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UNCF Giving Banquet Honors Community Leaders and Faculty Legends

2014 UNCF Gala

March 27, 2014 – Shaw University's UNCF "A Mind Is" Annual Giving Banquet and Gala honored several outstanding community and faculty leaders for their commitment to excellence in education. Held on Saturday, March 22nd on the Shaw University campus, the event recognized Dr. McLouis Clayton, Shaw University Professor of Mathematics and alumnus; Dr. Carolyn G. Ennis, Shaw University Trustee and alumna; Nurry T. Johnson, retired educator and former Shaw University professor; and Edward Wills, McDonald’s owner and operator.

This year's honorees represented leaders in the education and business sectors. Dr. Clayton has been a member of Shaw’s faculty since 1966 and has served the University in a variety of administrative positions, including Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Academic Administration and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Ennis is a long-time educator and has worked in the field for more than 50 years. She currently serves as the Special Assistant to the superintendent for Johnston County Schools. Johnson, also a long-time educator, served as a librarian both at Shaw and for the Wake County Library system. She later joined the Wake County Public Schools system and retired in 1993 after 36 years in education. Wills is the highly successful owner and operator of two McDonald’s in Raleigh. He currently oversees 14 managers and 180 employees.

In addition to recognizing the evening's honorees, the gala also featured remarks from Shaw graduate student Mervin Davis and senior Roberta Sessoms. Both students expressed their gratitude for receiving UNCF scholarships and how such funds enabled them to continue their education. Musical entertainment was provided by Kimerly Rouse and “All Your Uncles” and national recording artist Gerald Hinton.

Members of the UNCF Steering Committee meet throughout the year to plan and hold events to educate the community about UNCF and raise scholarship monies for students at Shaw, a UNCF member institution. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Shaw students received more than $95,000 in UNCF scholarships.