Randy Robinson was recently awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the computer science and software engineering department in the Auburn University College of Engineering. The award recognizes a recipient's contributions to the department and Auburn as well as professional accomplishments.
After graduating in 1989 from Auburn with a computer science degree, Robinson joined Norfolk Southern Corp. as a mainframe programmer. In 1991, he joined Provident Life & Accident Insurance, where he helped build Provident's first PC-based insurance platform. In the mid-90s, he helped create Provident's first e-Commerce website.
During the merger between Provident and Unum in 1999, Robinson was promoted to assistant vice president, then to vice president in 2000, where he managed large application development teams. He co-chaired Unum's Architecture Steering Committee and created its first formal architecture teams. He then moved into an operations management role. He is now in Unum's Customer Solutions area and manages web and mobile development efforts.
He served on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Technology Council from 2002-2005 and is now chairman of the Auburn University Computer Science and Software Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.
Hill honored by American Mothers
Chattanoogan Elaine Hill is one of three women named a 2015 National Mother of the Year by American Mothers Inc. The other honorees are Pam Kanaly of Oklahoma and Cathy Keating of Virginia. The award was presented at the American Mothers national convention in Washington, D.C.
Hill is a well-known advocate for breast cancer patients and a co-founder of Y-Me Chattanooga, which provides breast cancer education, support/therapy groups, financial assistance to indigent women and a bra and prostheses bank for breast cancer patients. She was named a Lifetime TV Breast Cancer Hero in 2007. She has served on the boards of more than 15 area nonprofits.
American Mothers Inc. sponsors the National Mother of the Year Award and hosts the Mom to Mom Conference.
Clariday receives librarian's award
Sandra Clariday, Tennessee Wesleyan College professor and associate dean for library and information services, was presented the Frances Neel Cheney Award by the Tennessee Library Association. The award was given during the association's annual conference in Memphis.
The Cheney Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of books and librarianship.
Clariday has worked at TWC for more than 30 years and has been director of Merner Pfeiffer Library since 1987. She retired at the end of the 2014-15 school year.
Montgomery is new Eagle Scout
Jonathan William Montgomery, a member of Boy Scout Troop 219, achieved Eagle Scout rank during a Court of Honor held recently at Chester Frost Park.
He is the son of Michael and Jeri Montgomery and a rising senior at Chattanooga Christian School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society and was chosen to participate in the Chattanooga & Hamilton County Medical Society's Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. He volunteers at Erlanger hospital.
For the community service project required of all Eagle Scouts, he designed and built an outdoor classroom and nature trails for Highland Plaza United Methodist Church Preschool.