Regius Award Winners
Among the many distinguished alumni from the Social Sciences Department at Evangel University, the following have been honored over the years with the receipt of the Regius Award. They are representative of the varied professions served by the Social Science disciplines.
*All titles reflect the position the recipients held at the time the award was presented.
Each academic discipline has emphases, purposes and approaches unique to that discipline. This is also true of the broad area called the Social Sciences.
The Regius Award has been established to honor Social Sciences alumni who have demonstrated outstanding qualities in both professional accomplishment and who have also shown interest in, and support for, the purposes and values of the Social Sciences.
American college have frequently made use of symbols from medieval Europe — the historical period when universities formally developed, especially as encouraged by the scholars of the Church. Evidence of this influence from the Middle Ages is everywhere present — from academic gowns to the liberal arts curriculum prized by the medieval scholars.
Many years ago scholars and faculty of the Social Sciences established an award to be given annually to university Social Science graduates who had brought honor to their university and to the Social Science disciplines. It was evident that the medieval ruler Alfred the Great symbolized many of the goals of the Social Sciences. He was noted for his good public administration. He improved the codes of law in his day. He encouraged historical scholarship and education. He strengthened the social and cultural institutions of his society. He translated into English the “World History” of Orosius in order to provide his citizens with understanding of other cultures and parts of the world.
As a well-known professor of English history has written, “Alfred had a high ideal of kingship, seeing it as a divine Christian trust for the benefit of the people.”
The Social Science award, therefore, was named the Regius Award (the King’s Award), recalling the good work of the medieval social scientist, King Alfred the Great.
The symbol of the Regius Award is that of the medieval royal knight leader, hand-crafted of slate in Wales. It serves as a reminder of the lofty purposes of the Social sciences — kingly honor and service.
1990: Bernard Bresson
- Established the Social Sciences Department at Evangel University
1990: Arnold (Bud) Greve
- Superintendent of Schools, Springfield, Missouri
1991: Donna Whiteman
- Secretary of Human Services of the State of Kansas
1992: Judge Paul Spinden
- Judge of the Missouri Court, Western Division
1993: Ted Papit
- CEO of Black-Eyed Pea Restaurants
1994: G. Stanton Masters
- Distinguished Attorney in Kansas City, Missouri
1995: Dr. David Moore
- Senior Director of Administration, Convoy of Hope
1996: Dr. Ronald Cleek
- Prosecuting Attorney, Christian County, Missouri
1996: Dr. Klaude Kendrick
- First President of Evangel University
1997: Dr. Alex Karmarkovic
- Contributed greatly to the Pre-law and Political Science Programs at Evangel University
1997: Dr. George O. Wood
- General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God
1998: Dr. David Clark
- President, Palm Beach Atlantic University
1999: Cori Holsinger Hartje
- Director, Marketing and Readiness, Worldwide Licensing and Pricing-Microsoft Corporation
2000: Allan Caldwell
- Assistant General Counsel, Koch Industries, Inc.
2001: Maria Rost Rublee
- Management Analysis, Environmental Protection Agency
2001: Gregory Rublee
- Branch Chief and Congressional Liaison, National Guard Bureau
2002: Dr. Daniel Johnson
- President, University of Toledo
2003: Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan
- Federal Judge of the Northern District of Illinois
2004/2005: Dr. J.C. Holsinger
- Contributed greatly to the Social Sciences Department and the History Program at Evangel
2006: Dr. Donald Smeeton
- Director of the Squires Library at Lee University
2007: the late Capt. Shane Mahaffee
- Fallen Hero of Iraq War, 489th Civil Affairs Battalion
2008: E.J. Arnold
- 2nd Secretary and Vice Consul Public Diplomacy Officer, Provincial Reconstruction Team, Diyala, Iraq
2009: Dr. Troy Paino
- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Truman State University
2010: Dr. John Deegan Jr.
- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs The National Defense University
2011: Bonnie Brewster
- Tulsa, Okla., area schoolteacher and has served more than 30 years with the Girl Scouts of America
2012: Mr. John D. Harper
- Vice President for External Affairs at Public Service Company of Oklahoma
2013: Mrs. Renee (Yniguez) Cotton
- Advocate for the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health