Armstrong Honors Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni Armstrong Honors Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni



Armstrong Honors Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni


(Feb. 12, 2013) The Armstrong Alumni Association honored two alumni during Alumni Weekend 2013. The awards were presented by President Linda Bleicken during the men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the Alumni Arena.

Renee Hudson Connolly received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the university through dedication and support of the institution and the alumni association. A 1993 Armstrong graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Connolly is the immediate past president of the Armstrong Alumni Association. She lives in Columbia, S.C. where she serves as the director of the Office of Accreditation and Quality Assurance and Interim Assistant Dean for Assessment in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. She holds a Master of Education degree and a Ph.D. from USC.

Erwin “Ernie” Friedman received the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes Armstrong alumni who have achieved distinction through community involvement and professional expertise and who have provided leadership to the community. Friedman completed an Associate of Arts degree at Armstrong in 1950 before going on to New York University to study tax law. He earned a law degree from Emory University and returned to Savannah as a practicing attorney with Friedman, Haslam and Weiner (now Weiner, Shearhouse, Greenberg & Weitz). He also served as chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Following his career in law, he became a real estate developer.

Alumni Weekend 2013 was held Feb. 8-10. All graduates and former students and their families were invited to attend a selection of athletic events, lectures, discussions, and other activities.

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