Alumni Awards


The Alumni Association presents awards annually at homecoming to honor alumni, friends of the university, faculty, and staff for their accomplishments, service to the community and /or the university.

Do you know of someone who qualifies for an award? If so, please fill out the nomination form.


The purpose of the Distinguished Alumnus Award is to provide recognition for outstanding achievements by the alumni of Evangel University, Central Bible College and The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary..

Eligibility for the Award

This award shall be limited to alumni of Evangel University, Central Bible College and The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Nominees shall have made significant contributions to their chosen field, church, community, state, nation, or to the university.
Nominees must show current and continued interest in Evangel University.
No member of the Alumni Board of Directors shall be eligible for the Distinguished Alumnus Award so long as he or she remains a member.

Year AwardedRecipientMajor
2018(CBC) Dr. Mark BattersonBible
2018(EU) Dr. Barry CoreyBiblical Studies/English
2017(EU) Doug BroxsonPsychology
2017(CBC) Dary NorthropBible
2016Gen. Jeffery JohnsonElementary Education
2016(CBC) Rev. Greg BeggsBible
2015(CBC) Rev. David CrabtreeBible
2015Bob FergusonCommunication
2014Dr. Candace WickeMusic Education
2014(CBC) Rev. Jimmy JackBible
2012Dr. Carol Taylor (’73)Elementary Education
2011Don Zimmerman (’82)Accounting
2010Steve Grant (’76)Communication
2009Cori (Holsinger) Hartje (’79)Social Sciences & Elementary Education
2008The Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan (’75)Political Science
2007The Honorable Todd Tiahrt (’75)Business
2006Rev. Don Triplett (’74)Psychology
2004Kenneth I. Trujillo (’80)Government
2003Mrs. Beverly Lewis (’72)Music Education
2002Col. Cecil Richardson (’73)Biblical Studies
2001Mr. Kevin Compton (’80)Business Management
2000Rev. Wayne Tesch (’69)Biblical Studies/Physical Ed.
1999Dr. Raymond Schmidgall (’67)Accounting
1998Dr. James W. Long (’73)Biology
1997Mr. Thomas Paino III (’68)Social Science
1996Mr. Bernard Dana (’67)Accounting
1995Mr. Ted Papit (’70)Psychology/Social Science
1994Dr. Terry (’71) & Mrs. Diana Dwelle (’72)Chemistry & Music Ed.
1993Honorable Paul Spinden (’70)Political Science
1992Dr. Jo Ann Butrin (’75)Nursing
1991Mr. Charles David Burdine (’64)Accounting
1990Dr. Mary (Erickson) Eyanson (’70)Biology
1989Cpt. Vernon Clark (’67)Management
1988Mr. Rodger Parker (’66)Management
1987Mr. Arthur Guruswamy (’73)Biology
1986Dr. Fred Mihm (’70)Gen.Science/Early Child.
1985Dr. Augustus Cerillo, Jr. (’60)Social Science
1984Dr. Arnold (Bud) Greve (’66)Social Science
1983Dr. David W. Clark (’66)History
1982Dr. Warren E. Combs (’69)English
1981Dr. Klaus Elgert (’70)Biology
1980Dr. Douglas C. Chatfield (’64)Psychology
1979Mr. Russell V. Umphenour, Jr. (’66)Psychology
1978Dr. George Wood (’62)History/Rel/Philosophy
1977Dr. Paul Williams (’65)Science/Early Childhood
1976Mr. Paul G. Davidson (’62)Biology
1975Miss Ruby Peterson (’62)Psychology
1974Mr. C. Paul Trimble (’66)Social Science
1973Mr. Woodrow Nolan, Jr. (’59)Early Childhood
1972Mr. Donn E. Rediger (’60)Management
1971Dr. Charles Burks (’62)Psychology
1970Mr. Kenneth Moore (’60)General Science
1969Dr. Del Wayne Nimmo (’60)Biology
1968Dr. Thomas Zimmerman, III (’59)Psychology
1967Mr. Larry Matejka (’63)Psy/Early Childhood

The purpose of the Alumni President’s Award is to recognize alumni who have made extraordinary contributions outside of the traditional careers that generally are recognized by the Board’s other awards. This award need not be conferred each year, but only as the Board identifies outstanding accomplishments which it wishes to recognize.

Eligibility for the Award

The award shall be limited to alumni of Evangel University.
The ability to attend Homecoming in the year in which the award is to be given is a prerequisite for receiving the award.
Nominees shall have made significant accomplishments not related to a traditional career, which could include major community accomplishments, major Christian service contributions, or specific contributions to Evangel University.
Nominees must submit a completed nomination form and a letter of endorsement from their pastor or other clergy member.
Nominees must show current and continued interest in Evangel University.
No member of the Alumni Board shall be eligible for the Alumni President’s Award so long as he or she remains a member of the Alumni Board.

