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Alumni Association Announces 2005 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients PDF Print E-mail
Four alumni have been named...The East Carolina Alumni Association has named four East Carolina alumni as the 2005 recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Award. The recipients include James “Jim”Cromartie ’66, Dr. Deitra “Dee” Lowdermilk ’66, Clay Walker ’89, and Conwell S. Worthington, II ’72.

The Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony will be held Friday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Greenville. The cost is $25 per person and reservations may be made online at or by calling 800-ECU-GRAD.

The East Carolina Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have at least five years of work experience and show outstanding and uncommon achievement in their profession, civic affairs, and/or politics.

James “Jim” Cromartie is one of America’s leading historical artists. Cromartie is credited for introducing a style of painting called “Hard-Edge Realism” to the art world in 1968. Cromartie painted the official White House portrait and has been commissioned to paint significant historical landscape portraits such as the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian Institute buildings and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. Cromartie’s rendition of the U.S. Capitol is featured as an example of symmetry and balance in “Art Talk,” a Time-Life art history textbook for high school students.

Dr. Dee Lowdermilk graduated from East Carolina with a B.S. degree in Nursing in 1966. She later received a M.Ed. and Ph.D. from UNC at Chapel Hill where she works today in the School of Nursing as a clinical professor. Certified in In-Patient Obstetrical Nursing, Lowdermilk began her nursing career in public health nursing and has worked in a variety of maternity and women's health care clinical settings. She has been in nursing education since 1970. She is co-editor of two maternity and women's health textbooks and a leader in the North Carolina Section of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Lowdermilk is one of North Carolina’s Great 100 RNs for Excellence and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Clay Walker is the Senior Vice President for PLAYERS INC, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the National Football League Players Association. Under Walker’s management, the revenue generated from sales of PLAYERS INC’s licensed merchandise has grown from $350 million in 1994 to $750 million. Walker had the foresight to encourage the development of licensing fantasy football when no other sports leagues were doing so. Walker received a B.A. in English from East Carolina University in 1989, an M.B.A. from Colorado State University, and a M.S. in Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was named to the Advancement Council for the School of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University and serves as an adjunct professor of sports management at George Washington University. He is on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Youth Sports and on the Board of Directors of USA Football. Walker was recently selected by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal as a recipient of the Forty Under 40 award which honors the forty most influential people in sports business under the age of 40 each year.

Conwell Worthington is the Co-President and Chairman of Cornerstone Entertainment International, Inc. located in California. Mr. Worthington earned a B.F.A. degree in Theatre Management and Directing and received a Minor in Voice and Piano in 1972 from East Carolina University. Worthington joined The Walt Disney Company in 1988 and held various leadership roles including Producer of Walt Disney Theatrical Productions for the internationally run musical stage shows of “Beauty and the Beast,” the producer of the opening entertainment of National Hockey League, Mighty Ducks shown nationally on ESPN, the MLB All-star game in Anaheim, the Super Bowl in Florida and more than one-thousand special events at Disneyland, Disneyworld, national tours and Los Angeles shows. More recently, Worthington has co-directed the critically acclaimed one-woman comedy, “Vatican II: What the Hell Happened,” is the associate producer of “Dirty Dancing, the stage musical” in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia and will direct a new Broadway show about the American Civil War entitled, “Crossroads to Freedom.”

For more than thirty-two years, Mr. Worthington has successfully worked as a producer, director, manager and stage manager of live theatre and special entertainment events including Broadway, National Tours, International tours, spectacles, corporate theatre, Las Vegas and regional theatre.
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