Catawba College Alumni Association announces 2021 Alumni Awards – Salisbury Post
SALISBURY – The Catawba College Alumni Association has named the recipients of its 2021 awards.
The recipients of the Alumni Award for 2021 are:
- Distinguished Service — Tom Atkins ’71
- Career Achievements – Jolly Manning ’06
- Young Alumni Service— Jonathon Boles ’16
- Career Development for Young Graduates – Destiny Stone-King ’18
- Catawba Black Alumni Pioneer Award: Dolan Hubbard ’71 and Wilson Cherry ’74
Atkins receives the Distinguished Service Award, given in recognition of extraordinary service to his community and demonstrates leadership to the College. He was municipal administrator or general manager of several cantons from 1973 until his retirement in September 2020.
He was also a government consultant. Atkins is a life member of the International City / County Management Association; member of ICMA; life member of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association where he served as secretary, treasurer, vice-president, president and immediate vice-president.
He was a youth baseball and soccer coach as well as a youth baseball umpire; and professor of Bible studies. Atkins is currently a director of the Scotch Plains Senior Citizen Housing Corporation as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Personnel Committee and the Capital / Property Committee; and is the treasurer of the Terrill Hill Baptist Church. He and his wife, Bonnie ’72, have two sons, Gregory and Kyle, and three grandchildren.
Manning receives the Career Achievement Award, awarded for leadership or recognition at the national or regional level within a profession or company. Since graduating in 2006, Jolly Manning has had many impressive accomplishments. He was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for 4 years. He has received the “Coach of the Year” award 5 times in his school district. He was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2011 and 2017. He was also recognized as a “Distinguished Community Leader” by Mayor Combs (former Mayor of Rocky Mount).
Manning also has impressive stats from Catawba for both field goal percentage and blocks. He has always given back to his community through service. As a student he volunteered at Trinity Oaks. Since graduating he has been giving motivational speeches regularly – he has spoken to students at Salisbury High School, Salisbury Academy and Livingstone College, to name a few.
Boles receives the Young Alumni Service Award, awarded to a Catawba graduate who has graduated within the past 10 years, in recognition of outstanding service to the college and / or the community.
He is invested in the well-being of Catawba faculty, staff and students. It has already had an impact on the campus community. The professional vocation of Boles has always been service. In 2017, he participated in his first medical mission to Honduras with Trading Ford Baptist Church and joined a second mission in 2018. He graduated from Leadership Rowan where he now sits on the steering committee. Boles is currently Associate Director of the Lilly Center at Catawba College.
Stone-King receives the Young Alumni Career Development Award, awarded to a Catawba graduate who has graduated within the past 10 years and has quickly achieved success in a professional field. Stone-King, singer and two-instrument musician, mixes gospel, blues, jazz and soul to create lyrics and melodies that leave her audience inspired. She not only revived social justice on the Catawba campus as a student, but she continues to lead this house as an alum.
Over the past 4 years, Stone has notably performed at the Fillmore in Charlotte; performed an original song for John Oates of the Grammy-winning duo Hall and Oates, and performed as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Treasure Dedication Celebration for famed Nina Simone. She was also nominated for a Carolina Music Award 2019 and featured on the cover of the March 2020 issue of Salisbury magazine. Destiny is currently an elementary music teacher, freelance artist, and founder of The Music House.
Hubbard and Cherry receive the Black Alumni Pioneer Award, recognizing black alumni who lead the way for African American students, in that they have distinguished themselves in a profession and / or local community and have demonstrated integrity to Catawba with their decency and bravery, for paying tribute to Catawba College and the Catawba Black Alumni Network.
Hubbard retired from Morgan State in Baltimore after 21 years as a professor and chair of the Department of English and Linguistic Arts. This ended his career of more than 40 years of teaching at the university level. Hubbard is from Salisbury and was one of the first black students to enter East Rowan High School in the 1960s, and was among 11 African Americans in his class of 1967 at Catawba. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Catawba in 2012 and has been a member of the College’s Board of Trustees since 1994. Hubbard is married to former Ruth Hampton of Kannapolis. They have two children, Aisha and Desmond. They are members of the historic Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church in Baltimore.
Cherry retired from Rowan Vocational Opportunities in Salisbury after 16 years. Previously, he worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor where he received the NC Rehabilitation Counseling Achievement Award, the Goodwill Industries Professional of the Year Award, the NC Governor’s Outstanding Community Service / Volunteerism Award and the Governor’s Shining Star Award.
In January 2014, Cherry was honored as the recipient of the Rowan County Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Award and in 2014-15 received the “Jackie Award” from the Rowan County United Way. In 2021, Cherry received the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Service Award. For over 30 years, Cherry has been the voice of Livingstone College football and basketball games. He is a past president of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Salisbury. Cherry lives in Concord with his wife Veronica.