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Alumni awards honor excellence

Oxford College honors our alumni and other members of our community for their outstanding leadership, dedication, loyalty, and service.

Please consider nominating someone for the various Oxford College Alumni Board and Oxford Board of Counselors awards. Submit your nominations online.

2018-19 Alumni Awards Recipients


R. Carl Chandler Award

Zoe Hicks

2018 R. Carl Chandler Award

The R. Carl Chandler Award for a Lifetime of Leadership through Service to Oxford College is given each year to a person that exemplifies leadership, service, and dedication to Oxford College.

Zoe Hicks 63Ox 65C 76L 83L

Zoe Hicks received her AB, JD, and LLM (Master of Laws in Taxation) degrees from Emory University. She practiced tax and estate planning law for over thirty years, speaking and writing on tax and estate planning topics to lay and professional groups, before moving into inspirational speaking and writing.

Hicks is the author of four inspirational books: Dream Catcher, The Power of Faith; Abundant Living; Dancing in the Rain, Finding Strength to Survive and Grace to Thrive in the Storms of Life and The Money River, Navigating Your Finances With a Compass of Faith.

She has written numerous articles which have been published in Christian magazines including Prayer Connect, The Upper Room, and Spirit Led Woman. She is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Georgia Speakers Association and serves as a board member of several charitable organizations.

Hicks received The Greater Good Award in 2008, given to a professional in Georgia who has done the most to promote charitable giving in the state. In 2011 she received The Emory University Unsung Heroine Award, given to an alumna who has worked to make a better world. She was the 2012 Commencement speaker for Oxford College and the winner of the essay contest sponsored by Emory Magazine in 2011 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Emory University’s founding. In 2016 she received the Champion for Change Award from the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.

Hicks and her husband, Charles, established a foundation in 2006 — Encouragement Unlimited, Inc. — to empower, equip, and encourage marginalized women to overcome and succeed. 

Past Recipients

2017Homer Sharp 59C
2016Fred L. Palmer 52Ox 57M 58MR 60MR
2015Trulock Dickson 72Ox 74C
2014Eugene Rackley 55Ox 58B
2013Mike McQuaide
2012*Pierce Cline 47Ox
2011Milt Gillespie 59Ox     
2010Hugh Tarbutton, Sr. 52Ox 55B
2009*Bill Murdy, Dean Emeritus     
2008Max Austin 61Ox 63C 69MR
2007Bill Norton 42Ox 48C 50L 
2006Bob Chappell 56Ox 58B 68B
2005Marvin Hardy, III 61Ox 63C 65L
2004Judy Greer, Professor Emerita 
2003Tommy Owens 59Ox 61C 65D 
2002Joe Edwards 54Ox 56B 58B 
2001John and *Sara Gregory   
2000*Marshall and *Fran Elizer   
1999*Bond Fleming 33C 36T, Dean Emeritus
1998*Dean Minor 38Ox 40C   
1997Clifford Bell 46Ox 50C  

*Deceased

Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

Khatdija Meghjani

2018 Outstanding Young Alumna Award

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives this award to an Oxford alumnus/alumna who shows exceptional dedication, loyalty, and innovation in his or her service to Oxford. They are no more than twelve years out from their Oxford degree.

Khatdija Meghjani 12Ox 14C

Khatdija Meghjani was born in Hyderabad, India, and has gone on to become a writer, activist, and globetrotter. She envisions a world where pursuing social justice causes is considered a social norm and has set out to make that possible through her college and professional career.

During her time at Oxford, Meghjani created the Red Lips Project, a campus campaign that empowered young women around issues of self-worth, using group meetings “as a means to heal and share a space that allowed women to be themselves.” In 2012 she served as a Student Marshal. At the conclusion of her tenure at Oxford College, she received the Virgil Y.C. Eady Sophomore Service Award at Oxford’s commencement and went on to receive Emory College's Humanitarian of the Year Award upon her graduation in 2014. Meghjani currently serves on the Oxford College Alumni Board. 

