"SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College Alumni Association will honor four alumni Saturday, Oct. 20, during Homecoming Weekend at the college. Highlights of the weekend also include the Terrier Ball Auction and Gala on Friday night and the Terriers football contest Saturday afternoon against East Tennessee State University.
Receiving the alumni association awards will be:
• Col. Troy Denomy, class of 1996, project manager for Soldier Warrior, receiving the Pride of Wofford Award.
• S. Lynn Hawkins, class of 1977, executive director of SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition in Spartanburg, receiving the Distinguished Citizen Award.
• Timothy E. Madden, class of 1985, a managing partner of the Greenville, S.C., office of the national law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, receiving the Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award.
• Nathan Madigan, class of 2008, vice president of operations for Autumn Glen Management Group, receiving the Rising Star Award.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Papadopoulos Room in the Papadopoulos Building on campus.
The Pride of Wofford Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has brought honor and distinction to the college through outstanding professional achievement. Denomy, project manager for Soldier Warrior within the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier, is responsible for developing and sustaining air and ground soldier systems that provide connectivity in battle command and other areas. Commissioned as an infantry officer in 1996, Denomy has served the Army Acquisition Corps at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the National Reconnaissance Office and Ground Combat Systems. He recently was named the executive officer for the principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army (Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology) at the Pentagon. He served deployments in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He received a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, where he earned a master’s of strategic studies. He has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Denomy is married to the former Gina Kowulich; they have two sons, Merrick, 14, and Luke, 10.
The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented to a member of the community who has served a distinguished career and has contributed extraordinary service to humanity, reflecting honor upon both the recipient and Wofford College.
Hawkins has worked with victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault for more than 40 years; for the past 29 years, she has been executive director of SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, a nonprofit organization serving domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties. Previously, she worked in the child protective services unit of the Spartanburg County Department of Social Services. Hawkins has provided extensive training to law enforcement officers, magistrates, legal and medical professionals, social workers, educators, members of the faith community, students and the community at large on issues of violence, trauma and victimization. She also has provided training statewide and nationally on the issues impacting victims. Hawkins is a licensed social worker and a licensed victim services professional. She serves on the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Coordinating Council, the Spartanburg County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the Spartanburg County Domestic Violence Fatality Team, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and the United Way Speakers’ Bureau.
The Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has distinguished himself or herself through dedicated service and commitment to Wofford College. Gray received the Distinguished Service Award in 2017, and it was announced at that time that the award would carry his name. After graduating from Wofford in 1972, Gray joined the college’s Admission staff, rising to lead the Admission program starting in 1977. He moved to head the Alumni and Parents Programs in 1995. He became the director of continuing education in 2015, creating the college’s popular Lifelong Learning at Wofford program that has attracted more than 300 “students” to attend an array of innovative courses.
At the time of his retirement in 2016, Gray was the longest-serving current staff member at Wofford with 44 years.
Madden is a managing partner of the Greenville office of the national law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. In addition to his successful law practice, Madden has served as chair of the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission, vice chair of the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank and director of the South Carolina Student Loan Corp. He is a Liberty Fellow. For nearly 30 years, Madden served Wofford as class chair, including two terms on the Alumni Council. He initiated and funded a matching gift challenge, consistently supports the Wofford Annual Fund, supported renovations of Main Building and all other capital campaigns and has funded an endowed scholarship. He also has hosted alumni receptions, provided free legal services to the college, conducted interviews with Wofford Scholars, participated as a guest lecturer and frequently recruits and recommends new students to the college. Madden graduated in 1988 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He says, “Without Charlie Gray’s encouragement and help, Wofford would not have been possible for me.”
The Rising Star Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has demonstrated professional accomplishment and continued growth as an emerging leader in his or her community.
Madigan, vice president of operations for Autumn Glen Management Group (AGMG), served as president of his class and received the Wofford College President’s Award while a student. He began his career in the nonprofit sector as a high school teacher in Newark, N.J., with Teach for America. After completing his two-year service in the classroom, Madigan joined KIPP New Jersey, where he worked for seven years, rising from analyst to managing director of school operations. Before joining AGMG, he was chief operating office of LEAD Public Schools in Nashville, Tenn. Madigan recently was awarded a competitive scholarship to the Executive MBA Program at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management, where he expects to graduate in May 2019. An Atlanta, Ga., native, Madigan recently returned home to join AGMG with his wife, Kelly, and daughter Penelope and a second daughter due in November.
The 19th annual Terrier Ball Auction and Gala will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Spartanburg Marriott. The event raises educational scholarship funds for Wofford student-athletes. Live entertainment will be provided by Party on the Moon. Tickets are $100 per person. Homecoming premium tickets are $180 per person and include a ticket to the Terrier Ball, a Homecoming football game ticket with walk-in access to the Verandah Parking Lot end zone area of Gibbs Stadium and a one-year 2018 Terrier Club membership at the Partner membership gift level. Tables of eight, with primetime seating and complimentary table service, are $1,500. For information, go to www.wofford.edu/homecoming/terrierball/ or contact Mary Kathryn Jolly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-597-4468.
Other Wofford Homecoming Weekend events:
Friday, Oct. 19
Volleyball vs. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
6 p.m., Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 20
Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open for tours; also open are the Richardson Family Art Gallery and the Richardson Family Art Museum.
Wofford Football vs. East Tennessee State University
1:30 p.m., Gibbs Stadium
For ticket information, go to athletics.wofford.edu or call 864-597-4090.
Volleyball vs. Samford University
6 p.m., Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium
Men’s Soccer vs. Belmont University
7 p.m., Snyder Field"