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Award Recipients
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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to up to four Stetson University alumni who, through outstanding achievement in their lives and professions, have brought distinction and special recognition to Stetson University.

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*- Now Deceased

2021

Shaundra Kellam Lewis '95

Shaundra graduated from Stetson University in 1995 with a degree in English. She was active in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first intercollegiate historically African American sorority; was a student government representative; and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, graduating with honors. She served as vice president of the African American Student Association and was a FOCUS advisor. Continuing her education at St. Thomas University School of Law, Shaundra earned her J.D. in 1998, and graduated in the top 5% of her class.

Beginning her law career with the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, Shaundra was an Assistant Public Defender until 2001. She then moved to Atlanta to work as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2005 she joined the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Springfield, Illinois as an Appellate Staff Attorney and in 2007 she joined the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center as an Assistant Clinical Law Professor of Legal Research & Writing. Shaundra accepted a position in 2010 with the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University as an Assistant Professor of Law, and after 4 years, she became an Associate Professor of Law. She became a full Professor of Law in 2018. In addition to teaching courses in Lawyering Process, Appellate Litigation, and Criminal Law, she is also a frequent speaker on higher education issues, as well as firearms.

Thomas Rebman, MEd '11

Mr. Rebman is currently a 7th Grade Civics Teacher at Odyssey Jr./Sr. High School in Palm Bay, Florida. He is responsible for 200 students daily (he teaches 6 days a week). During his off time, he is our cities' Homeless Advocate. In the last 12 months he established Palm Bay's First Cold Night Shelter for the Homeless. He designed it, raised all the money for 5 years of operation and gained the political will for approval. He also has established "Delivering Hope" which is a feeding program for the city’s homeless camps. It is a Faith Based Organization that provides meals twice a week to people living on the streets.

He has won the MyNews 13 Everyday Hero Award two times (2016 and 2018), the News 6 Making A Difference Award (2018), and was one of three WINNERS for the 2017 Florida Today Citizen of the Year.

In 2017/2018 he assisted the community of South Bend, Indiana. He spent 8 days conducting homeless solutions workshops. He met with all Community Stakeholders, Faith Based Leaders, Government Officials and Non-Profit Service Agencies to educate them on how to reduce homelessness and use best practices and measurable outcomes.

Mr. Rebman has been responsible for the City of Palm Bay conducting 3 City workshops on homelessness in the past year. He is a Community Activist that get results!

He also believes in engaging his students in the local political process. He regularly attends Palm Bay City Council meetings with 40 or more of his students.

 

 