Meghjani is a senior producer at World50, where she curates and orchestrates private and high-profile summits for C-Suite executives from Global 1000 companies. Prior to joining World50, she was a strategist at BrightHouse, a BCG company. She has worked with clients across a diverse portfolio to excavate and better live their company’s purpose. Meghjani has also lived abroad in Mombasa, Kenya, and served as an Academy Fellow for the Aga Khan Development Network where she worked with 143 students and raised approximately $8 million in scholarships and sponsorships for low-income students.

Past Recipients

2017Safiya Jetha 07Ox 09C
2016Will Canon 11Ox 13C

Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award

Christopher Arrendale

2018 William Norton Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives this award to an Oxford alumnus/alumna who has shown exceptional dedication, loyalty, and innovation in his or her service to Oxford.

Christopher Arrendale 99Ox 01C

Christopher Arrendale earned his degree in 1999 from Oxford College, a BA in both sociology and political science from Emory University in 2001, and an MS from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) in 2004. He maintains several professional certifications including Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPM, CIPT, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, FIP), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), as well as many marketing automation and email service provider certifications.

Known as an expert for problem solving skills in the email deliverability, privacy, and software realm with nearly two decades of experience, Arrendale continually speaks and writes about these topics, as well as consults on them. He is also the published author of “Deliverability Inferno: Helping Email Marketers Understand the Journey from Purgatory to Paradise,” which explains the art and science of deliverability.

Along with his wife, Amanda Arrendale, he established Crown IT Consulting in March 2013 and The Arrendale Group, LLC in July 2013, which conducted business as Inbox Pros. In September 2018, Inbox Pros was acquired by Trendline Interactive and Arrendale is now its Chief Privacy Officer.

A former Oxford Alumni Board president and dedicated Oxford alumnus, Arrendale was named to Emory’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of outstanding young alumni in 2017.

Past Recipients

2017Barbara J. Carter Rivers 65Ox
2016Chi Chi Okezie 98Ox 00C
2015Julie Nelson 95Ox 96C
2014Susan Gregory 77Ox 79C
2013Kip Hart 94Ox 96C
2012Tom Brodnax 65Ox 68C
2011Warren Brook 70Ox 72B
2010Joe Bartenfeld 64Ox 66C
2009Teresa Rivero 85Ox 87B 93PH
2008Paul Jackson 82Ox 84B
2007Marvin Hardy 61Ox 63C 65L
2006Joe Edwards 54Ox 56B 58B
2005Dan Ragsdale 59Ox
2004Mellie Davis 59Ox
2003William (Bill) Norton 42Ox 44C 50L
2002Art Vinson 66Ox 68C
2001Hugh Tarbutton 52Ox 55C
2000Dean Minor 38Ox 40C
1999Jim Bailey 67Ox 69C

Outstanding Teaching Award

Reza Saadein

2018 Outstanding Teaching Award

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives this award to an Oxford faculty member, past or present, who has imbued a love of learning, a mastery of the work, and a sense of community in the course of teaching at Oxford. 

Reza Saadein

Reza Saadein is currently associate professor of chemistry at Oxford College. Since 1987, Saadein has been teaching a variety of chemistry courses on both Emory's Oxford and Atlanta campuses. He was born in Shiraz, Iran, and received his BS and MS degrees in chemistry from Shiraz University. Soon after he finished his master's program, Saadein moved to the United States and received his PhD in organic chemistry from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

During his tenure, Saadein has been the advisor to the Muslim Student Association (MSA) since its inception in 1991 and the founder of the Chemistry Club (ChemOx) in 2000, which is registered with the American Chemical Society as an official chapter.

His service in this regard comes from his commitment to students and his belief in the value of science as an integral part of the mission of Oxford College. Saadein mentors numerous student research projects every year. These students are privileged to contribute to Saadein’s ongoing research on chemical compounds with anti-cancer properties.

