John J. Keeter, Jr. Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award is the highest alumni honor HSU can bestow. It is presented to the former student(s) who has contributed the most in his or her field of endeavor toward the betterment of HSU or who has rendered the greatest service to the university. Awards are selected by a committee whose members are established by a campus leadership role.

 Mrs. Melinda (Offner) Stricklin

 B.Ed. 1983

 Business Co-Owner


Current Trustee Board Secretary, Melinda Stricklin was president of the Board of Young Associates (1994-1995) and has been an officer and scholarship committee chair with the Ft. Worth Area Alumni Chapter. During her time as a Trustee (1997-2004, 2007- ), Melinda chaired the Advancement, Student Development, and Presidential Search Committees. Through the years, she has developed a reputation as a key volunteer recruiter for the University.

Melinda and husband Dirk ’80 are co-owners of Savers Cost Plus Supermarkets in the DFW area. They are the parents of three sons: Drew, Jon ’11, and current HSU student Ben.

 

Hardin-Simmons holds a very special place in my heart because it is where I was able to grow spiritually and emotionally, and not only realize but achieve my dreams.


Past Recipients

NameAward YearBio
Mrs. Melinda (Offner) Stricklin BEd 1983 2013-2014 Bio
Col. Glenn Bratcher BBA 1957 2012-2013 Bio
Mrs. Billie (Shirley) Martin BA 1948, MEd 1954 2011-2012 Bio
Dr. Fred E. Aurbach '66 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Joe Sharp '58 2009-2010 Bio
Mr. John Crowe '56 2008-2009  
Mrs. Betty (Thornton) Crowe '55 2008-2009  
Mrs. Bee (Agnew) Shackelford '41 2007-2008 Bio
Dr. Clinton E. Wolf '50 2006-2007  
Mrs. Joan (Penney) Wolf '50 2006-2007  
Mr. James Magee Parker '51 2005-2006  
Mrs. Dottie (Shaw) Parker '42/'72 2004-2005  
Dr. Robert Lacewell '50 2003-2004  
Mrs. Martha (Nollner) Lacewell '50 2003-2004  
Dr. David S. "Scotty" Holland ex'51 2002-2003  
Mr. Jud Powell '76/'78 2001-2002  
Mrs. Linda (Scarborough) Powell '72 2001-2002  
Dr. Gerald E. Martin '48 2000-2001  
Dr. Jake Whitaker '51 1999-2000  
Mr. Doyle Kelley '51 1998-1999  
Mr. Hal Haralson '57 1997-1998  
Miss Hattie Bell Martin '40 1996-1997  
Mrs. Marylyn Arnot '43 1995-1996  
Mr. Robert E. Hitt '49 1994-1995  
Mr. WIlliam F. McCord '51 1993-1994  
Mrs. Billie Scott '47 1992-1993  
Mr. Gene Adams '54/'62 1991-1992  
Mr. C. Kenneth Hill, Jr. '48 1990-1991  
Mr. Guy W. Shaw '36 1989-1990  
Mr. Jim H. Jennings '30 1988-1989  
Dr. W.C. "Prof" Ribble '27 1987-1988  
Mrs. Charles (Koreen Logsdon) Hemphill 1986-1987  
Miss Aileen Culpepper '40 1985-1986  
Dr. John Hanna Brewer '30 1984-1985  
Mrs. Tid McAden '41 1983-1984  
Mr. Glen Burroughs '49/'50 1982-1983  
Dr. T.W. "Jack" Dean '47 1981-1982  
Dr. Virginia Boyd Conally '33 1980-1981  
Mrs. Lunelle Hemphill '29 1979-1980  
Mrs. W.B. Irvin '21 1978-1979  
Dr. Bill Tippen '43 1977-1978  
Mr. J.E. Johnson '29 1976-1977  
Dr. Elwin Skiles '34 1975-1976  
Dr. Frank Cadenhead '42 1974-1975  
Mr. James Cassle '41 1973-1974  
Mr. Hal Pender '47 1972-1973  
Mr. Charles Logsdon 1971-1972  
Mr. Marion B. McClure 1970-1971  
Mr. Wilton O. Davis '50 1969-1970  
Miss Katharyn Duff '36 1968-1969  
Dr. Lee Hemphill '29 1967-1968  
Dr. Dossie Wiggins 1966-1967  
Mr. Thomas Evans 1965-1966  
Rev. Boyce Evans '49 1964-1965  
Mrs. L.H. Beckham 1963-1964  
Mr. Frank Junell '34 1962-1963  
Mr. Alvin Woody '49 1961-1962  
Dr. W.B. Irvin '21/'27 1960-1961  
Hon. George Mahon '24 1959-1960  
Mr. Guy Caldwell '27 1958-1959  
Mr. J.C. Hunter '34 1957-1958  
Mrs. H.A. Pender '47 1956-1957  
Mr. & Mrs. Solon Featherston '18 1955-1956  
Rev. Bryon Bryant '40 1954-1955  
Dr. Otis English '21 1953-1954  
Dr. Conrad Lam '27 1952-1953  
Dr. C. Wayne Evans '40 1951-1952  
Dr. Rupert N. Richardson '12 1950-1951  
Mr. Eugene Holman '16 1949-1950  
Rev. P.D. O'Brien '17 1948-1949  
Mr. Leroy C. Jennings, Sr. '28 1947-1948  
Mrs. Tate May '40 1946-1947  
Mr. Raymond Foy '18 1945-1946  
Mr. J.D. Sandefer '20 1945-1946  
Mr. Barney Carter 1944-1945  
Mr. Rupert Johnson '29 1943-1944  