Past Award Recipients

  • 2020 - Steven Alexander '85
  • 2020 - Kimberly Bonner '86
  • 2020 - Yvonne Chang, MBA '09
  • 2019 - Gino Santos '82
  • 2018 - Andrew Daire '91, MS '93
  • 2018 - Pamela Epting '86
  • 2017 - Julia Nesheiwat '97
  • 2017 - Charles A. Wolfe '85
  • 2016 - Leopoldo "Leo" Pujals '73
  • 2015 - Alethea Bonello '98
  • 2015 - Todd DuBosq '01
  • 2015 - Robert L. Moore '63
  • 2014 - Nsaa-lya Kihunrwa, MBA '03
  • 2014 - Anne Greene Solomon '63
  • 2013 - H. Frank Farmer '64
  • 2013 - Kaye Wachsmuth '66
  • 2012 - Chris K. Brigham '77
  • 2012 - Richard W. Cheston '79
  • 2012 - Shirrel Rhoades '64
  • 2011 - V. Inez Archibald, MA '85
  • 2011 - Laurette T. Koellner, MBA '80
  • 2011 - Jim Shore '77, JD '80
  • 2010 - Jane E. Eckert '70
  • 2010 - Lewis M. Kling, MBA '71
  • 2010 - Michael H. Yeargan '69
  • 2009 - William C. Gaventa, Jr. '69
  • 2009 - Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller '61
  • 2008 - F. Amos Bailey '79
  • 2008 - Shephard W. Hill '75
  • 2008 - James W. Lea '64, MA '65
  • 2007 - Emory E. "Pete" Dunn '72
  • 2007 - George C. Edwards III '69
  • 2007 - Timothy O. Olagbemiro '71
  • 2006 - Angelita S. Floyd '74
  • 2006 - Robin Marino '76
  • 2006 - David S. Marsh '75
  • 2006 - Joe Negron '83
  • 2005 - Cesar Gonzmart '41
  • 2005 - Lois Thacker Graessle '39
  • 2005 - R. Dean Hollis '82
  • 2005 - Jon D. Solomon, MBA '90
  • 2005 - Bingham L. Vick '66
  • 2004 - Bruce Berkowitz '76
  • 2004 - J. Craig Crawford '78, JD '81
  • 2004 - Amy Horton ''77
  • 2004 - Carroll E. Lewis '53
  • 2004 - William J. Schneider '66
  • 2003 -J. Barry Griswell, MBA '72
  • 2003 - Lawrence R. Johnston '72
  • 2003 - Willa Dean Lowery '48
  • 2002 - Gwendolyn Azama-Edwards '70, MA '83
  • 2002 - Jill K. Jinks '79
  • 2002 - Elizabeth Walker Mechling '67
  • 2002 - Jay E. Mechling '67
  • 2002 - James Nemec '32, LLB '36*
  • 2001 - M. Lisa Carlton '86
  • 2001 - Elizabeth Bergin Johns '62
  • 2001 - Richard W. Pearce '55, JD '55, MA '57
  • 2001 - Nancy Naylor Rue '73
  • 2000 - William Clay Henderson '77
  • 2000 - Joseph W. Landers, Jr. '64, JD '70
  • 2000 - George H. Shriver '53
  • 1999 - Diane M. Disney '63
  • 1999 - M. Jean Greenlaw '62, MA '65
  • 1999 - William T. Newsome III '74
  • 1998 - William L. Cypress '65
  • 1998 - Edward C. Furlong, Jr. '38, MA '41, Hon. '83*
  • 1998 - Mel H. Gregory '58
  • 1998 - David B. Rinker '62
  • 1998 - Leighan Roberts Rinker '65
  • 1997 - Wendy Harmer Baldwin '67
  • 1997 - Lee R. Cole '67
  • 1997 - Milton O. Jones '55
  • 1997 - George Winston '71
  • 1996 - Leroy K. New '42
  • 1996 - William J. Roberts '53, MA '57, LLB '58
  • 1995 - A. Dano Davis '68, Hon. '90
  • 1995 - Herbert E. Phillips '36
  • 1995 - Arthur P. Sullivan '62
  • 1995 - Teruo Tanaka, MA '59
  • 1994 - J. Ollie Edmunds '25*
  • 1994 - Bruce R. Jacob, JD '59
  • 1994 - Kenneth P. Kirchman '58, Hon. '80
  • 1993 - J. Kermit Coble '53
  • 1993 - William D. Jones '51*
  • 1993 - M. Lee McGraw '79
