Saluting the student body, 2009 honors and awards

By Leah Riley, a senior from Harrodsburg, Ky.

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College took time to salute members of the student body and faculty at the Honors Convocation award chapel, April 27. Awards ranged from academic excellence to servant leadership skills.

The Roy A. Lauter Servant Leadership Award honors student who have made an impact in the community, at Asbury College, and on their world. Part of the unique nature of this award program is that each student designates 25 percent of their award to serve others. Many of the students go on to careers in service and ministry-related vocations.  The 2009 recipients are:

Alexandra Hedgpeth ’10
Emily Pierson ’10
Kristoffer Schnepf  ’10
Jenny Shearer ’10

Who’s Who Among Students exists as one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. National recognition based on scholastic achievement and outstanding leadership on campus. Nominations are taken from the senior class and college faculty. These are the young adults who enhance the positive image of American undergraduates through their contributions to community and college. College students are the reservoir from which our nation draws its leadership strength. Who’s Who aids campuses in honoring students who demonstrate consistent excellence. Recipients for 2009:

Emily Barlage ’09
Ian Canada ’09
Eva Chisholm ’09
Michelle Edwards ’09
Tristan Fretwell ’09
Sarah McQueen ’09
Dustin Pugel ’09
Matthew Riddle ’09
Katelyn Shellhaas ’09
Kendra White ’09

Dr. Doug Walker, professor of media communications, received the 2008-2009 Francis White Ewbank Excellence in Teaching Award from Asbury College. The Ewbank award was established in 2002 by Drs. Paul and Kay Rader. The award is given annually to one full-time faculty member who has demonstrated teaching effectiveness and spiritual modeling in and outside of the classroom.

Dr. Walker's expertise in broadcasting have taken him to places as far apart as Alaska and Haiti. He has broadcast everything from the eruption of riots in Haiti to dog sled races. Walker has a rich background that combines media management, broadcast journalism and missions. He has held a variety of positions with SEND International of Alaska including news announcer, public affairs/news director for KCAM and operations manager of KRSA Radio. Walker was also Program Director and interim manager for Radio Lumiere FM in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Walker has published several papers, which were presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in D.C. and Atlanta. His work has also appeared in Nieman Reports published by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.

He teaches classes on broadcast news, mass communication theory, broadcast management, and radio production. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two adult sons.

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