Year AwardedRecipientMajor
2018Mark Jahnke (’02)Broadcasting
2012Ron and Monique Harris (’92)Broadcasting
2011Dr. Ron Hohenadel (’71)Biology
2010Dr. Richard Honderick (’71)Biology
2009Dr. Nancy (Snook) Colbaugh (’70)Business
2008Merwin Pickney (’68)Business
2007Dr. Dayton A. Kingsriter (’65)Education
2006Dr. Marc McCorcle (’73)Biology
2004James V. Lupica (’70)Accounting
2003H. Allan Caldwell (’67)Social Science
2002Stan Remer (’66)Business
2001Mrs. Diana (Sample) Papit (’70)Sociology/Psychology
2000Mrs. Ann (Teuber) McSpadden (’66)Elementary Education
1999Mrs. Debra (Crocker) Jansen (’74)Psychology
1998Mrs. Bonnie (Robinson) Brewster (’60)Social Science
1997Mrs. Connie (Meyers) Cline (’63)Elementary Education
1996Rev. Judy (Homer) Rachels (’61)Elementary Education

The Alumni Board recognizes that many young alumni have enjoyed significant achievements in the few years since their graduation, although they may not yet have reached the height of their accomplishments. The purpose of this award is to recognize such young people.

Eligibility for the Award

This award shall be limited to alumni of Evangel University, Central Bible College and The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Nominees shall have made significant contributions to their chosen field, church, community, state, nation, or to university or seminary.
Nominees must show current and continued interest in Evangel University.
No member of the Alumni Board of Directors shall be eligible for the Outstanding Young Alumni Award so long as he or she remains a member.
Any recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award remains eligible to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award in future years.

Year AwardedRecipientMajor
2018(EU) George CarballoBible
2018(EU) Heather Rooney McBrideSpanish
2017(EU) Julia ArmstrongSocial Science
2017(CBC) Dan WoottonMusic
2016Delena SmallBiblical Studies
2016(CBC) Rev. Andy EstrellaBible
2015(CBC) Nick PooleUrban Ministries
2015Amanda Wachsmuth HeavensMathematics & English
2014Dr. John ClementsPre-Med
2014Rev. Bobby Hawk (CBC)Bible & Theology
2012Ryan Deboef (’01)Government
2011Dr. Greg Mundis Jr. (’99)Biology
2010Mark (’01) and Michelle (Myers) Jahnke (’03)Broadcast Journalism
2009Rev. Herbert Cooper (’97)Biblical Studies
2008Brenton DeBoef (’98)Chemistry
2007Dr. Eric Patterson (’94)Music Education and Biblical Studies
2006Ali Traub (’96)Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Spanish
2004Sara Groves (’94)History, English
2003Rob Sapp (’92)Music Education
2002Steve Poppen (’91)Accounting
2001Steve McLaurin (’89)Computer Science
2000Dr. Michael Kolstad (’88)Music Education
1999Mr. Marty Magehee (’85)Music Education
1998Dr. Kert Parsley (’89)Gov’t, Public Admin
1997Mr. John Porter (’84)HPER
1996Mr. G. Stanton Masters (’84)Social Science
1995Rev. Dick Van Huss (’81)Management
1994Mrs. Bobbi (Abram) Herring (’81)Secretary Admin AA
1993Dr. Nancy (Krizek) Karlin (’84)Psychology
1992Dr. Darin Brannan (’82)Biology
1991Dr. Clint Gabbard (’81)Bible/Music
1990Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger (’79)Music
1989Mr. Robert Ferguson (’82)Communications
1988Mr. Ronald Holt (’75)Drama/Early Childhood
1987Mr. Norm Mintle (’74)Communications

The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award is to recognize faculty, staff and friends of Evangel University for outstanding contributions to Evangel University. This award is given at the discretion of the Alumni Board. The Alumni Board may give one, several, or no Distinguished Service Award(s) in any year.

Eligibility for the Award

Recipient(s) must have made a significant contribution to Evangel University.
The Distinguished Service award may be given posthumously.
Unless the award is given posthumously, the recipient(s) should show a current and continued interest in Evangel University.
Unless the Award is given posthumously, the ability to attend Homecoming in the year in which the award is to be presented is a prerequisite to receive the award.

