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2011 Alumni Awards announced

NCWC announces Alumni Awards at Celebration of Excellence

Rocky Mount, N.C.—More than 100 alumni and friends of NC Wesleyan College gathered on Saturday October 29 for dinner and the annual Celebration of Excellence held during the recent Homecoming Weekend.  President James A. Gray, III welcomed the group and presided over the festive evening.

Following the meal, Director of Development Eddie Coats took the podium to introduce the Alumni Awards presentations.  These prestigious awards are presented to honor Wesleyan College alumni, who have made significant contributions to their communities.  This year’s distinguished recipients were Jacquelyn Lewis Deloach and Lynwood Roberson.

Coats said, “Wesleyan picked two winners when they selected Lynwood and Jacquelyn this year.  I have known each of them for many years and am proud of them for their many contributions to society.  I am thankful they are part of the Wesleyan family and look forward to their future involvement and contributions to our college and the community.”

Jacquelyn Lewis Deloach from the Class of 2007 received the Alumni Achievement Award, which is given to alumni within 10 years of graduation.  Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude with the Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing, she continued her distinguished career with RBC Bank (USA) where she manages Community Reinvestment and Development Programs.  Deloach earned her degree through the Aspire Program, which is tailored for the schedules of working adults.

During her 10-year tenure with RBC Bank, Deloach garnered resources to teach financial literacy to over 8,000 students in 12 middle and high schools throughout the region.  She coordinated the work of 200 RBC employees during an 8-week volunteer effort to build a house in Rocky Mount through Habitat for Humanity and later coordinated similar efforts for two Habitat houses in Durham.   In 2002, she arranged the bank’s largest First-Time Home Buyers Workshop with over 150 people from the Rocky Mount area in attendance.

Prior to her work with RBC, Deloach worked for Hardee’s Food Systems in Public and Community Affairs.  In this role, she secured and distributed financial contributions in support of the region.  She worked on the company’s United Way campaign and served for 5 years as the chair of concessions for Nash County’s Relay for Life.

Deloach has always been involved in the community beyond her work responsibilities.  She has served on boards for My Sister’s House, Nashville Boys and Girls Club, the Wesleyan Dunn Center, and the Down East Vikings Classic.  She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, the City of Rocky Mount’s BBQ Throw Down Steering Committee, and has been an active volunteer in Junior Achievement for over 8 years.

Fondly called “Jackie” by her friends, this Nashville native married Steve Deloach of Rocky Mount earlier this year.  She is a member of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where as one might expect, she serves in several areas, including the Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry and the Homecoming Committee.

Lynwood Roberson received the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is reserved for individuals more than 10 years beyond graduation.  Roberson is a member of the Class of 1993, where he was selected for the Honors Program and the first class of the Johnston Fellows Leadership Scholars Program.

Upon graduation, this Nash County native and dedicated public servant opened the Rocky Mount office of the Mediation Center of Eastern NC and established a pilot of the Criminal and Juvenile Court Mediation Program in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties.

In 1998, Roberson went to work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash and Edgecombe Counties as a site director.  He advanced to serve as the Director of Marketing and Development over 5 units and an organizational budget of over $1 million in annual revenue.

In 2004, Roberson became the Executive Director of the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC) and three years later was promoted to Regional Chief Executive Officer.  He is responsible for 8 ARC Chapters that provide service in 28 eastern North Carolina counties.  His area encompasses 90% of the Carolina coastline and serves 1.2 million people.

Under Roberson’s leadership, the ARC has improved its operations and responded to numerous disasters, including the April 2011 tornados and Hurricane Irene in September that devastated the region.  During these crises, Roberson’s Red Cross team operated over 50 shelters giving safe haven to over 5,000 residents and generated over $2.5 million toward recovery efforts.

Lynwood Roberson is happily married and bursts with pride when speaking about his wife of 11 years, Paisley and their sons, Lynwood Wright (7) and Noah Griffin (2).   He said, “The best title and job I will ever have is being a dad!”

Since the first class of students received diplomas from NC Wesleyan College in 1964, more than 10,000 graduates have joined the ranks of the loyal alumni, who were invited to the Homecoming Weekend events.  The festivities included many opportunities for classmates to reconnect and reminisce, as well as, activities for alums of all ages and interests to enjoy.