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Alumni Awards

Honoring Alumni Serving Around the World

The Clarks Summit University Alumni Association presents special alumni awards each fall at the annual Alumni Bible Conference. The Alumnus of the Year, Outstanding Service Award, Young Alumnus Service Award and Athletic Hall of Honor recognizes those among us deserving of special honor.

God has greatly used many of our alumni around the world in a variety of capacities to bring honor and glory to His name. The Alumnus of the Year has been presented every year since 1967, the Outstanding Service Awards were first given in 1984 and the Young Alumnus Service Award was first given in 2016.

It is the great privilege and responsibility of the alumni family to participate in the selection of the annual alumni award recipients.

You may also contact the Alumni Department at 570.585.9202 or The deadline for nominations is July 15 each year. The Alumni Executive Council makes the final award selections. Members review all nominations.

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Alumnus of the Year Award

Each year, one individual is awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award. Clarks Summit University alumni nominate individuals during the spring. The Alumni Association Council selects the award winner.

2021 Alumnus of the Year: Ted Boykin (’89)

Boykin is vice president for Student Development, associate professor and resident director of Loescher Hall at CSU. Before coming to CSU, Boykin served in a variety of settings, including in a ministry for college-aged students and in a basketball ministry for high school boys.

Boykin earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, his Master of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary and his M.S.C.C. from Philadelphia College of Bible. Boykin is married to Sherry (Williams) Boykin and is the proud father of Katherine (Kaki).

Read more about Ted Boykin here.

  • Received a degree from Clarks Summit University.
  • Completed at least 10 years of faithful and profitable Christian service in their profession.
  • Demonstrated loyalty to Clarks Summit University, its programs and/or its students or graduates.
  • Cultivated an evident pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and daily lifestyle that honors Him.
  • Hold an evident dedication to developing the life of Christ in others.
Previous Alumnus of the Year Award Recipients

2020 — Barb Peil
2019 — Jack Spates
2018 — Jeff Howell
2017 — Mel Walker
2016 — Kelly Haight
2015 — Marty Dittmar
2014 — Glen Lavy, Esq.
2013 — Cheryl Fawcett
2012 — Rev. Jim Showers
2011 — Dr. Paul Plew
2010 — Jeff Hash
2009 — Chaplain James E. May III
2008 — Dr. David Crandall
2007 — Dr. James M Grier
2006 — Donald Trott
2005 — R. Eldon Brock
2004 — Floyd Donald Drake, Sr.
2003 — Carl Elgena
2002 — Charles Ware
2001 — Robert Gromacki
2000 — R. Craig Golden
1999 — David McClain
1998 —– Ken Rudolph
1997 — Jesse Eaton
1996 — David L. Moore
1995 —– Charles Vermilyea
1994 — Willard Stull
1993 — Benjamin McGrew
1992 — Gordon Lewis
1991 — Wilbur Strader
1990 — Manfred Kober
1989 — Austin Plew
1988 — Robert Hayden
1987 — Helen Finch
1986 —– Harold & Patricia Miller
1985 — John White, Jr.
1984 — Nina & V. Ben Kendrick
1983 — G. Heath Bobbett
1982 — Friedhelm Loescher
1981 — Mark Jackson
1980 — Kenneth Elgena
1979 — Bernard Bancroft
1978 — G. Arthur Woolsey
1977 — Mead Armstrong
1976 — Daniel Gelatt
1975 — Ruth Haycock
1973 — Cass Santos
1972 — Jessica Minns
1970 — Douglas Christen
1969 — Albert Williams
1968 — James Jeremiah
1967 — Merle Hull

Outstanding Service Award

Each year, four individuals are awarded Outstanding Service Awards. Clarks Summit University alumni nominate individuals during the spring. The Alumni Association Council selects the award winners.

2021 Outstanding Service Award: Robert (’88) & Joyce Hayes (’88, ’18) Recipients

Robert (‘88) and Joyce Hayes (‘88, ’18) met in Chamber Singers, a touring musical worship group at CSU. Together, they began a music ministry of Concerts of Worship & Praise. This led them to ministry at Montrose Bible Conference and eventually America’s Keswick Conference and Retreat Center, where they are currently the artists-in-residence.

