Alumni Awards & Recognitions

Every year, Alumni Relations upholds the annual tradition of crowning Mr. or Ms. Alumni and recognizing the Family of the Year. These traditions highlight FSU alumni that are active within the Bronco community and within their own communities. 


Ms. Alumni 2019-2020

Ms. Mary Nobles Maultsby

Mary Nobles MaultsbyMs. Mary Nobles Maultsby graduated Magna Cum Laude from FSU in May 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. While a student at FSU, she was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges and was initiated into the Delta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Spring 1976).

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Mary is a retired educator (35 years of service to Pitt, Edgecombe and Halifax counties) and at present a part-time Reading Remediation teacher. She served as PTA President at Elmhurst Elementary School and Junius H. Rose High School (Pitt County). In Halifax County, she was recognized as "Teacher making most growth in reading and math".

Mary's service and civic activities include: Vice President and Program Chair of Iota Kappa Omega Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Greenville, NC) and work with The Pitt County Board of Elections as a Precinct Chief Judge (30 years). In 2014, she was an honoree at the biennial Pearls and Rubies Benefit Luncheon sponsored by the Zeta Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Mary is a congregant of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church (Greenville, NC) where she served as a choir member and a lead usher. 

Personally, Mary is a widowed mother of two high achieving daughters.  As Ms. Alumni 2019-2020, she is using this platform to showcase the quality and excellence of an FSU education and to encourage all alumni to begin or continue supporting the university.


Mr./Ms. Alumni Contestants 2020

Lorenna Garcia-Bochas

Alumna Lorenna C. Garcia-Bochas

Lorenna C. Garcia-Bochas is a Fall 2018 graduate of Fayetteville State University. During her time at FSU, She pursued a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Minor in Music.

She participated in various research opportunities through the FSU-RISE, NC-LSAMP and UROMS programs. She held leadership positions in the Bio Phi Chem Science Club and the Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society. She also performed with the FSU Jazz Ensemble, FSU Concert Band and the FSU Marching Band eXpress. She was a Spring 2017 initiate into the Omega Beta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. Lorenna is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Integrative Biology at Kennesaw State University with the ultimate goal of becoming Epidemiologist at the CDC.


Tawanda Robinson

Alumna Tawanda Robinson

Ms. Tawanda Robinson was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC. She attended 71st High School and is a 2006 Graduate of Fayetteville State University. She is employed at Womack Army Medical Center as a medical support assistant in the Gastroenterology clinic.

In addition to her full time job, she is the President of the Hollywood Heights Community Watch Club, the 2nd Vice Chair for the Cumberland County Democratic Party and recently was the interim financial secretary for the FSUNAA CCC. Tawanda was on the board for Fayetteville Pride and worked her way up through the Democratic Party holding several positions. She ran for city council in 2017. Tawanda hopes to have a business of her own in the near future and will continue to be a voice for her community.


Kevin Wardlaw

Alumnus Kevin Wardlaw

Kevin Wardlaw is a 1986 graduate of Fayetteville State University where he majored in Speech and Theatre. He participated in theatre productions and was the radio announcer for the campus-based public radio.

Kevin was a scholarship athlete playing football and running track for the Broncos and was inducted into the Fayetteville State Hall of Fame in 2007. He pledged Omega Psi Phi in the fall of 1983. He served as the basileus for the Delta Gamma chapter and was Omega Man of Year for the Charlotte Alumni chapter, Pi Phi. He has been a photojournalist for WCNC for the last 32 years. Kevin is an active member of his church, Memorial Presbyterian in Charlotte and is a proud husband and father.

Past Families of the Year:

2018- The Brewington-Sansbury Family 

2017 -The Miller-Gillespie Family

2016- The Patterson Family

2015- The Offie and Cora Brown Family

2014- The Cisrow and Octavia Prince Thomas Family

2013- The Barnes and Braswell Family

2012- The James and Mallie Monroe Family

2011- The White/ McAllister Family

2010- The Larry and Hattie Bush Family

2009- The Late Charlie and Nellie Marable Family

2008- The Rev. Ernest and Mable Bacote Family

2007- The Rev. James and Susie Evelyn Sparrow Family

2006- The Late Rev. George and Cora Steele Family

2005- The Robert and the late Addie Brown Melvin Family

2004- The Rev. Bessie Moore Family

2003- The Alvin and Ruth Taylor Family

2002- N/A

2001- The Dennis R. and Polly Simpson McNair Family

2000- The Earl and Mildred Best Smith Family

1999- The David O' Berry and Maggie Darden Bell Family

1998- The Wilson and Maudie P. Lawrence Family

1997- The Henry Herman and Bessie Parker Family

1996- The George W. and Betty Brown Family

1995- The Josephine Rozier Thompson Family

1994- The Paul and Annie Bryant Family

1993- The Roy and Reather McNeill Family

1992- The Raymond and Myrtle Battle Family

1991- The Rev. D. Hector and Henrietta McEachern Family

1990- The Gabriel McNeill Family

1989- The Vivian Diggs Family

1988- The Rev. Jeremiah and Leolar Williams Family

1987- The Cornie Lee and Ella Mae McLauchlin Family

1986- The David Hill Family

1985- The Batrice Bracey Family

1984- The Jessie Mae Owens Family

1983- The James B. Wright Family