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Outstanding alumni award recipients to be honored

Homecoming 2007 at Austin Peay State University will celebrate the service and commitment APSU alumni and community leaders have devoted to the University.

The annual Alumni Awards Brunch will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. Advance registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 19, and cost to attend is $25 per person.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact the Alumni Office by telephone at (931) 221-7979.

Here are the 2007 award recipients:

Outstanding Service
Ann Ross Homecoming 2007 at Austin Peay State University will celebrate the service and commitment APSU alumni and community leaders have devoted to the University.

The annual Alumni Awards Brunch will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. Advance registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 19, and cost to attend is $25 per person.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact the Alumni Office by telephone at (931) 221-7979.

Here are the 2007 award recipients:

Outstanding Service
Ann Ross
The manager of APSU's book and supply store for 30 years, Ann Ross was a leader in her profession, as indicated by her numerous terms as president of the Tennessee Association of College Stores (TACS) and repeated selection as TACS Manager of the Year before retiring.

And her dedication to Austin Peay is just as commendable. In 2002, Ross served as chair of Austin Peay's first capital campaign. Under her leadership, the original goal of $15 million was surpassed almost before the campaign was announced to the public.

Also, in that campaign, she was among the first to make a generous gift to APSU. Besides including the University in her estate plan, Ross made a gift to APSU that enabled her to name a lecture room and laboratory in the Sundquist Science Complex in memory of her daughter, Evelyn Ross Hinson, who passed away in 2000.

She also established endowed scholarships in memory of Evelyn and Ross' late husband, Neil, a longtime member of the APSU mathematics faculty. Her gifts make it possible for several mathematics and biology students to attend APSU.

Outstanding Service
Steve Williard ('78)
For almost a quarter of a century, Steve Williard has announced at more than 460 games for much of APSU's men's and women's athletic teams.

This fall, Williard, Goodlettsville, began his 25th season this fall as public address announcer for Governors basketball, having done so for 332 games. Also, he started his 24th season with Govs football, in which his voice has been heard at 117 games.

Austin Peay games aren't the only venues to hear Williard, a Govs baseball player from 1977-78. He can be heard at various games for Vanderbilt University's baseball and women's basketball teams.

And this year, he announced at the NCAA Nashville Baseball Region Tournament as well as the Nashville Sounds Baseball AAA Tournament. In 1998, for one season, Williard announced for the Clarksville Coyotes A Baseball team.

In addition to serving as PA announcer, Williard is manager of a contract yard in Nashville for Pro Build Co.

Williard is a member of the board of directors for the Goodlettsville Dixie Youth Baseball League, for which he was president from 1998-2004.

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Tim Fox ('90)
Former Govs pitcher Tim Fox is director of medical physics for three clinical facilities affiliated with Emory University's Department of Radiation Oncology as well as for Atlanta's Veterans Administration Hospital.

In Emory's School of Medicine, Fox is an associate professor of radiation oncology and director of both the Division of Medical Physics and Division of Computational Research and Informatics in the department of radiation oncology.

Since working at Emory, Fox has pushed himself to achieve just as he did at APSU. During 1994-2000, he developed a treatment-planning software system that enabled him to aim a radiation beam precisely where he wanted for better cancer treatment. His unique background in both physics and computer technology made it possible to create a treatment-planning system that enabled radiologists to treat a brain tumor via a precise radiation treatment method called radiosurgery or bloodless brain surgery.

He also is an adjunct associate professor of nuclear engineering in the medical physics program of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Michael Swift ('05)
Michael Swift, Memphis, recently launched a real estate appraisal service after retiring with a career-ending injury in his fifth season of professional football.

Swift played two years of high school football before earning a full paid scholarship to Austin Peay. After a key injury to the secondary in the first game of the season opener, Swift was given the starting free safety position with fellow teammate Jeff Gooch.

As the season continued, Swift took over the position full time and lettered four years with his first season as a true freshman starter. His sophomore season, Swift earned All—Ohio Valley Conference honors on the field as well as academic honors for his work in the classroom.

In his senior season, Swift was one of four members of Austin Peay's starting secondary to enter the NFL. He played for four seasons with the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers before retiring.

Before beginning Swift Appraisal Service, Swift was director of sales and co-owner of Trinity Technologies Inc., where he developed business strategies that helped the company to double its customer base.

Outstanding Alumnus
Howard Roddy ('71)
Howard W. Roddy is vice president of advocacy and healthy communities at Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga. He joined the company in July 1998, bringing extensive management and leadership skills combined with years of experience in developing community partnerships.

In his position, he oversees advocacy and diversity. He also serves as the company's liaison for many hospital and community partnership initiatives, including Project Access, the Step ONE Initiative to Optimize Health through Nutrition and Exercise and Healthy Memorial.

Before joining Memorial, Roddy was administrator of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department for 17 years. He was responsible to the Hamilton County mayor for the operation of the health department and its divisions.

After earning a B.S. in chemistry from Austin Peay, Roddy received an M.S. in environmental health administration in 1974 from East Tennessee State University. In 2000, he was conferred a Fellow in Creating Healthier Communities by Health Forum, a division of the American Hospital Association.

Active in the Tennessee Hospital Association, Roddy was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen in 2004 to a six-year term on the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Outstanding Alumna
Pat Goolsby-Gregory ('76)

With 25 years of manufacturing experience, Pat Goolsby-Gregory was recruited from Austin Peay to join Peterbilt Motors in Nashville as one of the first females in a manufacturing role. She has enjoyed a successful career with various companies such as Gibson Guitar and most recently with Dell Computers Inc.

At Dell, Goolsby-Gregory is senior operations manager. She has worked in various sites including the start-up of the Lebanon, Tenn., plant as well as site leader for Dell's largest and most advanced manufacturing facility in Winston Salem, N.C. She is helping with the transition of the returns and refurbishing plant from Austin, Texas, to the Lebanon facility.

Following that assignment, she will relocate to Austin as site leader for Dell's desktop facility, an award-winning factory that has been featured in national publications.

A supporter of the APSU Alumni Association, Goolsby-Gregory also is a volunteer on the Girl Scouts of America Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and Junior Diabetes Foundation.