The CCU Alumni Association sponsors three annual awards for Alumni: Distinguished Alumni Award, Excellence in Ministry Award and the Alumni Encouragement Award.
The Distinguished Alumni Award began in 1982 to recognize outstanding life-long ministry, loyalty to Christ and support of our alma mater. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented each year by the Alumni Association President at the Commencement Service in May. Plaques with the names and inscriptions describing the ministry for each recipient are on display in the upper hallway of President’s Hall. The complete list of Distinguished Alumni is below.
The Excellence in Ministry Award began in 2003 and is given to alumni who have been out of school less than 15 years and have demonstrated outstanding success in ministry. The award is given during the evening worship service of the annual Alumni Reunion program and is presented by the Alumni Association President. The complete list of the Excellence in Ministry Awards is below.
The Alumni Encouragement Award begins in 2012. It is a monetary award of an amount designated by the Alumni Council. It is given to an alumnus who wishes to begin a new ministry, significantly expand an existing ministry, or pursue further education to prepare for a specific ministry focus/goal. The recipient will be asked to provide an update of progress after one year. The award will be presented by the Alumni Association President during a chapel service during the winter semester.
Nominations Requested for Alumni Awards
Nominations for any of the above alumni awards are encouraged. Please review the description of the award and forward the name (s) along with a summary of why you have nominated this person to alumni@CCUniversity.edu. The deadline for nominations for the Distinguished Alumni and Alumni Encouragement awards is December 31. The deadline for the Excellence in Ministry award is June 1.
Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2012
Jim (’59) and Carolyn (’58) Walker have been married 54 years and have been faithfully serving in ministry together for over 60 years. They have ministered in Cadiz and Winchester, Ohio, and then for over 30 years in Liverpool and Clarence, NY. They led in the establishment of the Mountain View Christian Camp near Dansville, NY. Jim also led in the establishment of The New York Christian Institute in his church in Clarence, NY. Carolyn continues to serve as pianist in the Clarence Church of Christ, which she has done for 43 years. She has been a pianist in churches since she was 14 years old. They have 4 children – Jonathan, Jeffry, J. Andrew and Jennifer.
Marian Bennett met Paul at CBS and they were married in 1949 and graduating in 1950. Paul and Marian worked as a team leading music for revivals, working in camps and directing choirs as Paul ministered in Indiana, West Virginia and Illinois. During those years they were blessed with three daughters; Kathy, Becky, Sharon and a son, David. But life changed abruptly when Paul lost his life in a plane crash in 1965. In 1970, Marian began working at Standard Publishing beginning as a secretary and then developing, writing and editing Sunday School curriculum. She wrote 40 books for children and co-wrote another 22. Her favorite was God Made Puppies, which is still available in Christian bookstores. Marian continues to play piano at her church and at retirement homes and is a volunteer at CCU.
Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2011
David and Shirley Phillips met at CCU, married in 1951, and have been inseparable ever since. Dave has served as preaching minister in six churches, all in Ohio. In addition, he has had varied ministries with several Christian organizations. He was chairman of the National Bible Bowl for 10 years, Director of CEF in Cincinnati, Trustee and Director of CBA and Mt. Health Christian Home in Cincinnati.
Ron and Marilyn Fisher were married in her home church in Flora, IL, in 1956. Ron taught English while a graduate student at CCU. They served churches in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan from 1949 to 1971 when Ron was called to teach at Great Lakes Christian College where he served until retiring in 2001. During their 30 year tenure at GLCC, the Fishers also ministered on weekends with the Northview Christian Church in Coldwater, MI.
Phyllis Rine was honored posthumously this year. After graduation, Phyllis went to the Congo where she first taught at a Mission School. She then accepted a call to move to Stanleyville to reopen a mission. In 1964, the insurgent Congolese rebels seized the city. After 111 days, US planes dropped Belgian paratroopers to rescue the missionaries, but for Phyllis it was too late. Earlier that day rebels massacred 250 people including Phyllis. She is remembered as the first female martyr from the Restoration Movement. Today, one of the Women’s residences on the CCU campus bears her name.
Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2010
Ray and Judy Linn both graduated from CCU – Judy in ’56 and Ray in ’58. All three of their children and their spouses are graduates of CCU. Son David and his wife Donna have served as missionaries in Venezuela for 21 years and David is the President of the National Missionary Convention this year. Son Scott and his wife Beth are church planters in Maine. Daughter Jennifer and her husband Brian serve on the staff at Traders Point in Indianapolis. The Linns also have 10 grandchildren who are faithfully serving the Lord. Granddaughter Deshay received her CCU degree this year. Ray and Judy have faithfully supported CCU financially and have encouraged over 60 young men and women to enroll here. Ray has been a trustee for 12 years. The Linns ministered with the Waterford Church of Christ (6 years) and at the Heath, OH, Church of Christ for 38 years. Ray has continued to preach nearly every Sunday during their nine years of retirement. The Linns believe the heart of Christian service is “loving God and loving people.”
Rosena Hagee was reared on a farm and walked a mile to a one-room schoolhouse for her grammar school education in Roberson County, KY. She graduated from CCU in 1954 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s in Education from Miami University. Rosena married Joseph, also a student at CCU, in 1957. They have two sons who attended CCU and four grandchildren. Rosena was a Public School teacher in Mason, OH, for 30 years. Many of her students enjoyed her instruction six days a week: five in elementary school and again in Sunday School on Sundays. Rosena and Joe served with the South Norwood Church and then as charter members with Christ Church of Mason. She continues to serve at Mason with the Missions Committee and the Music Ministry having also served as Financial Secretary and Sunday School Teacher for many years. Rosena has been very active in the CCU Alumni Association serving as the Secretary and volunteering regularly for activities on campus for many years. She counts it a privilege to have lived in Cincinnati the fifty years since her CCU days so that her service and involvement could continue with her alma mater.
H. Sherwood and Ermalene Evans were born near Brooksville, KY. They were married in 1954 and have been blessed with three daughters: Janna (Danny) Rigney, Leah, and Tina (Stuart) Jackson and four grandchildren. Sherwood received the AB degree from CCU in 1956 and the MA in 1958. He is a licensed nursing home administrator with Core of Knowledge from Ohio State University. Sherwood has held ministries in Kentucky at Powersville, New Corinth, Springfield, Northern Heights in Lexington and South Louisville. In 1975 he became director of the Christian Restoration Association in Cincinnati for eleven years. In 1986 he became the first campus administrator of Mason Christian Village, and was called in 1999 to Sayre Christian Village in Lexington as CEO, then Foundation Director until 2004. He later served as Ministries Executive with Indian Hills church in Danville, KY, through 2008. During these years Ermalene served as news editor and secretary for Christian Standard and marketing director for Sayre Village’s Friendship Towers. Sherwood was a trustee at CCU for 13 years and National Prayer Chairman for the NACC. He is a past chairman of the board of Kentucky Association of Not-for-Profit Homes and Services and has served on the Kentucky Task Force on Aging Kentuckians; the board of Central Kentucky Planned Giving Counsel; and, the Community Faculty of the College of Allied Health Sciences, University of Kentucky.
