The Shield

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James G. Parker Alumni Award "The Shield"

The Shield is given at the annual banquet at the discretion of the alumni board. It is named for the founder of the alumni group and the Program Director in 2000-01, James Parker. James Parker is also the Chairman of the Board and a donor to the Program. The Shield is a replica of the Shield of El Cid Campeador. The 11th century Castilian nobleman, military leader, and diplomat was revered for his defense of his people and inspirational leadership in preparation for battle. To date the award for outstanding defense of the Program has been given to Vice Chairman of the Board Joshua D. Curry and former Dean of the College of Social Sciences Dr. Marie Cowart. Each recipient's name and year awarded is placed on the shield.