Former semi-pro baseball player Cliff Craven receives one of Top Honors at Greensboro College

Posted by Andy Durham on April 7, 2010 at 11:39 am under College | 4 Comments to Read

This man has done it all….Played high school baseball at Southeast Guilford(His son Matt played there too), played amateur baseball and semi-pro baseball all over the state with Sonny’s Funnies(Sonny Cashion) and many other teams(with Fletcher Donnell) and now Cliff Craven has received one of the Top Honors given to a member of the staff at Greensboro College….Let’s hear it for Cliff, one of the best people you will ever meet and one of the long-time top baseball people in our area….Good Job Cliff…..

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro College today presented its inaugural Ann P. Lojko Distinguished Staff Awards to two staff members, both of whom also are graduates of the college. The winners were selected by their co-workers.

Among employees with five years or less of service, the winner was Daniel Chambers ’09, an information-technology support specialist. Among employees with more than five years of service, the winner was Cliff Craven ‘86 of the Physical Plant staff.

One co-worker of Chambers’s who nominated him wrote, “He goes well beyond the call of duty in carrying out his responsibilities. … His respect for others, coupled with his knowledge and ability to ‘fix it all,’ make him a natural nomination.”

A co-worker of Craven’s wrote, “He is an alum who is the first to stop prospective students on tour to see where they are from and what they want to study and encourage them to choose Greensboro College. … He works long and hard like so many of our staff, but he is always the first to ask you what else (you need). He does this with a smile.”

The annual awards have been endowed by Jean Lojko, athletics director and long-time head volleyball coach, in honor of her mother, Ann P. Lojko, who retired as personnel administrator in 1989 after 24 years on the college business staff. They recognize full-time employees who “demonstrate an excellence in their work, routinely go above and beyond that which might be considered normal, work to find ways to improve the institution, and demonstrate dedicated service to students, the institution, the larger community, or the church.”

Jean Lojko, her sister and her two brothers all worked at summer jobs at the college while they were in high school and college. Ann Lojko, although retired for more than 20 years, remains active in the life of the college, supporting it financially and attending many campus events — including all home volleyball games.

Greensboro College is primarily an undergraduate college, also offering four master’s degrees. Coeducational and independent, the institution is located near downtown Greensboro. It was founded in 1838 and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


  • CRAIG said,

    Congratulations Cliff. You da man! Dad says watch out for the peanut shells.

  • Frankie said,

    Cliff, Sonny and Fletcher. Three of the best.

  • Sharon Moore said,

    Cliff! Congratulations for a job well done! We are proud of you and your accomplishements, but more than that, we are proud of the person you are!

    Sharon and Kevan Moore

  • KJ said,

    Any man that has to deal with Eldon and Brian all day is well deserving of an award!