 

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award, given since 1970, is presented to alumni whose personal and professional accomplishments are exemplary of the ideals and aims of the University and thus bring honor to HSU. Awards are selected by a committee whose members are established by a campus leadership role.

Mrs. Sue (Fargo) Conley
B.S. 1989 / B.S. 1990
Healthcare Professional

Sue Conley started her career as medical technologist and is now a much-respected healthcare leader. In October 2012, Sue became CEO of both DeKalb Community Hospital, Smithville, TN, and Stones River Hospital, Woodbury, TN.

Conley holds a master's degree from Trinity University. From there, she moved to different hospitals, primarily working for the same company for 14 years.

She most previously served as CEO for Summit Medical Center in Van Buren, AR, where, among her many accomplishments, she implemented new wound care services with a projected first-year revenue of $297,000 plus spin-off revenue of $376,000.  Prior to this, Conley served at CEO at Mesa Vista Regional Hospital in Mesquite, NV.  Under her leadership, both of these hospitals were recognized as the highest quality hospitals in their states.

Sue and her husband Allen have two adult children and two grandchildren.

 Even though I was a nontraditional college student, I have many great memories of my time at HSU, particularly the great people I encountered, both students and faculty.

Mr. Ivan Smith Jr.
B.B.A. 1968
Business Entrepreneur

Ivan Smith of Shreveport, LA, began working for his father at Ivan Smith Furniture. In 1976, he bought the store from his dad and began adding an average of one store a year. Today, the company has 42 Ivan Smith Furniture locations and 4 Ashley Furniture Homestore locations throughout East Texas, South Arkansas, and North Louisiana. The company received the 2004 J. Pat Beaird Industry of the Year Award from the Greater Shreveport Area Chamber of Commerce, and the 2009 and 2010 Torch Award for Trust, Performance, and Integrity from the Better Business Bureau, Inc., the 2012 Volunteers of America Humanitarian Award, and the 2006 Harry Blake Civil Rights Humanitarian Award. Ivan recently concluded nine years of service as an HSU Trustee.

