Highlights from Reunion 2008
WILMORE, KY—Reunion 2008 welcomed back more than 980 Asburians and their families. Visit the reunion photo gallery. In addition to five-year reunion classes, the Art Department alumni came back in force. More than 120 gathered Saturday evening to celebrate Rudy Medlock’s years of teaching. Events included a Saturday night celebration, exhibit of Rudy Medlock’s work, alumni art show, pottery demonstration, picnic and a retirement party. Visit Keith Barker’s Web site to see a photo gallery of the weekend’s art reunion events.
The Salvation Army Band and Student Fellowship also drew a large number of alumni from the classes of 1949 to 2008. After just a few short rehearsals, the SASF Reunion Band and Choir presented our Concert of Praise on Sunday morning.
The baseball outing to the Legends on Thursday evening sold out. Meanwhile, another 150 were out at the Equine Center for a picnic before heading to Hughes for a musical evening with Dan ’93 and Renita Koehn.
Nearly $70,000 came in for the reunion gift, which completed the new online community, three years of matching funds for the new global impact award, and a start on funding for lights on the baseball field. This year the global impact awards were given to Victor and Beatriz Espinoza ’53 Zapata, Jonathan ’87 and Lisa Jordan ’88 Mayo and two other alumni whom we are unable to name due to country in whichthey serve. Our A Award recipients were Jiles E. Kirkland ’50, Ron ’63 and Bonnie Gill ’64 Koteskey, Dr. Robert W. Ogilvie ’58 and Beth Ziegler ’73 Miller. This year’s Young Alum Award went to Leland Conway ’98. The College also honored Eric Bentley ’02 as the 2007-08 Institutional Advancement Volunteer of the Year.
The class of 1988 came back early in order to get in a couple of work days at their class advisor’s home, Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert Roller. Classmates painted, made repairs inside the home and completed landscaping for the Rollers. A true labor of love from their “kids.”
At the alumni association meeting, the new slate of members who will serve from 2008-2011 were voted on and approved. They are:
Mary Jim Fuller ’53 Luce, Georgia (retired)
Janice Fraser ’64 Biddulph, Florida (missions/church staff)
Dr. David Brabon ’69, Kentucky (plastic surgeon)
Dr. Steve Blakemore ’79, Mississippi (Director of Third Millennium Faith)
Owen Prillaman ’80, Georgia (business owner and current parent)
Rhonda Jones ’81 Sigler, Alabama (UM Pastor’s wife and current parent)
Marc “Spanky” Wilson ’90, Kentucky (political consultant)
The weekend concluded with a service in Hughes Auditorium. Reverend Tom Atkins ’68 was the guest speaker for the morning, and many, once again visited the altar.