They have taught music in Christian schools, and the Hayes have been guest artists at national and international conferences, colleges and schools. The couple has recorded 10 vocal and instrumental CDs. The Hayes have two children, two dogs and two grandchildren: Noah and Molly.

2021 Outstanding Service Award: Dave and Cindy Fox (’84)

Dave and Cindy Fox (’84) jumped directly into ministry after CSU graduation by helping to plant a church. In 1992, Dave became the youth pastor of Berean Baptist Church of Springfield, Illinois, (now Grace Church). They still serve there, and Dave has taken on the role of senior pastor.

Cindy teaches at a Christian school, sings with their church’s praise team and teaches Sunday school. Besides leading Grace Church, Dave also serves on the Illinois-Missouri “Council of Eight” (the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches oversight board for those states), as well as the GARBC national oversight board known as the “Council of Eighteen.”

2021 Outstanding Service Award: Nate and Jill Osborne (’84)

Nate and Jill Osborne graduate from CSU in 1984. They returned two years later, and Nate became the men’s soccer coach when he started classes at Baptist Bible Seminary. After pastoring a small country church in Hollisterville, Pennsylvania, the Osbornes were called to Faith Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Florida in 1995. For the next 25 years, Nate had the privilege of serving as senior pastor of Faith.

Nate wrote a biography of Jill’s dad, Dr. Paul Tassell, which was published by Regular Baptist Press. Nate and Jill have moved to North Carolina and continue to touch lives with the precious love of Christ. Their heart song remains Psalm 118:23: “This is the Lord’s doing, it is marvelous in our eyes.”

2021 Outstanding Service Award: Peter and Lisa Brock  (’84)

The Lord burdened Peter and Lisa Brock’s (’84) hearts for missions. In 1988, they were commissioned with Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, and they arrived in Avigliana, Italy, to work on a church planting team in early 1993.

In 2003, the Lord transitioned Peter and Lisa to Faith Baptist Church (FBC) in Winter Haven Florida. Peter served as pastor of missions and outreach and in a number of the church’s other ministries. Lisa taught at Geneva Classical Academy and served the church through music, youth ministry, college and career ministries, Sunday school and children’s church.

The Brocks are currently serving with Reaching and Teaching International Ministries. Peter serves as the Eurasia region leader, and Lisa serves as the women’s training facilitator, member care for the Eurasia women, as well as developing a ministry to the “third-culture kids” at RTIM.


Candidates must have:

  • Received a degree from Clarks Summit University.
  • Maintained a quality association with Clarks Summit University for at least 10 years.
  • Cultivated an evident pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and daily lifestyle that honors Him.
  • Hold an evident dedication to developing the life of Christ in others.

A few examples of ministry/professional areas of potential award winners are pastor, youth pastor, educator, missionary, deacon, women’s ministry leader, lay worker, counselor, other significant ministry.