Past Recipients

2017Ken Carter 87Ox 89C
2016Clark Lemons 74G 78PhD
2015Steve Henderson
2014Hoyt Oliver 54Ox 56C
2013Eloise Carter 78G 83PhD
2012Bill Cody
2011Andy Autry
2010Kent Linville
2009Dan Moore 35Ox 37C 40G
2008Bill McKibben
2007Judy Greer
2006Mike McQuaide
2005Homer Sharp 56Ox 59C
2004John Gregory
2003Neil Penn
2002Dick Shappell
2001Joe Guillebeau
2000Marshall Elizer
1999Curry Haynes

Outstanding Staff Award

Al Mitchell

2018 Outstanding Staff Award

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives its Outstanding Staff Award to an Oxford College staff member, past or present, who has shown exceptional dedication and loyalty in his or her service to Oxford. They also appreciate the sense of community that Oxford offers.

Alan Mitchell

Alan (Al) Mitchell has worked for Emory University for nearly 40 years, devoting his work life to the care and maintenance of Oxford College as senior manager of operations. In that time, most of his hard work has been behind the scenes. But his dedication has not gone unnoticed as seen by the multiple nominations he received for the 2014 Pierce Award for Staff Leadership.

Whenever there is an issue with the facilities, he is often the first person to receive a phone call. His mechanical and engineering skills are complemented by unflappable patience, good humor, kindness, and thoughtfulness. His concern for Oxford’s physical plant is matched by his deep love for, and dedication to, Oxford’s students, faculty, and staff. He was very instrumental in the construction and now management of the Oxford Science Building.

Past Recipients

2017Debbie Mote
2016Lyn Pace 02T 17T
2015Todd Cain
2014Joy Budensiek
2013Rodger Brunson
2012Marvlyn Kirk
2011Jennie Taylor
2010Mary Barnes
2009Eugene Williams
2008Stephen Bowen

Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award

Amanda Arrendale

2018 Honorary Alumna

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives its Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award to a person who did not graduate from Oxford College but who has shown exceptional dedication in his or her service to Oxford.

Amanda Arrendale

Amanda Arrendale is the spouse of Chris Arrendale 99Ox 01C, a former Oxford Alumni Board president and recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) in 1998 and master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001.

Amanda and Chris met when they both worked at an email marketing and service provider in Atlanta. She is now technical project manager at PGi, a web teleconferencing company. Amanda additionally holds the PMI-ACP certification as an Agile Certified Practitioner from the Project Management Institute. Together, she and Chris established Crown IT Consulting in March 2013 and The Arrendale Group, LLC in July 2013, which conducted business as Inbox Pros until Trendline Interactive acquired it in 2018.

Although not an Oxford alumna, Amanda joins her spouse in maintaining a close relationship with the Oxford community through active volunteerism and philanthropy. They helped with the Oxford Olympics for the first-year student orientation in 2010. They volunteer for the Emory Cares International Service Day in Newton County each year, and served as co-chairs and project coordinators in 2011.  

The Arrendales have been regular donors to Oxford College, giving to the Alumni Board Fund, Oxford College Science Building and the Oxford Library and Academic Commons. They have also set up an unrestricted estate gift to benefit Oxford College’s most pressing needs when realized. They are now members of The 1836 Society, in recognition of their planned gift.

Past Recipients

2017Doug Shipman 95C
2016Stephen Bowen
2015Sheilah Connor
2014Nancy Murdy
2013Kitty McNeill
2012Kathy Brook
2011Penny England
2010James Wagner
2009Mary Louise Flemming 70G
2008Mike McQuaide
2007Sammy Clark
2006Lil Long
2005Paul Anderson 38C 40L
2004Dean Dana Greene, Joe Moon, and Jennie Taylor
2003John Temple
2002Jake Ward 33C 36G
2001Judy Greer
2000Bond Fleming 33C 36T
1999William H. Murdy