Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Service Award

Joy Johnson (73C)

A tireless volunteer

  • A volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, the Polk County, Ga. Council on Children and Families as well as numerous child and family coalitions throughout the stateJoy Johnson
  • Received commendation from the American Red Cross for recruiting 20 volunteers per day for four weeks during tornado response in Polk County, Ga. in 1993
  • Honored with “Joy Padgett Johnson Day” in Cedartown, Ga. on March 12, 1985 in recognition of outstanding contributions to her community

Weaving her magic

  • Brought weaving back to Berry’s campus by teaching the Viking Creations Student Enterprise the craft. She now serves as the group’s’ mentor, advisor for the business plan, and product marketing coach.
  • Organizes the Berry Handicrafts Networks and is the driving force behind the Weaving Crew at Alumni Work Week, earning the Golden Apple Award for service in 2014

A career in service

  • Led the state in adapting the highly successful Weight Off Wisely Program and the Child Safety Seat Loan Program. Her anti-litter campaign for grades K-2, reached 1500 students in two years.
  • Earned the University of Georgia’s Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service
  • On her retirement in 2001 after 28 years as an agent with the University System of Georgia’s Extension Service, named Emerita by the system’s Board of Regents, a title earned by only 2% of UGA Cooperative Extension Service Agents

Blessed to help

“The most valuable part of service to me is the moments I see a community, friend or family in need and am blessed the resources to help.”