Alumni Celebration Spotlights Fellowship, Award Winners, Class of '61

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Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of nearly 300 alumni who gathered for Alumni Celebration on May 14 as generations of students returned to campus.

For alumni, it was an opportunity to rekindle memories and renew friendships through exciting campus tours, Alumni College events and the capstone Gala Dinner.

Participants in Alumni College events learned about Baldwin University students who enlisted in the Civil War. In addition, alumnus Mike Dovilla ’97 discussed his path from BW to the Ohio House of Representatives. Also popular was President Richard Durst's presentation on the newly revised campus master plan.

Other highlights of the day included:


Six Honored with Alumni Merit Award
The highest honor bestowed to alumni of the College, the Alumni Merit Award was given to six recipients: Shirley Balogh, Khashyar Darvich, Robert Weston Dash, Gregory Hill, Scott F. Percy and James Wonnacott.

Class of '61 Celebrated Reunion with $2.3 Million Gift
Honoring the College for its positive influence in their lives, members of the Class of 1961 celebrated their 50th anniversary with a gift to the College. Alumna Dolly Minter '61 presented the check to BW President Dick Durst.

In addition, the Class of 1961 renewed its class colors of green and white. Patricia Tinder Beckman '61 tied the ribbons as part of the Class Ring Ceremony–a tradition that includes the class colors of every graduating class since 1915. 

Mental-Prots-Grimm-Bower Family Received Award
With 14 BW graduates spanning over 40 years, the Mental-Prots-Grimm-Bower Family is the recipient of the 2011 Family Heritage Award.

This award recognizes and honors a distinguished family who, throughout generations, has provided many years of faithful and loyal service to Baldwin Wallace University.

Family members include:
Barbara Mental Prots '67 John Grimm '91
John Mental '69 Joan Prots '94
Thomas Mental '74 Jaclyn Prots Stimac '97
Laurie Hattendorf Mental '75 Aaron Bower '00
Michael Mental '77, MAED '82 Jamie Bower '00
Donna Prots '82 Mickey Mental '08
Theresa Oram Grimm '91, MAED '96 Adaline Mental '09

Posted 5/11
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