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2010 Alumni Award Winners

McArthur Alumni Award

 Reverend G. Timothy Womack '85

Rev. Dr. G. Timothy Womack graduated from Eckerd College with a B.A. in Political Science. He is Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach, Florida. While at Eckerd, Tim spent several semesters in London at the Gower Street House. He is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and received his Doctorate of Ministry degree (cum laude) from Emory University. He also spent a year studying Political Science and Economics at the University of London. He is an active member of the Spiritual Life Council of Eckerd College and an outdoor enthusiast as well as a golfer, cyclist, diver and an avid saltwater fly fisherman. He resides in Vero Beach with his wife and fellow alumna, Stephanie (Phass) Womack ’86, and their two children.

William H. Kadel Alumni Medal(s)

 Jim Sweeny '65

Dr. Jim Sweeny graduated from Florida Presbyterian College with a B.S. in Chemistry and received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1969 from Yale University. He started a long tenure in the Research and Development Department at the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon his retirement in 2002, Jim returned to St. Petersburg and joined the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, where he has been engaged in preparing talks and recruiting speakers for the Science and Society and Visual Arts interest groups. Jim and his wife, Martha, are long-time collectors of folk art and recently donated their collection to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

 John Sweeny '65

Mr. John Sweeny graduated from Florida Presbyterian College with a B.S. in Physics and began his career in the field of dialysis as a Field Service Engineer for the Milton Roy Company. He quickly progressed to the position of technical trainer and eventually to his present position as Global Renal Training Manager with Baxter Healthcare. John has been lecturing for the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists for more than 25 years and has received numerous awards for his educational activities. With more than 40 years in the dialysis industry, John will retire from Baxter Healthcare in December 2010. His work has enriched and prolonged the lives of countless individuals. He currently serves on the Eckerd College Dean’s Council on Science.

Suzanne Armacost Alumni Medal

 Carolyn Eliades '88

Ms. Carolyn Eliades graduated from Eckerd College with a B.A. in Business Management. She took over management of the family business, Park East Club, where she has been the Operations and Sales Manager for more than 15 years. She is one of the newest members of the Eckerd College Alumni Association Board and an active member of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise. In the past, she has served as President of the Rotary Club’s Board and foundation, and chaired for six years the club’s signature project, "Tree of Joy,” which raises money for underprivileged children. She also volunteered at the Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary and participated in the Relay for Life and the Reading Rotarian program. She lives just outside of Sarasota with her Dalmatian, Ernie.

Grover C. Wrenn '64 Service Award

 Lindsay Seward '90

Mr. Lindsay Seward graduated from Eckerd College with a B.A. in Consumer Psychology. A resident of Boston, Massachusetts, he is the Vice President, Field Portfolio Advisor for Wellington Management. Before employed at Wellington, he was the Director of Marketing for the Separately Managed Accounts division at Putnam Investments for nine years. He served as the President of the Eckerd College Alumni Association from 2007–2010 and now has taken on the responsibility of Chair of the Eckerd Boston Alumni Chapter. During his tenure as President of the Eckerd College Alumni Association, he helped lead the 50th Anniversary Celebration efforts, the most successful Eckerd College Alumni Weekend to date. Lindsay also served as this year’s Reunion Chair for the Class of 1990 and was instrumental in drawing his classmates back to campus for their 20th reunion. 

Outstanding Young Alumni Award 

 Suleyman Bilgutay '01 

Mr. Suleyman Bilgutay graduated from Eckerd College with a B.A. in International Business and earned his MBA at Lynn University. In 2001, he founded Infinium Medical, Inc., a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of medical devices worldwide. Suleyman has worked as an engineering consultant and distributor for four of the largest U.S. manufacturers of internal pacemaker devices. Medical device manufacturing was a natural career choice for him because his family started Pace Tech, Inc., a Clearwater medical monitor manufacturing firm. Infinium Medical specializes in serving developing nations that seek high-end American products and are looking for cost-effective solutions. In 2005, Infinium Medical was awarded an export achievement certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Suleyman, his wife Valeria Silva and their two children reside in St. Petersburg.


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