  • 1993 - Dennis C. McNamara '44, Hon. '82, Hon. '86
  • 1992 - Jean F. Dickman '50
  • 1992 - Joseph J. Master '58, MA '58, Hon. '95
  • 1992 - Carolyn Miller Parr '59, Hon. '86
  • 1992 - W. Morgan Patterson '50, Hon. 79
  • 1991 - J. Wendell Crysel '59
  • 1991 - Helen Quincy Woodard '20*
  • 1990 - Frances Rutledge Hand '49
  • 1990 - Murray Sams '49, Hon. '83
  • 1989 - Vanita M. Baldwin '48, Hon. '90
  • 1989 - George R. Borders '61
  • 1989 - Craig T. James '63, JD '67
  • 1989 - Louie L. Wilkinson '48
  • 1988 - Jon L. Mills '69, Hon. '86
  • 1988 - James C. Smith, JD '67, Hon. '86
  • 1986 - Judith M. Dixon '74
  • 1986 - E. Everette Huskey '48
  • 1985 - Thomas P. Prince '67
  • 1985 - Jack D. Woodall '58
  • 1985 - Shelly Crittendon Zwick '63
  • 1984 - Charles B. Bugg '65
  • 1984 - Chris F. Hasty '70
  • 1984 - Lana Jane Lewis-Brent '68
  • 1984 - W. Harold Parham '49
  • 1984 - E. Clay Shaw '61, JD '66, Hon. '02
  • 1983 - Richard A. Beauchamp '63
  • 1983 - Joseph B. Folds, Sr. '37*
  • 1983 - Cecil W. Holley '54
  • 1983 - Barbara Deveaux Holmes '69, MEd '72, Hon. '91
  • 1983 - Howard S. Warner '33*
  • 1982 - Mary Allgaier Dunn, MA '59
  • 1982 - Harry E. Gaylord '36*
  • 1982 - Mark C. Hollis '56, Hon. '89
  • 1982 - Mary McCollough Mauldin '61
  • 1982 - Earnest W. Murphy, Jr. '54, Hon. '94
  • 1982 - R. Grady Snowden, Sr. '29, Hon. '96*
  • 1981 - E. Ross Allen '29
  • 1981 - Jacquelyn Hogue Gentry '58
  • 1981 - David P. Houchens '59
  • 1981 - David B. Legters '31
  • 1981 - Richard D. Pope, Sr. '24
  • 1981 - William A. Watson '59
  • 1981 - Pat T. Wilson '49
  • 1981 - Patricia Maxcy Wilson '47
  • 1980 - Thomas J. Deen, Jr. '48
  • 1980 - Mary Leary 1902
  • 1980 - D. Peter Mazur '52*
  • 1980 - Ernest A. Rano '35*
  • 1979 - James R. Golden '42
  • 1979 - Ralph F. Hansen '29
  • 1979 - Joseph T. Sutton '48
  • 1978 -  Cecil C. Bailey '27, Hon. '78*
  • 1978 -  Carl M. Kuttler, Jr., JD '65
  • 1978 -  Clyde C. McCully '49
  • 1978 - W. Ret Turner '50
  • 1977 - Barbara Rowe, MA '42
  • 1977 - Etter McTeer Turner '35, MA '36, Hon. '83*
  • 1976 - Clarabel Brandon Jett '32*
  • 1976 - William C. Kaleel '56, LLB '59
  • 1976 - Jan J. Wieckowski '50, MA '51
  • 1975 - Thomas R. Horton '49, Hon. '82
  • 1974 - Fran Stewart Carlton '58
  • 1974 - Vassar B. Carlton '37, Hon. '84
  • 1974 - Cartha D. DeLoach '42, Hon. '66
  • 1974 - Harris P. Gravely '44
  • 1974 - Edward B. Henderson '27, MS '28
  • 1974 - Wm. Amory Underhill '36, Hon. '69*
  • 1973 - Priscilla Kauth Griffith, MA '63
  • 1973 - John C. Howell '49, Hon. '79
  • 1973 - Sara Staff Jernigan '35, MA '37
  • 1972 - Grady Crawford '39
  • 1972 - Morris Duane '27, Hon. '65*
  • 1972 - J. Thomas Smith '28
  • 1971 - Walter Auffenberg '51
  • 1971 - Richard T. Dillon, JD '57
  • 1971 - Raymond G. Dunne '53, MA '57*
  • 1971 - David W. Marcell '58
  • 1971 - Ronald S. Spencer '51
  • 1971 - Redden J. Thames '58
  • 1970 - Max Cleland '64, Hon. '77
  • 1970 - Elizabeth A. Kovachevich '61
  • 1969 - Robert E. Jagger '58