Three to be honored during homecoming
The Messenger 10.10.07
Three awards will be presented during University of Tennessee at Martin homecoming activities this week.
The awards will be presented at the annual UT Martin Alumni Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday in Duncan Ballroom of Boling University Center.
This year’s award recipients are:
• Lt. Gen. John G. Castellaw, recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award, given to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession;
• Van Jones, recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, given in recognition of outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession (the recipient must not be more than 40 years of age);
• Dee Fields Pritchett, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for University Service, given for outstanding service to UT Martin.
Castellaw, a 1972 agriculture graduate, has traveled all over the world and currently is deputy commandant, Programs and Resources, Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
A native of Crockett County, he was commissioned upon graduation. His early tours were in Marine units deploying to the Mediterranean, Western Pacific and Middle East. Castellaw’s staff officer tours began in Marine Aircraft Groups 26 and 36. He served two tours in the Department of Aviation, Headquarters, Marine Corps.
His previous joint staff assignments were in the J3 Operations Directorate, U.S. European Command and with the Command Group, United Nations Protection Force Bosnia-Herzegovina during the siege of Sarajevo. He attended the Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School, the Armed Forces Staff College and the NATO Defense College.
Castellaw, a CH-46 pilot, is a graduate of the Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course. He received a master’s degree in military studies from the American Military University.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit. He was the 1990 recipient of the Cunningham Award as the Marine Aviator of the Year.
Jones, a 1990 graduate, is an environmental leader, civil rights attorney and public speaker.
He is president of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, Calif. The center promotes integrated solutions to urban America’s toughest problems: social inequality and environmental destruction. Working with the Apollo Alliance, Jones is promoting a national “green-collar jobs” initiative. He hopes this approach will create “green pathways out of poverty,” while greatly expanding the coalition fighting global warming.
He is a 1993 Yale Law graduate, husband and father. At the national level, Jones and the Ella Baker Center worked in 2007 with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) to pass the Green Jobs Act of 2007. That path-breaking, historic legislation will provide $120 million in funding to train 35,000 people a year in “green-collar jobs.”
Jones also is a founder of a new national coalition that is promoting the idea of a national “Clean Energy Jobs Corps.” This multi-billion-dollar federal initiative would put hundreds of thousands of people to work rewiring and retrofitting the energy infrastructure of the United States.
His awards include the 1998 Reebok International Human Rights Award, the international Ashoka Fellowship, selection as a World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader” and the Rockefeller Foundation “Next Generation Leadership” Fellowship.
Mrs. Pritchett, a 1973 graduate, is managing broker for Fuller Partners Real Estate in Martin. She is a past president of Skyhawk Club, past chairman of both the trustees and finance committees of First United Methodist Church in Martin and a former teacher at Bradford High School.
She has served as a member of Weakley County Board of Education, Weakley County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, C.E. Weldon Library, both the Martin and Weakley County Economic Development boards and Martin Parks and Recreation Commission. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and has served as advisor.
She is married to Mac Pritchett, a UT Knoxville graduate. Her daughter, Brittan Wright Sutherland, also a UT Martin graduate, teaches fifth grade at Martin Elementary School.
Reserve tickets for the banquet are available by sending a check for $15 per person made payable to UT Martin to the Office of Alumni Relations, Room 314, Administration Building, UT Martin, Martin, TN 38238.
For more homecoming information, visit www.utmforever.com.