Peter E. Bauer (’78B) received the Bob and Joyce Dell Award at the United Church of Christ General Synod meeting in Tampa, Florida, in July. It is a national award presented by the Mental Illness Network of the United Church of Christ, and was in recognition for the training Bauer provided on combat trauma, spirituality, and aiding troops and families effected by the combat in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.
Kevin Bowers (’01B) has been selected to participate in the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program, a Lilly Endowment-sponsored program at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Bowers is pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Lafayette.
Brennan Breed (’06B) has been awarded a 2011 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Breed is a doctoral candidate in religion at Emory University. His dissertation, “‘Engraved on a Rock Forever’: Reception History and the Hebrew Bible,” offers a theoretical foundation for the study of the appropriation of biblical texts by diverse communities throughout history.
Ben Daniel’s (’93B) book Neighbor: Christian Encounters with “Illegal” Immigration (Westminster John Knox Press) was named 2011 Religion Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews, a trade journal for small and independent publishers.
At its June 2011 commencement exercises, The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey, awarded history teacher Mark DiGiacomo (’03B) the Henry and Selma Otte Distinguished Teacher Award. He has been a member of the faculty since 2005.
Kimberly L. Hyatt (’96B) was awarded the 2011 Women of Vision Award by Girls Inc. of Northeast Florida for arts achievement for her work as executive director of Cathedral Arts, an afterschool program serving more than 1,000 youth each week.
Tim Kennedy (’03B) has been selected as an AbileneBiz magazine’s 20 Under 40 Award Winner for 2011. Each year the magazine honors up-and-coming business leaders, highlighting twenty local business people under the age of forty who appear to be the leaders of the future. Kennedy is university chaplain at McMurry University in Abilene.
Robert H. Linders (’70M, ’77P), senior pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was inducted in March into his high school Athletic Hall of Fame. Linders was the New Jersey State champion in the 800-meter run in 1960 and also a member of the school’s Championship of America Mile Relay Team that year, in what was then the third-fastest high school time in the history of the Penn Relays. Both records have been unsurpassed after fifty years at his high school, Northern Valley Regional in Demarest, New Jersey.
D. Michael Lindsay (’00B) has been named the eighth president of Gordon College in Boston, Massachusetts. He took over the helm on July 1, 2011.
Gregory A. Love (’88B, ’97D), associate professor of systematic theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary, has won the 2011 Angell Award of the Presbyterian Writers Guild. The award is given annually for the best first book published the previous calendar year by a Presbyterian writer. Love’s book, Love, Violence, and the Cross: How the Nonviolent God Saves Us through the Cross of Christ (Cascade Books), was chosen from among nineteen entries published in 2010.
Carol E. Lytch (’80B) has been elected as president of Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She assumed the role as the school’s eleventh president in mid-August.
Marvin A. McMickle (’83P) has been appointed the twelfth president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York. He began his full-time service on January 1, 2012.
Christopher Momany (’87B) has received the 2011 Adrian College Alumni Humanitarian Award. He is a 1984 graduate of Adrian College and has worked to help bring the college’s antislavery tradition forward at a time when as many as twenty-seven million people worldwide are still held in captivity. Momany provides national and Michigan-based leadership for various efforts against human trafficking.
John P. Muilenburg (’39M), the oldest living graduate (99) of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, was honored for his many years of ministry and service with a recognition tea at Penney Memorial Church in Penney Farms, Florida, in March. Muilenburg was a missionary in China, the Philippines, and Haiti.
Norm Nelson (’67M) was presented with the 2011 Alumnus of the Year award at Westmont College’s homecoming in October. He was also honored as founder of the college’s “Spring Sing” on the occasion of the event’s fiftieth anniversary celebration, which drew a full house of 5,000 at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Nelson is president and on-air host of Compassion Radio, which broadcasts 1,000 program releases daily across the United States.
Frank Yamada (’95B, ’05D) was elected the tenth president of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He assumed the presidency on July 1, 2011, and is the first Asian American to lead a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary.