2012 Alumni Association Award Winners

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award – Allison Seay ’02

Current University of Mary Washington Arrington Poet-in-Residence Allison Seay is the recent winner of the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry.  Once a promising English major, Seay now teaches the creative writing seminar in poetry at UMW.  Seay’s work has been published in such publications as Poetry, Crazyhorse, and The Southern Review.  She is also a recipient of the 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.  She earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she became the assistant director of the MFA Writing Program and associate editor of The Greensboro Review.

Distinguished Alumnus Award -Nellie L. King ’92

Nellie King, and International Affairs major, was a member of the prestigious Pi Sigma Alpha society.  During her four years at Mary Washington, King was not only a member of the Honor Council, but also President for her last two years.  Ms. King has shown great leadership in the field of law, extraordinary compassion in her volunteering activities, and the unrelenting will to always fight for the “underdog”.  Her practice encompasses complex criminal litigation in both state and federal courts.  Ms. King is the fourth woman president to be elected to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  She is also the former president of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as a founding member of Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County.

Frances Liebenow Armstrong ’36 Service Award – Phyllis M. Shanahan

Mrs. Shanahan is a 1955 graduate of Mary Washington, having earned a degree in Psychology.  She has served as a volunteer at Reunion Weekend for a number of years and as a member of the Alumni Board.