Recipients in past years have been:
1982 Dan Eynon (’29, ’30), T. K. Smith, Mrs. William J (Emalu) Smith, Virgil Felton
1983 Jessica Floyd (’45), Ruth Smith, Isabel Dittemore, Sam Hamilton (’41, ’44)
1984 W. Robert Palmer (’40, ’52), Harland Cary (’43), John Chase, Orrin Root (’35)
1985 L. Edsil Dale, Lawrence Layman, Orval M. Morgan
1986 J. Willis and Velma Hale, Olin Hay (’35, ’38), Robert Lillie
1987 John Wilson (’34), Seth Wilson (’36), Hideo Yoshii
1988 William Boice (’39), W. C. Burris (’29), Ray and Imogene Carlson
1989 Roy (’44, ’45) and Martha (’43) Blackmore, Mac (’51) and Wilma (’48) Coffey, Guy and Thelma Mayfield, Charles and Jesse Lee Troyer, Paul (’50) and Jean Banta
1990 Don and Marianne Baughman, Bertha Filer (’34, ’39), Art and Ruth Morris, Edward Forehand (’37, ’43), Wilke Winter, William Wilson (’55)
1991 Earl (’50, ’53) and Willa (att’d) Sims, Jim (’39) and Jeanette Irby, Barton and Betty (’38) McElroy, John (’47) and Freda Carter
1992 Fred Smith, Max Ward Randall (’42, ’43), Brant Lee Doty, Cecil Bennett (’48)
1993 Lewis Foster (’44, ’46), Harvey Bream, Jr. (’44), William McGilvrey (’39)
1994 Ralph Dornette (’48), Rolland Steever (’39, ’44), Charles (’45) and Roberta (’45) Selby
1995 Tibbs Maxey (’42, ’43), James Fehl (’59), Woodrow Perry
1996 Richard Burton (’51), Tom Friskney (’51, ’55), E. Ray Jones (’51)
1997 Barbara Curie, Peggy Hileman (’55), O. George Stansberry (’47, ’49), Dana Eynon (’52)
1998 Imogene Williams (’46), Art (’54) and Mabel (’49) Merkle, Paul (’52) and Alice (’49) Wiener
1999 John (’48) and Barbara (’47, ’48) Wade, George Fisher, William (’46) and Jean (’43) Roland
2000 Charles (’45, ’46) and Velda (’46) Matthews, Roy (’74, ’83) and Beth (’73, ’75) Mays, Gene (att’d) and Elinor (att’d) McElroy, Paul (’49) and Kathleen (’47) Pratt
2001 Wayne Smith (’52), Lillian Ford (’49), Horace (’39) and Wilma (’40) Dabney, R. J. (’50) and Patsy (att’d) Kidwell
2002 Reuben (’56,’57) and Lynn (’58) Bullard, June Crowl (’52), Bill Gaslin (’50), Wayne Spangler (’50)
2003 David (’58) and Eva (att’d) Grubbs, Ellis (’50) and Vonda (’51) Wesner, Bill (’53, ’56) and Betty Bravard, Jack (’49) and Charlotte Ballard
2004 Charles (’62) and Elizabeth (att’d) Delaney, Robert (’52) and Barbara (att’d) Shannon, Robert (’50) and Thelma Tinsky
2005 Lloyd Pelfrey (’53, ’55), Wally Rendel (’64) and Jitendra (Jay) Henry (’74)
2006 Bob (’65) and Judy (’64) Russell, LaVern (’54, ’60) and Lois (’52) Morse, Marjorie Miller (’46) and Ward Patterson (’56, ’58)
2007 Doug (’51) and Lois (’51) Smith, F. Sherwood Smith (’58, ’59) and Ernest (’52) and Neva (’51) Faber
2008 Lowell (’54) and Jane (’56) Jackson
2009 E. Richard Crabtree (’48), Ruth Vanhorn, John (’54) and Polly (att’d) Mullen
2010 Ray (’58) and Judy (’56) Linn, Rosena Hagee (’54), H. Sherwood (’56, ’58) and Ermalene (att’d) Evans
2011 David (’51) and Shirley (att’d) Phillips, Ron (’51, ’54) and Marilyn (att’d) Fisher, Phyllis Rine (’61)
2012 Jim (’59) and Carolyn (’58) Walker, Marian Bennett (’50)
Excellence in Ministry Award
Each year the Alumni Association honors one of CCU’s younger alumni with the Excellence in Ministry Award. It is given to recognize an outstanding ministry for the cause of Christ on the mission field, in a church or in any other Christian ministry. The award is given in the fall as part of the IMPACT/Reunion program.
Recent recipients have been
2003 – Steve (’07) and Stacey (att’d) Wilkin
2004 – Brad (’93) and Joy (’92) Canning
2005 - Paul Dyke (’95)
2006 - Brian Richards (’93)
2007 - Toby (’94) and Amy (’95) Hill
2008 - Steve Yeaton (’92)
2009 - Karis Pratt (’97)
2010 - Brian (’96) and Allison (att’d) Moll
2011 - Brett (’00, ’01) and Heather (’01) Seybold
For more information on Alumni Awards, contact us at 800-949-4CCU ext. 8112 or alumni@CCUniversity.edu