Albemarle resident receives Wingate University Alumni Award

O.J. Sikes, III receives alumni award from Dr. Jerry E. McGee
Kim Williams (704) 233-8320
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – Wingate University recently recognized O.J. Sikes, III, of Albemarle, at the 27th Annual Alumni Recognition Breakfast. The Alumni Breakfast held on Nov. 5 was part of the University’s Homecoming celebration.

Sikes, a 1961 graduate of Wingate University, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors the alumni who, through professional excellence and personal dedication, have been leaders in their communities. After graduating from Wingate, Vanderbilt University and UNC School of Public Health, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Peru.

Then he worked for the U.S. Public Health Service in S.C. and UNC’s Carolina Population Center in N.C. before moving to Paris to help launch UNESCO’s world-wide population education program. In 1975, he transferred to United Nations headquarters where he worked for the population fund, traveling to more than 55 countries to help them deal with population issues. Upon his retirement, he began a new career expanding his hobby as a cowboy music historian into a popular internet radio show called “Western Music Time, telling stories and playing the recorded music of the American West for listeners around the world.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to