Previous Alumni Outstanding Service Award Recipients

2020 — Gina Ruby, Dr. Norman Peart, Doug and Sharon Martin
2019 — Gil Thomas, Dave Cunningham, Matt Pollock, Kathy Compton
2018 — Tammy Beideman, Ken Riley, Chris Brown
2017 — Michelle Hammaker, Craig Miller, Bill and Kathy Brittain
2016 — Derek Mosher, Dan Cruver, Mike Bacon
2015 — Tim Ahlgrim, Russ Schelling, Mark Stuenzi, Ruth Nearmyer Trott
2014 — Mark Meyers, Ray Rouse, John Saucier, Christine (Bujnak) Warner
2013 — John Frey, Kristi Walker, Dennis Wilhite
2012 — Rev. Doug & Cheryl Boisvert, Pastor Patrick McGoldrick, Sue Lodico, Sgt. George Peach
2011 — Fran Weddle, Dr. Robert Kelleman, Ruth Rising
2010 — Ken and Arlene Updyke, Richard Blades, Martin Eaton
2009 — Dr. Don Whipple, Sherrie Holloway, Michael and Kim Ryall
2008 — James R. Howell, Wanda Southworth Leffel, Dr. Colin Smith, Mel Walker
2007 — Dr. Steve Viars, Dr. Rodney Decker, Jane Schmitz, Darlene Knafel
2006 — Joseph Flatt, Kennard Mosher, Delores Woods, Wilbur & Nona Janowski
2005 — W. Robert Mattox, C. David Barrows, Doris Youmans, Martha Lentsch
2004 — Carl Hills, Harold Green, Elizabeth Jones, Mary Shellhammer
2003 — Glenn Seaver, RoseLee Bancroft, Carl & Wilma Abbott, Bob Marsh
2002 — Donald Shirk, Saleen McElwain, Tim & Barb Vermilyea, Donald Moffitt
2001 — Harold Comings, Ellen Glanville, Dick & Ruth Gelina, Eddy Smith
2000 — Chris Hindal, Robert Lightner, Tim & Helen Matchett, Jacquelyn Mitchell
1999 — Victor Decker, James Grier, J. Murray Murdoch, Larry & Jacqui Armstrong, Verna Hollenback
1998 — Terry Zebulske, David Boehning, Andy & Diane Large, Bethel McGrew
1997 — Richard Alhgrim, James Lytle, Polly Strong, Lena VanGilder
1996 — Barry Stewart, Cheryl Fawcett, Paul & Elaine Kintner, Gerald & Thelma Strope
1995 — Willis Hull, Christopher Davis, Fred & Rachel Whitman, Beryl Kach
1994 — James Jeffery, Earle Harriman, Linda Short,
1993 — Donald McCall, Richard Engle, Paul Weimer
1992 — James Vogel, David McClain, Donald Bond
1991 — Richard Christen, Joyce McNamee, George Chadwick, Beverly McElwain
1990 — Karl Smith, Valerie Wilson, Artus Larkin, Harry Dodd
1989 —– R. Craig Golden, Clara Crumb deRosset, C. Lloyd Button
1988 — Floyd Drake, Martha Green, David Moore
1987 — R. Eldon Brock, Jesse Eaton, Carl Elgena, Donald Trott II
1986 — Marylou Brownell, Warren Birdsall, Benjamin McGrew, Charles Vermilyea
1985 — Charles Cuthbertson, Patricia Brannen, Robert Hayden, Robert Gromacki
1984 — Mary Thompson, Rev. & Mrs. M.O. Burman, David Layhe

Young Alumnus Award

Each year, one individual is awarded the Young Alumnus Award. Clarks Summit University alumni nominate individuals during the spring. The Alumni Association Council selects the award winner.

2021 Young Alumnus: Dan Kennard (’17)

Dan Kennard graduated from CSU’s Youth Pastoral program in 2017. He is now an active member of First Baptist Church in DuBois, Pennsylvania, and serves as a deacon, praise team member and youth leader.

Kennard has held several human service positions, including being a direct support professional for the mentally disabled and therapeutic staff support for children with learning impairments. He now serves at Children’s Aid Society as the youth mentoring coordinator. Kennard is also working on starting a non-profit called Revive Pennsylvania and is excited to see what doors God will open for him to love and serve his community.

  • Received a degree from Clarks Summit University within the past five years.
  • Cultivated an evident pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and daily lifestyle that honors Him.
  • An evident dedication to developing the life of Christ in others.
Previous Young Alumnus Award Recipients

2020 — Nathan Miller
2019 — Chris Kish
2018 — Aleisha Buchanan
2017 — Aaron Hixson
2016 — Christian and Katie Attlesey

Athletics Hall of Honor

Clarks Summit University’s Defender Athletics program established The Hall of Honor in 2006. The distinction recognizes former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, special individuals and teams. Membership is based on excellence in athletic achievement and demonstrated Christ-centered values while involved in the university’s athletics programs.

Induction is the highest athletic honor the university bestows. Membership not only recognizes extraordinary achievement, it also sets an example of the distinct Christ-centered values and attributes the Clarks Summit University athletic programs desires to cultivate in present and future participants.

Visit the CSU Defender Athletic site for details.




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