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Journalism alumni awards luncheon

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The 2013 Journalism Alumni Club will recognize alumni Mark Henry, Bonnie Kourvelas and Angie Craig for their outstanding career achievements at its 2013 Awards Luncheon, 11:30-1, Oct. 18, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn.

The group will also honor former Journalism Department chair Dan Lattimore with its Hebert Lee Williams Award and journalism student Joshua Bolden with its Emerging Journalist Award.

Mark Henry, who will receive the Charles E. Thornton Award, is the president and co-founder of Signature Advertising, one of the largest and most successful advertising firms in Memphis. Signature boasts such notable clients as Federal Express, International Paper, Hilton Worldwide and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Henry graduated from the University of Memphis in 1982 before beginning his journalism career as a contract technical writer for FedEx. He later moved to Marsh McDonald & Associates as an account executive where he worked his way up to executive vice president before leaving to start Signature in 1994.

An active member of the community, Henry currently sits on the board of the Memphis in May International Festival and Page Robbins Adult Day Care. He has also served on the boards of the March of Dimes of Memphis and the University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club.

The second recipient of the Charles E. Thornton award is Bonnie Kourvelas, currently communications adviser for Federal Express. Bonnie has received the FedEx Five-Star Award, the highest internal award the company offers for performance.

Kourvelas has also worked as media relations manager for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as well as an independent video professional since 1994. She has written and produced four historical documentaries for WKNO-TV, two of which were nominated for Emmy Awards.

This year's Outstanding Young Alumni Award will be presented to Angela Craig, vice president of global human resources for St. Jude Medical. At St. Jude Medical since 2005, Craig was named vice president of corporate relations and human resources in 2010.

Prior to joining St. Jude, Craig was an executive for public health and investor relations at Smith and Nephew. She began her career as a reporter for The Commercial Appeal and received her B.A. from the University of Memphis in 1994.

The Herbert Lee Williams Award for excellence in teaching at the University of Memphis will be awarded to Dan Lattimore, Ph.D. Chair of the journalism department from 1987 to 1999, Lattimore led the development of the first online journalism master’s program in the country. He currently serves as vice provost for Extended Programs and dean of University College at the University of Memphis, where he led the development of the Regents Online Degree programs for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

He has published five books on journalism and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. Lattimore is a past president of the PRSA Educators Academy and past president of the Memphis Chapter of Public Relations Society of America.

This year’s Emerging Journalist Award recipient is Joshua Bolden, a senior journalism and Spanish double major. His work has appeared in The Commercial Appeal, The Daily Helmsman and the U of M broadcast news program, “Insight News.”

Bolden has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Black Student Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. He served as recruitment director and vice president of the NABJ, where he created and co-hosted “The Conversation,” an online video magazine.

Currently he can be heard on air as the host of a weekly radio program on WUMR-FM, and as a news anchor at WBBP-AM in Memphis.

Sonny Albarado, city editor/projects editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and immediate past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists, will serve as keynote speaker.

Mike Lawhead will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the awards luncheon. Lawhead, an award-winning investigative reporter at WREG-TV, was the first recipient of the Charles E. Thornton Award in 1986.

To purchase your ticket ($35) for the awards luncheon, contact Shannon Miller at or 901-678-3043.

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