On November 6, 2008, PAMS held an Alumni Awards Celebration to present three awards. Nancy Ridenhour received the Zenith Medal for Service, which recognizes alumni or friends of the College for distinguished contributions or advocacy that significantly advance our ability to make powerful impacts on science, the economy, the environment and the quality of the human condition. Nancy received bachelor’s degree in statistics from our department in 1976 and went to work for what was then Cannon Mills. She spent the next 17 years in the textile, financial and computer consulting industries before going into business for herself in 1993 as an independent business technology analyst. Since then, she has provided expert advice and computer solutions to the likes of Bank of America, Wachovia and Duke Energy. An active leader in her field, Nancy is a member of the Independent Computer Consultants Association and has served on that organization’s national board. She chaired the Charlotte North Special Interest Group for the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners for more than three years. She serves as publicity chair for the Southeast Inter-Relational Database Users Group and is a member of the Lake Norman Chamber and North Carolina Technology Association. She has served on the board of the NC State Alumni Association and served three terms on the board of the NCSU Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation.
At this event, Dr. Jim Goodnight of SAS also announced establishing a Leroy Martin Distinguished Professorship in Mathematics. Dr. Martin received the Distinguished Alumni Award from PAMS this year. Suzanne Gordon, another distinguished alum of our department from SAS, also attended the dinner.