Mrs. Louanne (Worley) Stephens
B.A. 1964
Actress 

Louanne Stephens, a native Texan, has been active in radio, television, film, and theater for over 25 years. Her film credits include the role of Marjorie Powell, Anthony Hopkins' wife in Instinct, and Laura Fleming, Blaze Star’s mother in  Blaze, with Paul Newman. Louanne’s television credits include the recurring award-winning role of Grandma Saracen in  Friday Night Lights on NBC, and Ruby on  Longmire, presently on AETV, plus hundreds of commercials. On stage, Louanne has twice been selected as outstanding actress in a major role by the Dallas theater critics. Louanne recently completed an indie film, Mahjong and the West, shot in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

The former HSU varsity cheerleader has been an active volunteer at First Baptist Church, Richardson, since joining in 1977. Louanne and her husband Michael will celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2014. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.


Past Recipients

NameAward YearBio
Mrs. Sue (Fargo) Conley, BS 1989/1990 2013-2014 Bio
Mr. Ivan Smith Jr., BBA 1968 2013-2014 Bio
Mrs. Louanne (Worley) Stephens, BA 1964 2013-2014 Bio
Dr. Patricia Blanton, BA 1962 2012-2013 Bio
Mrs. Paula (Turney) Edwards, BM 1977/MM 1978 2012-2013 Bio
LTC James Fergerson, BS 1988 2012-2013 Bio
Mrs. Elizabeth (Cohorn) Abernethy, BA 1971 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. Charles Davis, BM 1984  2011-2012 Bio
Mr. Robert C. Moates, BA 1951 2011-2012 Bio
Dr. Ruth Schleifer, BA 1982 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Marv Knox, BS 1979 2010-2011 Bio
Major General Jose S. Mayorga, MBA 1989 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Harvey Catchings, 1974 2009-2010  
Dr. Jack Graham, 1972 2009-2010  
Mr. Gene Adams, 1954/1962 2008-2009  
Mrs. Rebecca (Barlow) Jordan, ex 1966 2008-2009  
Mr. Joe Strickland,1976 2008-2009  
The Reverend Canon Naim (Steve) Ateek, 1963 2007-2008  
Mr. Stacy Blair, 1977 2007-2008  
Dr. Hilton Hemphill, 1963 2007-2008  
Mrs. Ann Smith Coody, 1959 2006-2007  
Retired Brigadier General R.L. Herring Jr., 1946 2006-2007  
Dr. Bill O'Brien, 1955 2006-2007  
Miss Betsy Brown, 1977 2005-2006  
Mr. Larry English, 1969 2005-2006  
Dr. Carl O. Trusler, 1968 2005-2006  
Dr. Jan Evans Patterson, 1978 2004-2005  
Mr. Bill T. Teague, 1961 2004-2005  
Dr. W.E. (Bill) Thorn, 1948 2004-2005  
Mrs. Frances (Fran) Osborne Adkins, 1970 2003-2004  
Retired Lt. Colonel Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, 1976 2003-2004  
Dr. Dan Yeary, 1961 2003-2004  
Mr. Terry DuBose, 1966 2002-2003  
Retired Colonel Jack Grogan Jr., 1967 2002-2003  
Dr. Gene Wofford, 1952 2002-2003  
Dr. Lynne Abney, 1970 2001-2002  
Mr. Max Arrell, 1959 2001-2002  
Dr. Verney Sallee, 1964 2001-2002  
Mr. Charles Elliott, 1965 2000-2001  
Dr. Nathan A. Ivey, 1948 2000-2001  
Mr. Edmund Nichols, 1953 2000-2001  
Mr. Steve Stroope, 1976 1999-2000  
Dr. Jim Towns, 1965 1999-2000  
Mr. Bob Tremaine, 1957 1999-2000  
Mr. Claude Dollins, 1963 1998-1999  
Miss Marilois Kirksey, 1957 1998-1999  
