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Twenty alumni to be honored at Alumni Awards Banquet today

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The Marshall University Alumni Association will recognize 20 people and an alumni club at its 76th annual Alumni Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The banquet is the final event in Marshall's Alumni Weekend.

Here is a list and some information on those who are being honored:

National awards

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD: Dr. David Wiley, an associate professor of instructional psychology and technology at Brigham Young University, received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Marshall University in 1997. He earned his doctoral degree in instructional psychology and technology at BYU in 2000. Wiley was chief openness officer of Flat World Knowledge, founder of the Open High School of Utah, associate professor of Instructional Technology, and founder and director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning at Utah State University.

ALUMNUS COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Lt. Col. Kenneth L. Hale is the state equal employment manager for the West Virginia National Guard in Charleston. He earned credits at Marshall University, and graduated with a regents bachelor of arts from West Virginia State University in business in 1984. He has been recognized for his many unpaid hours of community service with the Air Force Outstanding Volunteer Service Ribbon, and the local branch Roy L. Wilkins Meritorious Service Award. He has 28 years of service as a Little League football coach and serves on many committees throughout the area. Hale has made significant contributions to the community through his membership with Omega Psi Phi fraternity, which was incorporated in 1974 through the Nu Beta Chapter at Marshall.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: James P. "Jim" Summers, a 1970 Marshall graduate, has been director of development at Zeta Beta Tau Foundation, a nonprofit corporation exclusively committed to educational and charitable purposes associated with the Jewish fraternity. Summers has 35 years of corporate sales, business development and national account management experience. While a student, he served as Marshall's mascot, Marco. He moved to Atlanta 35 years ago and became one of the founding members of the Marshall University Atlanta Club.

Awards of distinction

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION: Margaret Pace, who earned a B.A. in special education/elementary education from Marshall in 1965, is director of Special Education in Mercer County.

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS: Michael K. Paxton is an artist with more than 35 years of work. He graduated from Marshall in 1975 with a B.A. in Art.

COLLEGE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING: Paul Mattox is commissioner of Highways and Secretary of Transportation for West Virginia and earned his master of science degree from Marshall University.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Charlie and Norma Carroll are Marshall University sweethearts. Charlie graduated in 1950 with a degree in business administration and Norma graduated in 1951 with a degree in business management. In 1975, Charlie Carroll established Carroll Insurance.

GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR EXTENDED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Dr. Dixie Billheimer is the chief executive officer of the West Virginia Center for Professional Development.She holds a coctor of education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology, as well as an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction with a minor in instructional technology from Marshall.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: Sen. Ron Stollings, M.D., is a member of the Marshall University School of Medicine's Class of 1982. He represents the 7th senatorial district in the West Virginia State Senate.

W. PAGE PITT SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS: Todd Marcum is president of Access Advertising & Public Relations in Roanoke, Va., and a 1983 graduate of Marshall University.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE: Dr. Gary Ellis is a top pigment expert at Flint Pigments. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1976 and master's degree in chemistry in 1977, both from Marshall University.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS: Phyllis Arnold is retired state president of BB&T West Virginia and Regional President of BB&T West Virginia Central Region. She received an M.B.A. from Marshall University.

COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS: Marty Blenko, director of Rehabilitation Services at Cabell Huntington Hospital, graduated with a master's in speech pathology and audiology in 1978.

YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD: Jacob G. Hill is a December 2011 graduate of Marshall University, district manager with City Ice and Fuel Company in Point Pleasant, chairman of the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta and has served on the executive committee of the Mason, Gallia and Meigs Big Green Scholarship Foundation chapter.

DR. CAROLYN B. HUNTER DISTINGUISHED FACULTY SERVICE AWARD: Charles W. Clements, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Health.

CAM HENDERSON AWARD: Zachary Hunter, who has a double major in chemistry and applied mathematics, played soccer for the Thundering Herd while maintaining a 3.74 grade point average.

NANCY PELPHREY HERD VILLAGE SCHOLARSHIP: Ariel Meeks, a Hurricane, W.Va., native, is a member of the Marshall cheerleading squad, majoring in communication disorders. Scott David Nibert from Point Pleasant is a music education major at Marshall, where he plays in the marching band and the pep band, is in the Marshall University Chorus and the Marshall University Orchestra, and is a member of Fairness West Virginia and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

NATE RUFFIN SCHOLARSHIP: Taylor Davis, a native of Pittsburgh, is a junior studying communication disorders with a minor in psychology.

CLUB OF THE YEAR: Atlanta, Ga., receives the award for the third time. The club's president is John Gilmore.

Alumni Weekend schedule

Here is a schedule for Marshall University Alumni Weekend events on Saturday, April 27:

11 a.m. Former Young Thundering Herd football player Bill Forbes will be the keynote speaker for the annual ceremony to turn the Memorial Fountain. The fountain was turned off on Nov. 14 in remembrance of the victims of the 1970 plane crash.

Forbes was recruited by Coach Jack Lengyel and played linebacker for Marshall from 1973 to 1976. He was an all-state player at Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, W.Va. Forbes now gives motivational speeches throughout the country. His wife, the former Victoria Seabolt, also is a Marshall graduate. They live in Largo, Fla.

11:30 a.m. The Class Luncheon honoring the 50th (1963) reunion class and the Grand Class (those who graduated before 1963). Cost to attend is $20 per person.

2 p.m. The Green and White football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The West, Annex and Softball parking lots open at 9 a.m. Parking is $20 per spot on the day of the game and tickets to the game are $10 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under.

The stadium's Gate A ticket office will open at 10 a.m. for the Choose Your Seat program. Not all seats will be available for sale until after the renewal deadline on May 10. Customer service representatives will be available to answer all questions regarding season tickets. Open seats will not be marked.

Gates will open for all Green and White game fans at 12:30 p.m. Seating will be on the west side only and all fans, including MU students, must enter through Gates A, B and C. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who do not have a ticket prior to the game must be prepared to present a valid MU ID at the gates.

7 p.m. The 7th annual Alumni Awards Banquet honoring distinguished alumni and friends in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. Cost to attend is $75 per person or $140 per couple.

For more information about Alumni Weekend, call 304-696-2901.