ABA’s 2009 National Diversity Summit,
Wynn has been lauded repeatedly by professional organizations for his extracurricular service.
As a student, he rushed through his
undergraduate degree in three years, taking
time to write for The Black Ink, before
immediately starting his law degree at
Marquette University in Wisconsin. Later,
he earned a master’s degree in law from
the University of Virginia. And through it
all, he’s been active in the Navy Reserve.
He’ll retire from the Navy once he reaches
his 30-year milestone this year.
Ashby said she came by her teaching
gifts honestly — both of her parents were
teachers, “and I still call my mom to ask
her grammar questions.”
The Gordon and Bowman Gray
Distinguished Term Professor of chemistry,
Ashby has received many teaching honors
over the years. She remains a popular
teacher, even though she sets the bar high
for her students. Beyond the academics, she
teaches students how to thrive, even when
their achievements fall short of their goals.
She is known for pushing her students
until they find where their talents lie.
The former director of undergraduate
studies, Ashby serves as director of the
Summer Pre-Graduate Research
Experience that encourages minorities to
pursue doctorates. She is a member of the
faculty executive committee and the faculty council.
“Many people here have shown me
how to live a good life,” she said. “It’s hard
not to be inspired to teach when I’ve been
mentored by the wonderful people here.”
Archie Ervin ’ 99 (PhD) introduced
Knowling and acknowledged her energy
and skill, saying she “made the 40th
anniversary of the Black Student
Movement last year happen.”
Knowling, an exercise and sports science
major, has had a hand in many of the programs that benefit students and alumni. As
director of the Tar Heel Kids and Teen
Camps, she hired and trained counselors,
developed a budget, planned schedules and
communicated with counselors, campers,
parents and the GAA. She improved the
training tutorial for the Memorial Hall
box office staff and served as a summer
intern for the Service Over Self youth volunteer program in South Carolina.
Having lost her mother in high school,
Knowling thanked her family for “making
me who I am.” Then she thanked the
alumni for “paving the road.”
“You can be proud of the soon-to-be
alumni,” she promised.
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ONLINE: To see a list of past Beech Award
winners, visit alumni.unc.edu/awards.
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year just days after the
election, celebrates the
achievements of African-Americans, and alumni
came wearing fashions
and showing off other
memorabilia to mark the
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