UWPIAA Awards Go Live

Would you like to know who, in your cast or crew, has received an award? Do you want to read about all the alumni who received the J. Blanton Belk Award? Or how about the Outstanding Cast and Crew Reps? Well, now you can by going directly to our website and clicking “Alumni Award Recipients” … Read more

2023 James E. MacLennan Everyday Heroes

Jill Finnerty Ricardo – ’93E What is an Everyday Hero? Meet Jill Finnerty Ricardo, who embodies the spirit of Up with People in all that she does and is an inspiration on how to live a life dedicated to the service of others. For 30 years, Jill has served tirelessly as the cast representative for Cast … Read more

2023 Outstanding Cast/Crew Representative

Martha “Marty” Elcan – ’73A Serving as a Cast Rep requires a diverse set of skills to keep things organized among a cast of 150 alumni that traveled fifty years ago and is still active today.  In the end, it takes a talented director to manage the on-going reality show, “The Up with People Cast … Read more

2023 J. Blanton Belk Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna

Maria Amalia Souza – ’83E Maria Amalia Souza (’83E) touched the heart and soul of each and every castmate during her Up with People travels. Her efforts continue to inspire not only her cast, but all those who know her. Maria’s impact on the world was made apparent earlier this year when, to mark the United Nations’ … Read more