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Since 1946 the Asbury University Alumni Association has recognized alumni who have achieved distinction professionally and demonstrated loyalty to Asbury University and been out of school for 20 years or more through the “A Award”. A Awards are typically given to those who are celebrating a banner class year reunion. In 2000 the Distinguished Young Alum Award was added to honor an alumnus under 40 years of age and out of school a minimum of five years. Nominate someone today!

2018 Alumni AwardsAsbury alumni

Pictured Left to Right:
Diane Nelson ’83 Ury, Dr. Bill Ury ’78, Dr. Sandra C. Gray, Greg Lucid ’00, Carol Amey ’78, Rev. Tom Atkins ’68
(Not Pictured: Dr. Walt Shaw ’63, Rowena Phillips ’63 Shaw, LCDR Kyle Calton ’03)

A Award Winners

Dr. Walt ’63 and Rowena Phillips ’63 Shaw

As the principal architect behind the unprecedented growth of Avanti Polar Lipids, Inc., Walt is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on lipid synthesis/manufacturing, research and analysis. Since founding Avanti in 1967, he and Rowena, Avanti’s vice president, have been instrumental in Avanti’s ranking as the world leader in lipid production and analysis. Walt earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University, and a doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to his role at the helm of an internationally recognized lipid manufacturing company, Walt served as director of the Lipid Standards and Production Chemistry Core for the LIPID MAPS Initiative in Lipidomics. Rowena stayed at home to raise their children then took on running Avanti’s daily operations full time in 1978 and has been doing it ever since. Walt has served on several scientific advisory boards with universities and biotechnology companies. He continually supports the scientific community through meetings, symposia and awards to recognize outstanding individuals in the area of lipid research. The Shaws are steering committee co-chairs of Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University.

Rev. Tom Atkins ’68

Tom is a 1968 graduate of Asbury University and a 1971 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. During his senior year at Asbury University, he met and married Susan Thielman ’69, who has been his helpmate in life and ministry for almost 50 years. He was a United Methodist pastor the first 23 years of ministry and a full-time evangelist for the past 24. He has a strong emphasis on Scriptural Holiness in revivals and camp meetings. Tom has preached in 29 states and seven foreign countries. He has served as vice president of the board of directors of the East-West Church & Ministry Repost, president of the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists and president of the Asbury University Alumni Board. Tom presently serves on the board of directors of Wesley Foundation at the University of Georgia and is an approved speaker for the Francis Asbury Society. In 2014, Tom was awarded the Philip Award for outstanding evangelism at the national meeting of the Council on Evangelism of the United Methodist Church. More than 20 young people have graduated from Asbury University because of Tom’s influence. Tom and Susan have two married sons, Matthew ’93 and Andrew ’97, and six grandchildren.

Dr. Bill ’78 and Diane Nelson ’83 Ury

Bill and Diane have been married since 1984 and have enjoyed a life of ministry together. In 2017, they began to minister within The Salvation Army as National Ambassadors for Holiness, serving throughout the United States as well as abroad. Bill is a member of the class of 1978, a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, and holds a Ph.D. from Drew University. He taught Historical and Systematic Theology at Wesley Biblical Seminary for 23 years. His podcast, “The Hour of Holiness,” comes from 21 years of an ongoing AFR program. Bill has authored several articles and books. Diane is a member of the class of 1983, and holds an M.A. in Theology from Wesley Biblical Seminary. Both Bill and Diane are ordained elders in the Evangelical Methodist Church, have pastored together, and have spent decades discipling men and women. They are fully committed to the historic bases and contemporary expressions of consensual Christianity and the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Their personal desire is to incorporate sound, rigorous Christian theological thinking with pastoral care and true compassion. All four of the Ury’s children, and one son-in-law, are graduates of Asbury University: Matt ’08 and JoAnna ’09, Maddi ’11, Meredith ’15 and Seth ’17. Their grandchildren are their constant joy.

2018 Young Alum Awardee

LCDR Kyle Calton ’03

Kyle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Science from Asbury University (2003) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky (2004). After graduation, he attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., where he received his commission in April 2005. Following commissioning, Kyle attended Nuclear Power and Basic Submarine training. From 2006 to 2009, he served onboard USS Alexandria (SSN 757) as chemistry and radiological controls assistant, assistant engineer and assistant operations officer as the ship completed two overseas deployments. In 2009, he served as the lead submarine tactics instructor at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn. From 2012 to 2015, he served as combat systems officer onboard USS Hartford (SSN 768) as the ship completed an overseas deployment. In 2015, he reported to the Commander Submarine Squadron 4 as the operations officer. Kyle relieved as the executive officer onboard USS North Dakota (SSN 784) in December 2017. He departs in July for an overseas deployment and will return in January 2019. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards. He and his wife, Rachel, have two sons, Brennan and Bryce.

Volunteer of the Year

Greg Lucid ’00

Greg has invested countless hours in volunteer leadership with a desire to further God’s Kingdom through the educational ministry of Asbury University. He has creatively used his profession to advance the University, including producing the Asbury Concert Series (summer 2017), donating Asburybranded Hymns for the Seasons CD sets to be used for donor stewardship (Christmas 2017), facilitating entertainment for various events on campus, and opening the door for Asbury to be part of Sandi Patty’s Alaska Cruise (summer 2018). Additionally, Greg has hosted regional alumni events and has served on the Alumni Board for the past six years.

Appreciation Award

Carol Amey ’78

The Alumni Board recognizes Carol for her more than 40 years of service in Asbury’s Health Clinic.


Past A Award Winners

Past Distinguished Young Alum Award Winners