Date AwardedRecipientRelation to Evangel
2012Jim Williams (’63)Vice President, Faculty member
2012Gary and Faye LiddleRetired faculty and Athletics staff
2011Dr. Duane HuechtemanFaculty, 1976-present
2011Dr. Becky HuechtemanFaculty, 1981-present
2011Bill AyresStaff, 1981-present
2010Mr. David FillmoreStaff, 1977-2008
2010Dr. Eliezer OyolaFaculty, 1976-present
2009Mrs. Betty SchoolfieldStaff, 1978-present
2009Mr. David StairFaculty, 1976-present
2008Mrs. Marilyn CampbellStaff, 1976-present
2008Reverend Woodvall MooreFaculty, 1976-present
2007Dr. Mark McLeanFaculty, 1982-2007
2007Mrs. Carol StairStaff, 1981-2010
2006Dr. Robert TurnbullFaculty, 1973-present
2006Mrs. Cathryn VincelStaff, 1973-present
2006Mrs. Anne SpenceFirst Lady, 1974-present
2004Dr. Pansy CollinsFaculty, 1974-2004
2004Mr. Bill BallingerStaff, 1967-2005
2004Mr. Orville W. Mills Jr.EU Board, 1986-2004
2003Mrs. Bobbie DukeStaff, 1984-present
2003Mrs. Beth McLellan (’66)Music Education 1959-2010
2002Mr. David RichardsonFaculty, 1984-2002
2002Mr. Gary Nivens (’75)1973-2005
2001Dr. Eleanor SylerFaculty, 1979-2000
2001Mrs. Jimmie HeadleyStaff, 1976-2000
2000Dr. Turner CollinsFaculty, 1971-2004
2000Rev. Hubert MorrisAdministrator, 1981-1995
1999Mrs. Twila EdwardsFaculty, 1974-1999
1999Mr. George CrawfordAdministrator, 1974-present
1998Dr. B. Arthur EricksonFaculty, 1968-2001
1998Mr. Charles AskewStaff, 1974-1999
1997Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger IIIFaculty, 1971-1997
1997Mr. Tom KeltnerStaff, 1970-present
1996Miss Sandra SorboFaculty, 1964-2000
1996Mrs Anna Pearl FenderStaff, 1974-1997
1995Mr. John ShowsFaculty, 1966-2007
1995Mrs. Naomi YatesStaff, 1968-2005
1994Mr. John L. “Jack” BlizzardFaculty, 1965-94
1994Mr. Gene ThomlinsonStaff, 1969-present
1993Mrs. Elsie (posthumously) ElmendorfFaculty, 1965-94
1993Mr. Milburn ElmendorfFaculty, 1960-75
1993Dr. Calvin JohanssonFaculty, 1964-2003
1993Mrs. Virginia WilsonStaff, 1968-88
1992Dr. Glenn BernetFaculty, 1963-85
Administrator, 1985-present
1992Mrs. Juanita ColbuaghStaff, 1970-1994
1992Dr. Billie DavisFaculty, 1981-92
1991Mrs. Frances BerkihiserStaff, 1957-77
1991Dr. James EdwardsFaculty, 1963-present
1991Mrs. Cleta FaucettStaff, 1965-89
1990Dr. June KeanFaculty, 1955-59, 71-98
1990Dr. Ward WilliamsAcademic Dean 1960-70 Faculty, 1970-74
1990Mrs. Georgia GunnStaff, 1976-90
1989Dr. Alex KarmarkovicFaculty, 1964-92
1989Dr. Raymond BrockFaculty, 1966-85
1989Mr. Clifford and Mrs. June CreekStaff, 1967-91
1988Dr. Joseph BohanonFaculty, 1963-1968, Sabbatical, 1968-69, Leave of absence 1969-70, Faculty, 1971-2009
1988Mr. Lee WilkersonStaff, 1971-85
1988Miss Grace WaltherFaculty, 1955-77
1987Dr. Walter ErnstFaculty, 1957-60, 1967-87
1987Dr. Thurman VanzantFaculty, 1992-1998
Dean of Students, 1957-92
Sabbatical 1965-1968
Pastored 1974,76
1987Mrs. Grace VaughnStaff, 1967-87
1986Mrs. Edna BakerFaculty, 1959-81
1986Dr. Virgil & Mildred NicholsonFaculty, 1963-86
1986Miss Betty ChaseStaff 1958-72, 1974-2007
1985Dr. Zenas BicketFaculty, 1963-89
1985Mr. Chuck WetterAdministrator, 1979-85
1984Dr. Joseph NicholsonFaculty, 1960-91
1984Mrs. Marie LinkStaff, 1963-84
1983Dr. Steve E. DavidsonFaculty, 1958-1996
1983Mr. Claude LinkStaff, 1972-80
1982Dr. Nonna DolanFaculty, 1957-85
1982Dr. Robert H. SpencePresident, 1974-present
1981Dr. Don PearsonFaculty, 1956-93
1981Mr. Harland KingsriterStaff, 1963-81
1980Dr. Richard D. StrahanDean, 1955
1980Mr. Emmett DavisStaff, 1966-76
1977Mr. William GunnHonorary Alumnus Award 1962-63
1976Mrs. Mary Ann McCorcleOutstanding Services Award
ECLA President
1975Mr. Doyle BurgessHonorary Alumnus Status
1974Dr. J. Robert AshcroftPresident, 1958-74