Joyce Ringer Receives 2010 Pamela Sheffield Award
Sept. 20, 2010
AUBURN -- Auburn Alumnus Dr. Joyce Ringer is the 2010 recipient of the Pamela Sheffield Award. The Sheffield Award is presented annually to a woman who "best embodies selfless service and a commitment to Auburn University and the Auburn family." She was presented the award during a ceremony at the football game versus Clemson.
Dr. Ringer is a 1959 graduate of Auburn and the retired executive director of the Georgia Advocacy Office.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Ringer graduated from the College of Education at Auburn and continued her studies at Georgia State University where she earned a masters degree in special education followed by a PhD in administration.
"Teachers influence the future of the world," Ringer said. "The calling of teaching is such a blessing. To be able to help support teachers and the College of Education and the professors who help guide teaching, it's just so important for the future of the world. I'm very glad that I've had the opportunity to do that and I'm appreciative of the College of Education and what they do."
Outside the classroom, Dr. Ringer has served as president of the Auburn Men's Basketball Tip-Off Club, is a current member of WINGS, and serves on the Tigerzone board. Dr. Ringer has also served as a student-athlete tutor for several sports at Auburn.
"Dr. Joyce Ringer is certainly a worthy recipient of this prestigious award as she embodies all that it represents. Dr. Ringer has impacted countless lives through teaching in the College of Education and has long supported Auburn student-athletes and Auburn Athletics. It was an honor for us to recognize her for her many outstanding contributions to Auburn."
The Pamela Wells Sheffield Award was established April 27, 1991 to honor, commemorate and perpetuate the memory and good works of Pamela Wells Sheffield.
Pamela Wells Sheffield was a 1965 graduate of Auburn. She married an Auburn man and she sent her children to Auburn. She was, by any definition, the consummate Auburn woman. Her love for Auburn went beyond affection. Her love was a commitment to Auburn and to its people, its students, staff, faculty and alumni. Auburn people were, and are, her people.