Frank E. "Pepper" Laughon, Stuart Laughon, and John Hollemon III '14
Randolph-Macon College’s annual Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community
Award presentation took place on Friday, April 26, 2013.
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. R-MC Board
of Trustees Member Bill Kilduff ’74 welcomed guests, and Dean of
Students Grant Azdell presented the award.
The Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community 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 students. This year’s award recipient is John Hollemon III
“We are here to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of this dedicated
young man,” said Azdell. “John has made so many significant contributions to enrich
and make more dynamic the entire Randolph-Macon College community.”
Hollemon, a communication studies
major and Asian studies,
Black studies and English literature
minor, is president and founder of Iota
Phi Theta fraternity—an organization he was instrumental in bringing to
R-MC. He also serves as a Mentor Resident
Assistant and a tour guide, and
he is a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee. And for three years, Hollemon
could be seen at R-MC athletics
events dressed as Buzz, Randolph-Macon’s loveable mascot.
In 2010, Hollemon was selected as a Sullivan Scholar and represented R-MC at the
Sullivan Foundation Institute at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
In addition, he has twice represented R-MC when the college was awarded the
Virginia Program of the Year Award for its Resident Assistant Education
“After graduation, I plan to earn my master's degree in either Public Administration
or Public Relations,” says Hollemon. “Receiving the Commitment to the Community
Award was a surprise, and I am honored to have been recognized by Mr. and Mrs. Laughon
and the college. I am very passionate about my work in the community.”