Mr. Bob Evans, 1961 1997-1998  
Dr. Richard Ross, 1972 1997-1998  
Miss Margaret Waldrop, 1968 1997-1998  
Mr. Lonnie Allsup, ex 1951 1996-1997  
Dr. Francis McBeth, 1954 1996-1997  
Mr. Jerry Reynolds, 1963 1996-1997  
Mr. John Clayton, 1964 1995-1996  
Mr. Dale Coody, 1959 1995-1996  
Mr. Tom Womble, 1965 1995-1996  
Mr. Jaylon Fincannon, 1968 1994-1995  
Mr. Lewis Stephens, 1952 1994-1995  
Dr. Marijohn Melson Wilkin, 1940 1994-1995  
Mrs. Judy Malone Finch, 1966 1993-1994  
Mr. Fred McNab, 1976 1993-1994  
Dr. Fred E. Aurbach, 1966 1992-1993  
Mr. Robert Holladay, 1962 1992-1993  
Miss Frances Carol Knight 1992-1993  
Dr. Truett Latimer, 1951 1991-1992  
Mrs. Linda Loutherback Putnam, 1967 1991-1992  
Mr. Joseph Garrison, 1949 1990-1991  
Mrs. Mary J. Curtis Island, 1971 1990-1991  
Colonel Bryan Shelburne Jr., 1965 1990-1991  
Mr. Joseph Archer Gibson, 1924 1989-1990  
Mr. William (Bill) T. Morgan, 1948 1989-1990  
Mrs. Dellana West O'Brien, 1953 1989-1990  
Mrs. Maridell Fisher Fryar, 1957 1988-1989  
Mr. Charles Tandy, 1949 1988-1989  
Mr. David Wong, 1954 1988-1989  
Mrs. Nancy Sample Garms, 1960 1987-1988  
Mr. Elbert E. Hall, 1931 1987-1988  
Mrs. Elizabeth Junell Baugh, 1936 1986-1987  
Dr. Bryce Jordan, 1942 1986-1987  
Mrs. Helen Jean Bond Parks, 1948 1986-1987  
Mr. William Gaddis, 1938 1985-1986  
Mr. Charles McLaughlin, 1957 1985-1986  
Dr. Betty Pearce Stephenson, 1947 1985-1986  
Mr. Nelson H. Dyess, 1951 1984-1985  
Dr. James Flamming, 1955 1984-1985  
Mr. A.B. Foster Jr., 1947 1984-1985  
Mr. D. Dale Haralson, 1959 1983-1984  
Dr. David S. "Scotty" Holland, 1950 1983-1984  
Mr. Kenneth T. Whitescarver, 1942 1983-1984  
Dr. Hollis E. Bivens, 1948 1982-1983  
Mr. Doyle E. Larson, 1962 1982-1983  
Retired Brigadier General Jack T. Martin, 1948 1982-1983  
Mr. Guy Caldwell, 1927 1981-1982  
Mrs. Jeannette Tippitt Caldwell, 1928 1981-1982  
Miss Aletha Fuller, 1945 1981-1982  
Mr. Jack R. Taylor, 1953 1981-1982  
Mr. Joseph H. Arnette, 1953 1979-1980  
Dr. Claude A. Hicks, 1955 1979-1980  
Mr. Fred R. Higginbotham, 1948 1979-1980  
Mr. Gordon Wood, 1938 1978-1979  
Mrs. Magnolia Starks McCullough, 1967 1978-1979  
Mr. Jeter D. Fulbright, Jr., 1972 1978-1979  
Mrs. Virginia Dale Moore, 1948 1977-1978  
Mr. Glen Burroughs, 1949 1977-1978  
Dr. Conrad Ramsey Lam, 1927 1977-1978  
Mr. Fred Earl Ingerson, 1928 1976-1977  
Dr. Zollie Steakley, 1929 1976-1977  
Mr. Darold Hugh Morgan, 1944 1976-1977  
Mr. John Hanna Brewer, 1930 1975-1976  
Mr. Joe Wright Burton, 1929 1975-1976  
Mr. James Nathan Tidwell, 1929 1975-1976  
Mrs. Maye Bell Taylor, 1929 1974-1975  
Mr. William T. Reid, 1926 1974-1975  
Dr. W. Hines Sims, 1928 1974-1975  
Dr. Virginia Boyd Connally, 1933 1973-1974  
Mr. T. Burns McKinney, 1938 1973-1974  
Mr. Willie (Bill) L. Scott, 1947 1973-1974  
Miss Elizabeth F. Riley, 1929 1972-1973  
Mr. George H. Mahon, 1924 1972-1973  
Mr. C. Moxley Featherston, 1948 1972-1973  
Mr. Warren C. Hultgren, 1947 1971-1972  
Dr. Dossie M. Wiggins, 1919 1971-1972  
Mr. John Leland Atwood, 1926 1970-1971  
Mr. Byron E. Pollock, 1929 1970-1971  
Mr. Rupert N. Richardson, 1912 1970-1971  

