ALUMNI SUCCESS STORIES
Oakland A's outfielder (now with the Minnesota Twins) Josh Willingham ('97) was the recipient of the 2011 Dave Stewart Community Service Award, which is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. Dave Stewart presented Josh with the award. Willingham and his wife Ginger raised over $100,000 to aid in the relief efforts in Alabama after the devastating tornadoes ripped through northern Alabama this April.
Governor Robert Bentley has named Vicki Addington Drummond ('69) as one of two representatives from the Governor's Office to the Alabama State Constitutional Commission. She will be part of a three-year project charged with rewriting the state's 1901 Constitution.
As of the summer of 2011, some 30 MHBS graduates are studying in professional graduate schools (medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, pharmacy, nursing). The number has remained consistent throughout the first decade of the 21st Century. Graduates include CEOs and CFOs, college presidents, judges, authors, college professors, NASA scientists, and leaders in numerous other fields. Many MHBS grads serve as ministers, missionaries and in various support and leadership roles in churches, relief organizations and Christian education.
ALUM PRESENTS PAPER AT ASHA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Charissa Collins ('06) presented the results of a research study at the national conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in San Diego on November 18, 2011. She and another graduate Speech-Language Pathology student at Harding University, Amy Collins, conducted this study by comparing the assessment results of 265 individuals ages 65 and older. This is the first time that students from the master's program at Harding have been invited to make such a presentation at this conference. The title of the project is, Examining Correlations Between Depression, Quality of Life, and Communicative Participation. The hypothesis is that, with a higher level of social participation and a greater quality of life, there is a corresponding lower level of depression.
"SECRET SISTERS" HIT IT BIG IN THE MUSIC WORLD!
Lydia Rogers ('07), one-half of the up-and-coming singing duo, along with her sister Laura, is making a splash in the music world. Over the past few months, the Secret Sisters have filmed a PBS special, played on the David Letterman Show and at Sundance, toured with T. Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue, contemplated a booking at Bonnaroo and opened shows for Helm and LaMontagne (including a November date at Birmingham's BJCC Concert Hall). They were also there for the "Abalabip" concert at the Alabama Theatre, organized by the Oxford American. They were one of four acts on the bill have been chosen by the magazine as part of a statewide series commemorating the Year of Alabama Music. On the road with LaMontagne in February, they’ll be playing in France, Holland and Belgium.
GRAD SCOTT SEWELL EARNS MICROSOFT MVP AWARD
Scott Sewell ('85) has been named a Microsoft MVP (Most Valued Professional). According to the Microsoft website, out of 100 million participants world-wide, there are fewer than 5,000 MVPs worldwide in 90 countries. In Scott’s particular field, (CRM) there are only 35 chosen worldwide and only about half of those are from the United States. The awardees in his category are from all over the world – China, Netherlands, Pakistan, Turkey, New Zealand, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the United States.Scott works in NYC for a company (Customer Effective) in Greenville, SC.
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GRADUATES REMINISCE ABOUT "THE GLORY DAYS!"
Former debaters Lois Tillery Richardson ('87) and Kristie Golden Hubbard ('91) share memories of debate trips during a meeting of the Middle Tennessee Alumni Association.
- Rees Bryant was the first MHBS graduate in 1948.
- *Central AL (Birmingham-Tuscaloosa) *We are saddened to report the passing of Miss Sandra Behel on March 12, 2012. Funeral services were conducted on March 16. Sandra was the secretary of the Central AL Alumni Chapter.
- North Central AL (Athens-Decatur-Huntsville)
- Central TN (Nashville-Franklin-Columbia-Murfreesboro).
- The following classes will celebrate reunions during the 2011-2012 school year (Contact Dr. Kenny Barfield for details):
- CLASS OF 1952 (60th Anniversary)
- CLASS OF 1962 (50th Anniversary) May 5 at the Marriott (6 p.m.); Sunday morning worship at old Mars Hill Church Building. Contact Rumel Rickard, Martha Raye Chandler or Estelle Scott.
- CLASS OF 1972 (40th Anniversary)
- CLASS OF 1982 (30th Anniversary)
- CLASS OF 1987 (25th Anniversary)
- CLASS OF 1992 (20th Anniversary) Reunion on July 21; noon picnic at MH; evening at Dale's. Contact Vanessa Sides for information.
- CLASS OF 2002 (10th Anniversary) Reunion Picnic at Crosspoint Church of Christ, Saturday, May 5, 1-3 p.m.
- The Class of 1961 celebrated their 50th Anniversary reunion this spring at the Tuscumbia Church of Christ annex.
- The Class of 1978 celebrated their reunion on June 5 at 6:30 p.m.
- Check the website for dates and sites for anniversary reunions.