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Two College of Education graduates are among the 15 individuals selected for the Auburn Alumni Association's Young Alumni Achievement Award.
Denisha Hendricks `01 and Courtney Anne Furlong Dow `04 were both chosen for the award, which honors the extraordinary accomplishments by Auburn graduates who are under the age of 40. Recipients will be featured in the fall issue of Auburn Magazine and will receive a certificate of recognition from the alumni association .
“Auburn graduates are making significant contributions in a variety of occupations all across the globe, and some of the more interesting stories are happening with our young alumni,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs at Auburn University and a 1984 College of Education graduate. “It’s a great honor to recognize them in this way. Auburn’s future is shining a bit brighter due to the impact made by these impressive individuals.”
Hendricks, who earned a master's degree in higher education administration-sport management and a doctorate in higher education administration, serves as director of athletics at Kentucky State University. She oversees 13 NCAA Division II athletic programs. Hendricks also serves as a member of the college's National Advisory Council. Before coming to Kentucky State, Hendricks served as the assistant athletic director and senior women's administrator at Johnson C. Smith University.
Dow earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Auburn in vocational rehabilitation counseling. She serves as director of NightLight Atlanta, a division of NightLite International, which is committed to fighting against human trafficking and slavery. NightLight focuses on education, intervention and prevention in connection with commercial sexual exploitation.
“My time at Auburn prepared me to address the needs of commercially sexually exploited individuals holistically, with gentleness and compassion, and with a spirit that is not afraid,” Dow said. “Auburn University inspired me to ‘act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God,’ which is a commitment that I must make every day as I work with sexually broken individuals. I am proud to be a fourth generation Auburn alumni and I am so honored that I get to represent Auburn University and the beliefs that Auburn men and women hold so dearly.”
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2012