 

Outstanding Young Alumni

Recognizing Alumni who have attained outstanding achievements in their field of endeavor, community, state or nation. This award was created by the Board of Young Associates and was first presented in 2004.


Michael W. Daggs Jr.
Excellence Consultant
BBS 1996 / ME 2000

As co-owner of the professional consulting firm, Tutt and Daggs, Mr. Daggs makes presentations, facilitates webinars, and leads special sessions to help prepare and equip individuals to lead where they are. Michael has been recognized recently as a top business person under 40 in Abilene.

 

 


Dr. Dan Munton, MD
Physician
BS 1991

In private practice since 2000, Dr. Dan Munton is a board-certified physician in the fields of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine with subspecialty fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine Care. In 2006, he became the physician for HSU’s football team. As his practice grew, he became the founder and managing partner of Texas Sport & Spine in Abilene. Dan is also owner and operator of Munton Sports Complex.

 

 

David LottDr. Emily Prevost
Leadership Developer
BA 2000 / MA 2002 

As director of Leadership Development at East Texas Baptist University, Dr. Emily Prevost oversees the curricular and co-curricular leadership development program for students. Emily is known for her extraordinary skills for relationships, visionary leadership, practical ministry, and strategic planning.


Past Recipients

NameTitleAward YearBio
Mr. Chad Braun, 1994 Chief Financial Officer 2013-2014 Bio
Ms. Deanna Julian, 2000 Entertainer 2013-2014 Bio
Dr. Jason Terrell, 2002 Medical Doctor 2013-2014 Bio
Mr. Michael Daggs Jr, 1996/2000  Excellence Consultant 2012-2013 Bio
Dr. Dan Munton, 1991 Physician 2012-2013 Bio
Dr. Emily Prevost, 2000/2002 Leadership Developer 2012-2013 Bio
Mr. Brian Bessent, 1996 Speech Therapist/Administrator  2011-2012 Bio
Dr. David Lott, 1997/2008 Physical Therapist 2011-2012 Bio
Mrs. Melanie Ocana, 2000 Business Owner 2011-2012 Bio
Ms. Terri Hendrix, Music 1990 Award-Winning Musician 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Todd Gentzel, BBS 1995 Business Strategist 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Leighton Flowers, BBS 1997 Youth Ministry Executive 2010-2011 Bio
Dr. Brad Butler, 1997 Anesthesiologist 2009-2010  
Mr. Michael McCown, 1997 Professional Opera Singer 2009-2010  
Mr. James Christoferson, 1997 Politician 2009-2010  
Mr. Darren Allman, 1994 Coach and Athletic Director 2008-2009  
Dr. Tracy Manly, 1993 Professor 2008-2009  
Mr. Joe Darren Weir, 1995 Digital Media/Communication 2008-2009  
Mr. Dickson Masindano, 2001 International Orphan Care 2007-2008  
Mr. Mike McMaude, 1990 Health Care and Insurance 2007-2008  
Dr. Laura Pogue, 1987/1991 Professor 2007-2008  
Dr. Lori Conklin, 1988 Anesthesiologist and Professor 2006-2007  
Dr. James Morrow, 1987 Choral Director 2006-2007  
Mr. Mike Hammack, 1985/1989 Ministry 2005-2006  
Mr. Dean Nolen, 1989 Acting 2005-2006  
Alex Vasquez, 1985 Law 2005-2006  
Mr. Greg Solomon, 1983 Community Development 2004-2005  
Dr. Christy Stanlake, 1994 Theater and Teacher 2004-2005  
Mr. Phil Wilson, 1990 Government 2004-2005  
Mr. Victor Carrillo, 1986 Texas Railroad Commissioner 2003-2004  
Leland Harden,1984 Entrepreneur and Author 2003-2004  

 

Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

The Athletics Hall of Fame honors former athletes and coaches who made a significant contribution to HSU and the athletics program. They are selected at least 10 years after completing their HSU playing career (after five years for coaches), by a committee including current and former HSU athletes from various sports. Nominations are accepted year-round.

