said Justin "Bishop" Alexander, Director of Alumni Relations. "Our all-female spate of winners represent almost each of our five Colleges and are outstanding examples of the success that many of our alumnae enjoy."

This year’s winners, who will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony Oct. 15, are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Ann Berry '78, of Bowie, Md., graduated with a degree in Secondary Education.
  • Alumni of the Year: Dr. Stephanie Wagoner Teichmiller '84, of Decatur, graduated with a Biology degree.

  • Friend of the University: Megan Lovelace Dye, of Florence.

  • Military Service: LaConger Cochran Shelton '85, of Edwards, Calif., graduated with a Business Administration degree.

  • Young Alumni: Rachel Wammack Purcell '16, of Nashville, graduated with an English degree.

  • Faculty Alumni Service: Dr. Pat Sanders '82, of Muscle Shoals, graduated with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film.

  • Staff Alumni Service: Sheena Burgreen '07, of Tuscumbia, graduated with a Nursing and Community Development degree.

  • Public Service: Candace Strait '95, of Florence, graduated with a Social Work degree.

  • Educator of the Year:

    • K-12 - Janice Curtis '83, of Florence, graduated with an Education degree. 

    • Higher Education - Dr. Stefanie Haeffele-Balch '07, of Washington, D.C., graduated with an Economics and Finance degree.

  • Community Service: Dr. Felice Green '72, of Tuscumbia, graduated with her Master’s in Education Reading Specialization.

Registration for participation in Homecoming, including the annual parade, is open, and alumni and friends of the University are encouraged to visit this link for details, ticket purchases, and more about the events scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.


About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/