Pepper Laughon '59, third from right,
and members of the Macon a Difference Day
Randolph-Macon College’s annual Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community
Award presentation took place on Friday, April 27, 2012. The event, held in conjunction
with the Student Affairs Committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, took place
in the Andrews Hall Multi-purpose Room.
The award honors the dedicated service of R-MC Board of Trustees member Frank E.
“Pepper” Laughon ’59 and his wife Stuart and is given to a student organization
or individual making significant contributions to enrich the lives of others. Pepper
Laughon serves on the Student Affairs Committee, Athletic Committee, and as chair
of the Greek Alumni Advisory Board. Stuart Laughon’s dedicated support of innumerable
activities further evidences the Laughons’ dedication to enriching the lives of
R-MC Board of Trustees Member Anne Derby McDougall, Esq. ’79 welcomed
guests, and Dean of Students Grant Azdell presented the award. This year, The Pepper
and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award was presented to student members
of the Macon a Difference Day
Macon a Difference Day is an annual event held in conjunction with the celebration
of Earth Day. Students, staff, faculty, and Ashland citizens volunteer on a variety
of earth-friendly service projects in the Randolph-Macon community and the Town
of Ashland. Azdell praised the members of the steering committee for their dedication
and hard work.
“The participation in Macon a Difference Day has increased every year since its
inception in 2006,” said Azdell. “Last year, about 200 volunteers worked on projects.
This year, we had almost 300 volunteers participate, and projects included highway,
park, and creek clean-ups; landscaping for Hanover Humane Society; volunteering
with the Wings of Hope Ranch; and working with the RAFT House, a program that provides
services to adults with serious mental illnesses.”
For the last several years, R-MC has collaborated with The Hanover County Department
of Community Resources on their annual Global Youth Service Day. Laura Robertson
’04, the Youth Service Specialist for Hanover County, attended the
award presentation to support the recognition of the Macon a Difference Day steering
The Award includes a framed certificate as well as a monetary prize to be used for
the Macon a Difference Day group to continue its valuable work.
The following students serving on the Macon a Difference Day steering committee
were recognized at the award presentation: Elanya Chin ’12, Xavier
Bullet ’13, Mark Josey ’13, JoAnna Longo ’12, Allison Miessler ’12, Caitlin Proctor
’12, and Kenneth White ’12.
In addition, the following faculty and staff who served on this committee were
lauded: Christina Brown Cozart, assistant director of
Residence Life and Housing and advisor for Macon a Difference Day; Sociology
Professor and Coordinator of Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences
(SERVE) Reber Dunkel; Chaplain Darrell Headrick;
Chemistry Professor Emeritus Brian Moores;
International Programs Coordinator Mayumi
Nakamura; and Laurie Preston, head of reference at the