Top Alumnae Awards presented at Salem College Reunion Weekend

Top Alumnae Awards presented at Salem College Reunion Weekend

April 28, 2014

Three Salem College alums were recognized during the 128th Annual Meeting of the Salem College Alumnae Association. Pam Hardison Braxton, Alumnae Awards Chair and member of the class of 1971, presented the awards on behalf of the Alumnae Board.

Susan Shore Schwartz, class of 1969, earned this year’s Distinguished Alumna Award. This award recognizes a Salem alumna’s achievements in volunteer service and/or professional distinctions. While at Salem, Schwartz studied English and Sociology and following graduation, owned a gift shop business and worked as a project director before taking an Executive Director position at Piedmont Triad Horizons. Since the early 1990s, she has facilitated the work of multiple non-profit foundations, creating strategies for fundraising, communications and program development. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cemala Family Foundation. She is a 2009 recipient of the Ed Kitchen Leadership Award from Downtown Greensboro, Inc., and a 2011 award recipient of the O. Henry Award from the Untied Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and the Greensboro Partnership.

Julie Barton, Salem College class of 1974, was this year’s recipient of the Alumna Service Award. This award recognizes a Salem graduate’s outstanding service to Salem College through leadership, student recruitment, alumna club leadership, and other activities. Barton has been a Class Correspondent for twenty years, encouraging her fellow classmates to stay involved in the college alumnae network each year. In 2004, she joined the Alumnae Board as a regional representative for South Carolina and in 2007 she became the 47th Alumnae Association President. That same year, she organized the inaugural Gramley Upstate Reception for alumnae living in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson, South Carolina. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Salem College and is currently serving a second tenure on the Board of Visitors.

Adrienne Amos Livengood, member of the class of 2009, received the Young Alumna Award. This award recognizes a Salem alumna, who within 15 years of her graduation, exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities, through professional and/or volunteer service. During her time at Salem, Livengood studied Psychology and Elementary Education as a student in the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education. For multiple semesters as a student and after graduation, she served as a research assistant and a teaching assistant, researching lab equipment, updating the protocol for lab reports, managing the schedule for lab meetings, and teaching select courses. Livengood currently serves on the Salem College Alumnae Board and recently established the Wise Women Excellence Fund to provide support and student scholarships for adults students enrolled at Salem College.


We congratulate our Alumnae Award winners and are grateful for their service and dedication to Salem and their communities.


Published on April 28, 2014