Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes a UNCG employee who demonstrates a strong sense of Spartan pride, serves as a mentor to others and is committed to providing quality service to all members of the UNCG community as “Mr. or Ms. Homecoming.”
Dr. Cherry Callahan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, has been named Ms. Homecoming 2015.
Callahan is a UNCG alumna herself, having earned her BA in sociology in 1971 and her Ph.D. in child development and family relations in 1987. She also holds an MA in counseling from UNC Chapel Hill. Cherry has been in Student Affairs at UNCG for more than 35 years and, in the words of one of her nominators, “is the face of Student Affairs, and everyone knows her. She is a true advocate for students and truly loves UNC Greensboro.” Other remarks included:
“She has created a culture of care for students. Students love her and know that she is someone they can go to for many different reasons.”
“She goes beyond the call of duty as a professional, alumni, community member and colleague. She has an extremely strong sense of pride in UNCG.”
“Cherry is a supporter of all things UNCG. To know Cherry is to love her. UNCG is her life and it is in her blood.”
“Cherry is a walking historical encyclopedia of UNCG. She can tell you stories about our students, faculty, staff, buildings and programs. Cherry not only cherishes UNCG history, she is committed to its future, working hard every day to make students’ experience the best it can be.”
Earlier this month, Alumni Association Chairman Jeff Collins and members of the Office of Alumni Engagement surprised her during the Student Affairs directors’ meeting, presenting her with balloons, flowers, and a proclamation of her title as “Ms. Homecoming 2015.” They were joined by Cherry’s husband Mike (also a ’71, ’72 UNCG grad) and their daughter Kathleen.
Full story at UNCG Alumni Association web site.