Alumni Awards – Asbury University
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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!

2020 Award Presentations

A Award Recipients

Dr. Winston B. Smith ’50

Higher Education

Challenging students to pursue excellence and serve the Lord wholeheartedly marked the 30 years
Dr. Winston B. Smith ’50 served as a science professor, coach and advisor at Asbury (College) University.  Even after retirement, Winston remains engaged in the University and continues to invest in the lives of his former students.

As Biology professor or Department Chair in the classroom, and Dean of Men, Class Advisor, or AU’s first collegiate basketball coach outside the classroom, Winston has built a legacy training and serving the students of Asbury.  His deep love of Asbury and her mission is evident in the way he cares for her students, praying and mentoring them, teaching and challenging them even today in his retirement years.

Smith has six children who attended Asbury, as well as seven grandchildren.

Dr. Albin C. Whitworth ’60

Musician

Whether playing for chapel or entertaining guests at a White House Christmas Party, Albin Whitworth shares his God-given talents to glorify the Lord through music.  Those fortunate enough to hear Albin play experience an active offering of worship.  Students who have received instruction from Whitworth, sing his praises.

Whitworth, a professor of music and organ, is also a celebrated organist, pianist and composer, performing worldwide.  “Every time I play, I endeavor to use the skills God has given me to glorify Him through my music.  This is what I feel God has called me to do.”  And play he does.  Albin Whitworth is still playing as a part of Reunion 2020 at the age of 81.

Drs. JP ’83 and Helen Rehner ’80 Rader

Education/Administration

As former professors, the Raders have had a great impact on many Asbury students both in and out of the classroom.  Teaching, mentoring and coaching were a part of their mission while here at Asbury.  Helping students build capacity within themselves to grow and learn.  Students weren’t the only ones to benefit from the mentoring of the Raders.  JP Rader has a passion to develop faculty professionally, focusing on learning and building a culture of excellence.  Once those are in place, students can receive a quality education.

The Raders have also taught internationally, spreading the love of Christ in South Korea, Afghanistan and Singapore.  JP and Helen inspire students and teachers alike to strive for excellence and reach their fullest potential.  Their great love for God’s Kingdom permeates all they say and do.

They have three married children – all Asbury graduates – and five grandchildren.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Sarah Seaton ’05 Kuban

Producer

Sarah Seaton ’05 Kuban has been called an “influencer of the influencers”.  Through quality work in the television industry, the voice she brings to the table boldly shows others an excellent way of creating moral and upright stories that ultimately bring families together.  Sarah began her career working in sports production with ESPN, ABC Sports and NBC Sports before moving into news.  She produced at WLEX in Lexington, KY and WJLA in Washington, DC, where she helped facilitate the on-air promotional launch of POLITICO and earned an Emmy Award.  She has produced several incredibly successful series for the DIY Network and has joined the Discovery joint venture with Magnolia as programming executive.

Sarah, Kevin and their family live in Tennessee.

Volunteer of the Year

Dr. Steve Toadvine ’82

Dr. Steve Toadvine ’82 has spent countless hours in volunteer leadership to advance the science program at Asbury University, all while serving as Vice President at Baptist Health Lexington Hospital.  From attending and facilitating Science Think Tanks to consulting with the VP for Advancement on Covid Reunion decisions, Toadvine has tirelessly served Asbury.  He has participated in Science Department research presentations and been an on-camera spokesman for Asbury’s Collaborative Learning Center fundraising.  Along with Dr. Paul Cooney, Steve has coordinated the fundraising campaign to honor Dr. Winston B. Smith ’50 with the naming of a biology laboratory in the CLC in Smith’s honor.


Please help us celebrate the announcement of our award recipients at Reunion. We hope to see you there!

Past A Award Winners

Past Distinguished Young Alum Award Winners