Catawba College To Hold Alumni Awards Ceremony
October 9, 2019
Catawba College Alumni Association has named recipients of its 2019 Alumni Awards to be presented at a ceremony during Homecoming Weekend Oct. 25-27.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Recipients include: George M. Moss Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Class of '64, Distinguished Alumni Award for Service; Raymond Daniels of Lexington, KY, Class of '91, Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement; Joshua Paul Owen of Knightdale, Class of '13, Young Alumni Service Award; and Kendrick Terrell Mayes of Greensboro, Class of '12, Young Alumni Career Development Award.
O.B. Michael Award
The Alumni Association has also selected a Woodleaf couple, William "Bill," Class of '76, and Margaret "Peggy" Kivett Godley, Class of '77, as recipients of the O.B. Michael Award. The O.B. Michael award is given annually by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in memory of the Rev. O.B. Michael, Class of 1919. The award is presented to a member of the Alumni Association who has made a valuable contribution to the College and/or to society, and is presented by the college president.
The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the 10 a.m. Homecoming Brunch at Goodman Gymnasium, Abernethy Physical Education Center, on campus.
Moss is receiving the Distinguished Service Award, given in recognition of extraordinary service to his community and demonstrated leadership to the College. He retired after 30 years as a U.S. Naval Captain and is also a retired airline pilot, serving with Eastern, Pan AM II, Kiwi, Air South, Eastwind, Air Cargo, and Capital Cargo. He is a member of Coronado United Methodist Church, where he serves on Endowment and Scholarship committees. He is a volunteer with the Alpha Program of the Salvation Army, is a mentor at New Smyrna Beach middle and high schools, and is a sailing instructor at the Smyrna Yacht Club. He has been a donor to Catawba since graduating in 1964 and has supported endowed scholarships, building projects such as Shuford Stadium, Goodman Gym, Whitley Softball Stadium, and the soccer field. He is a long-time Alumni Ambassador for Catawba Admissions, representing Catawba at Florida college fairs for 18 years, attending approximately 125 events. He is married to Doris E. Moss, and he has two sons, Gavin and Terek, and four grandchildren, Gannon, Garrison, Kayden and Landon.
Daniels is receiving the Career Achievement Award, given for leadership or attained recognition on a national or regional level within a profession or business. He is self-employed at Lexidan Foods in Lexington, KY. He is vice chairman of the Fayette County Public Schools, board chair of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Kentucky Technical and Community College System, where he has been honored for leadership. He and his wife, Tiffany, have two children, Evan and Alana. He has received the Urban League of Central Kentucky Service Award.
Owen is receiving the Young Alumni Service Award, given to a Catawba graduate, who earned his/her degree within the past 10 years, in recognition of exceptional service to the college and/or community. He is a commercial sales manager of Prosource Fitness Equipment, Greensboro. He is the founder and operator of Winter Warmth for Homeless Veterans and volunteers with Backpack Beginnings, Second Harvest Food Bank, Piedmont Triad Apartment Association Food Drive and the N.C. Special Olympics. He has been the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association Supplier Volunteer of the Year for three years. He and his wife, Kaitlyn, have a daughter, Everly.
Mayes is receiving the Young Alumni Career Development Award, given to a Catawba graduate who earned his/her degree within the past 10 years and has quickly developed success in a career field. He received a Master of Science degree from North Carolina Central University and is employed by the City of Greensboro as Special Events Coordinator. He volunteers with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro's Expanding Community Giving Board, the Catawba College Alumni Board of Directors, and Junior Achievement of the Triad. He is a mentor with Grand Magnolias of North Carolina Beautillion. At Catawba, he was senior class president, a dean's list student, a member of Phi Epsilion Honor Society, the Order of the Blue and White Men's Honor Society, and the Alpha Mentoring Program, president and treasurer of the PE Majors Club, and a member of the Catawba Conference Championship football team (2007). As a student, he received the Paul Fisher volunteer Service Award. Mayes has received numerous awards from the North Carolina and National Recreation and Park associations, where he was chosen Young Professional Extern in 2017.
Bill and Peggy Godley are owners/operators of Godley's Garden Center and Nursery, Inc. of Salisbury. The Godleys are active alumni who regularly give back through campus beautification and funding for special needs projects at Catawba. In addition, both are supporters of Rowan Helping Ministries, the West Rowan Bible Teachers Association, the Novant Wallace Cancer Center, the Bell Tower Green Park, and the Rowan County United Way. They are 25-year supporters of the Rowan Little League. The Godleys are also active members of Enon Baptist Church.
Bill Godley has been recognized by The Lions Club as Man of the Year and he is a member of the Catawba Chiefs Club Executive Board and the Woodleaf Civitan Club, where he has been Honor Club president. Professionally, he is a member of the North Carolina Landscape and Irrigation Contractors Association and is a licensed certified pesticide applicator. He has previously received the distinguished alumnus Award from Catawba College.
Peggy Godley, retired, is a member of the Catawba Chiefs Club.
The Godleys have three children, Sara, Mary and William III, and two grandsons, Henry and John.
Cost for the Alumni Awards ceremony and brunch is $15/person. Children under 6 and members of Catawba's Class of 1969 are free. Registration is available through the Homecoming Weekend registration form.