Each year, alumnae are encouraged to submit nominations for distinguished alumnae awards that include achievement awards and awards in the category of service that are presented during Alumnae Weekend by the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association. Traditionally the service awards have been Distinguished Service to Wesleyan College, Distinguished Service to the Community, and Distinguished Service to the Church. As of Alumnae Weekend 2022, and forever henceforth, the award for Distinguished Service to Wesleyan is now named the Cathy Coxey Snow Award for Distinguished Service to Wesleyan in honor of Wesleyan College’s alumnae director since 1992.
Few have provided more intensely dedicated service to her alma mater than Cathy Coxey Snow, Classes of 1970 and 1971. Cathy has a unique history with the two classes. She entered Wesleyan in the fall of 1966 as a member of the Purple Knight Class of 1970. A devastating car accident at the beginning of her sophomore year left her in a body cast and facing months of recuperation at her home in Florida. Cathy did indeed recover, and she returned to Wesleyan in the fall of 1968 to take her place with the Golden Hearts of 1971.
Cathy has served Wesleyan as director of alumnae affairs for three decades, and has created and developed alumnae programs that other schools follow. In 2021, Almabase, a global company that focuses on alumnae relations and advancement programs, spotlighted her in its online monthly newsletter sent to alumnae professionals world-wide. Her service is notable, however, not because of the number of years she has served, but for the commitment, the talent, and the sheer love of Wesleyan she demonstrates every day. She has held positions to include vice president of the Macon Alumnae Club; decorations chair for Alumnae Weekend; Alumnae Weekend Chair, WCAA Board of Managers; co-chair for inauguration reception for President Robert K. Ackerman; Alumnae Link Program chair; class notes reporter for the alumnae magazine; class liaison; candlelighter; and served in other volunteer roles throughout the years.
Cathy has served as an ambassador for the College through her community involvement with organizations where it is important for Wesleyan to have a presence. These include executive board member, Career Women’s Network of Macon; president, American Association of University Women, Macon Chapter; president, Wesleyan Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi; president, The Morning Music Club of Macon; president, The History Club of Macon; president, The Macon Concert Association; board member, Macon Symphony Orchestra; board member, Macon-Bibb County Convention and Business Bureau; member DAR- Mary Hammond Washington Chapter.
As a student, Cathy was a Junior Marshal, editor of Wesleyan Creative Magazine, a Scribe, and a staff reporter for Times and Challenge. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Mu, Pi Delta Epsilon, Mortar Board, and earned semester honors, Student Recreation honors, and the Emmett S. Johnson Scholarship (STUNT), among her other campus activities.
At her 50th Anniversary Golden Belles dinner Thursday evening, April 21, 2022, Wesleyan College Alumnae Association President Jan Lawrence ’80 presented Cathy with a silver tray with this inscription:
In celebration of your dedication and devotion to Wesleyan College,
the Alumnae Association proudly honors
Cathy Coxey Snow '71
with the naming of the alumnae award to be the
Cathy Coxey Snow Distinguished Service to Wesleyan Award