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CNU’s Women of Vision recognize Harmon with Distinguished Service Award

Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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Carson-Newman University’s Women of Vision recognized Donna Harmon, of Morristown, as the recipient of the first WOV Distinguished Service Award.

A framed drawing of Sarah Swan Residence Hall was presented to Harmon, in honor of her example of the organization’s ideals and purpose, by C-N’s First Lady and WOV chair Kay O’Brien during the WOV’s inaugural convention on March 9.

“It is truly no exaggeration to say that WOV would not have been able to accomplish a fraction of what has happened in the last two years without Donna Harmon,” O’Brien said. “The entire Carson-Newman family is the glad recipient of her gifts and talents. She truly embodies the Women of Vision spirit and has earned this distinguished recognition.”

The award, which recognizes WOV members whose contribution to the C-N community is found to clearly exemplify the mission of WOV, was originally awarded at the Carson-Newman Philanthropy Dinner in October, but Saturday’s WOV convention was an opportunity for WOV members to celebrate with Harmon.

“Our deep conviction is that there is a place to use whatever skill, resource, passion or energy women may wish to offer as a gift to nurture academic excellence and Christian commitment within this caring community,” said O’Brien of the group.

O’Brien said Harmon became part of the first WOV Leadership Council in 2011, served as event chair and Sarah Swann Project chair through the summer of 2012 and continues to fill the role of Sarah Swann Project chair.

A local artist, Harmon’s education has taken her around the world. The University of Tennessee art education graduate continued her education at the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand.

She has worked as an art teacher and as a studio artist.

Harmon is a member of the Morristown Art Association and received the Rose Center Award at the Morristown Juried Art Show in 2012.

Her artwork is in private homes and institutions and is showcased in the C-N’s Colleen Keeble Harmon Parlor in Swann Hall, for which she is currently working on a portrait.

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