Two School of Education alumnae to be honored at University Day

Monday, October 12, 2015

Memorial Hall - UNC Chapel Hill

Two alumnae from the School of Education will be among the four recipients of Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards when Carolina celebrates University Day on Oct. 12.

University Day will mark the 222nd birthday of UNC-Chapel Hill. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and be held in Memorial Hall. The public is invited.

Among those being honored with Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards this year are Mona Carol Frederick (B.A.Ed. ’76) and Sarah Parker (B.A.Ed. ’69).

Frederick is executive director of Vanderbilt University’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Over the course of her 30-year career, she has advocated for humanistic research and teaching, especially in the digital humanities. She oversaw the development of “Who Speaks for the Negro?”, a digital archive of materials related to the book of the same name published by Warren in 1965.

In 2013 Frederick served as producer for Speaking for the Humanities, a documentary film created to mark the 25th anniversary of the Warren Center. Recently Frederick helped to develop the Mellon Partners for Humanities Education initiative, which will provide specialized training for new Vanderbilt Ph.D.s to prepare them for teaching at liberal arts colleges and historically black colleges and universities.

Parker served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina for 13 years and as chief justice from 2006 until mandatory retirement in 2014.

After earning her B.A. in education, Parker served in the Peace Corps in Turkey before returning to Carolina to attend law school. Upon completing her J.D. degree, she began private practice with a firm where she was the first female attorney in the firm’s 100-year history. Gov. Jim Hunt Jr. appointed her to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 1984 and she won election to the Supreme Court in 1992.

Also being honored is Betty Debnam Hunt, founder of “The Mini Page” newspaper insert for children. Hunt has collaborated with the School of Education to fund opportunities for graduate students to develop and publish lesson plans incorporating “Mini Page” content.

Additional information about University Day can be found on the web at