 

Todd Baumann

Todd Baumann,
B.S. 1996
Football

Todd Baumann was the quarterback of the Cowboy offense in 1995 and 1996 when he was named to the NAIA Division II All America team. Both years, he was named as the American Southwest Conference Offensive MVP. He was also a two-time Academic All American. As a senior he passed for 23 touchdowns and almost 3,000 yards, bringing national recognition to HSU as he was named a Burger King Scholar Athlete. Baumann helped lead the Cowboys to wins over three scholarship schools and on to a shared ASC championship (with Sul Ross State). After graduation, Todd played professionally in Europe. He is now a dentist in Dallas.

Jan Briggs 
B.S. 1958
Volleyball

Despite attending Hardin-Simmons when the school did not have a volleyball program, Jan Briggs had an outstanding career as a volleyball coach. From 1975 until her retirement in 1998, she coached volleyball in Duncanville, TX, where she had many successful seasons including a 1995 State Championship. Coach Briggs was named as the Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1996, an award that highlighted a 40-year career coaching volleyball. She also coached the National AAU Junior Olympic Volleyball team in 1976. Jan’s accomplishments on the court put her in the upper echelon of volleyball coaches in the state of Texas, but her enduring legacy is in her players who continued on to careers as teachers and coaches.

Kendra Hassell

Kendra (Anderson) Hassell
B.B.S. 2003
Women’s Basketball


One of the most decorated athletes in the Division III era, Kendra Anderson Hassell played from 1999 through 2003. She was a two-time Kodak First Team All-American, a Verizon Academic All-American, and an ASC Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named Conference Player of the Year and Region Player of the Year three times. She received the 2003 NCAA Texas Woman of the Year honors and was selected to the Division III Hoops All-Decade Team in 2007. In her final season, she helped lead the team to a conference championship and a 27-1 record as the team advanced to the Sweet 16. Kendra was recently named as the assistant coach at ACU.

2010 Women's Soccer Team

Women’s Soccer Team 2010

After coming close in several sports over the years, the 2010 women’s soccer team broke down the national championship barrier for Hardin-Simmons athletics as it became the first team of the Division III era to claim a national championship. The Cowgirls went 24-0-1 and claimed the title with a 2-1 win over powerhouse Messiah. The Cowgirls trailed for just 6:04 seconds on the year, and outscored opponents 113-6. The team pushed their ASC undefeated streak to 145 games and won their eighth straight title during the year.


Past Recipients

NameTitleAward YearBio
Todd Baumann, BS 1996 Football 2013-2014 Bio
Jan Briggs, BS 1958 Volleyball 2013-2014 Bio
Kendra Anderson Hassell Women's Basketball 2013-2014 Bio
2010 Women's Soccer Team Women's Soccer 2013-2014 Bio
Darren Allman BBS '94 Football 2012-2013 Bio
Ted Edmondson BS '59 Football 2012-2013 Bio
Tim O'Leary BEd '83 Soccer 2012-2013 Bio
Meredith Hare Stone BA '01/MA '06 Golf 2012-2013 Bio
Mr. Jimmie Keeling Head Football Coach 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. George Hine, Jr (dec) '49/'50 Sports Information Director 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. Kirk Rogers '04 Football 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. Gary Marable '77 Tennis Player & Coach 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. Pete Murray BBA '57/MPT '63 Football & Basketball 2010-2011 Bio
Dr. Melanie Forster Muhr BS '00 Soccer 2010-2011 Bio
Miss Kathryn Otwell BBS '99 Basketball 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Lynn Turner BA '90 Baseball 2010-2011 Bio

 

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