FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama has announced the winners of the annual Homecoming awards with the event scheduled to take place October 29-31.

“This is an exceptional group of individuals we’re honoring this year,” said Justin “Bishop” Alexander, the Director of Alumni Relations at UNA. 

“Our committees worked earlier this summer to select those who best embody each of the awards, and the list speaks volumes of the caliber of UNA’s alumni and friends.”

The winners are:

• Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Dr. Robert L. Potts, of Florence.

• Alumni of the Year Award: Tyrone Jerrell Dennis, of Lithona, GA, graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology.

• Friend of the University: UNA Police Officer Gregory M. Kirby and K9 Toby, of Killen.

• Military Service Award: Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joerle “JB” Blaine Blackman, of Fayetteville, GA, graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing.

• Faculty/Staff Alumni Service Award: 

LeRoy “Lee” Franklin Brownell Jr. of Phil Campbell, graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education; he also has a Master of Arts in Education in Counseling P-12.

• Community Service Award: Sonja Redonna Croone of Florence, graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work.

• Educator of the Year Award: Ana Carolina “Carol” Behel of Florence, graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, German 7-12 and Spanish 7-12.

• Public Service Award: Casey Jerome Eggleston of Tuscumbia, graduated in 1997 with a Master of Arts in Education, Counseling P-12.

• Young Alumni Award: Indigo Jade Shanice Fort of Muscle Shoals, graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and again in 2018 with a Master of Arts degree in Family Studies.

As a result of the pandemic, a modified Homecoming schedule will be released at a later date.