About 200 Reinhardt alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and students gathered for the event.
“Reinhardt is the most dynamic institution of higher education in the state of Georgia. We are building and growing in every way possible. ... These are exciting and meaningful times for Reinhardt,” said President Dr. Thomas Isherwood.
The first to be honored were the 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients. Ryan Satterfield, president of the Reinhardt Alumni Board of Governors, presented the awards to 10 alumni from the last 10 years who are successful in business, the military, nonprofits, government and/or the arts.
A picture identifying each will hang in the Hasty Student Life Center as a reminder of what Reinhardt alumni have accomplished.
The “10 Under 10” include: Timothy Clancy of Fernley, Nev.; Ann Bailey of Canton.; Daniel Jape, a resident of Ball Ground; Jeffrey Cardell, of Marietta; The Rev. Susan Moore Pinson, a resident of Atlanta; Frank Reynolds, a resident of Canton; Hilary Martin, of Young Harris; Caitlyn Crippin, a resident of San Francisco, Calif.; Robby Westbrook, of Canton; and Lindsay Powell Boyd, of Atlanta.
The John Wesley Laity and Clergy Award recipients were named with Dr. Alan and Judy Allen, residents of Waleska, and the Rev. Dr. James H. Lowry Jr. of Acworth taking the honors respectively.
The Wesley Award was established in 1991 to recognize a layperson who had made a significant contribution to United Methodist institutions of higher education and ministries. Two years later, the clergy award was added. The Rev. Dr. Ron Flowers, president of the Reinhardt Ministerial Association, presented the awards.
Judy Allen served for more than 30 years in the Bartow and Cherokee school systems, and was named Teacher of the Year for Cherokee County in 1987. Judy retired from Teasley Middle School in 1995.
She is a member of Cherokee County Retired Educators Association and Georgia Retired Educators. She along with her husband, Alan, attend Waleska United Methodist Church and she is chair of the Worship Committee.
Alan Allen earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Texas Christian University, and a master of arts in teaching from Harvard University. In 1970, after earning his Ph.D., Alan accepted a position at Reinhardt. During his time at Reinhardt, he also served as chairman of the faculty and chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. After his retirement from Reinhardt in 1998, he was awarded Professor Emeritus and served on the Board of Trustees as member and chairman.
The Rev. Dr. James H. Lowry Jr. received a bachelor of arts degree from Asbury College; a masters of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary; a masters of theology from Duke University and a doctorate of ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Lowry’s appointments include Acworth United Methodist Church, McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church and Norcross First United Methodist Church. Lowry presently serves as superintendent of the Atlanta Marietta District.
The Honoree Award was given to Susan Naylor, a resident of Waleska.
Naylor, associate professor of music at Reinhardt University, received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Converse College in South Carolina, where she played with the Spartanburg Symphony for three years, and was featured soloist with the Symphony on its Concert Series in 1972. She received the master of music degree from Georgia State University where she studied with William Masselos on a scholarship received from the Atlanta Music Club.
Her students have excelled in local and state competitions, winning awards and scholarships for the past 38 years. This past December, two of her students won first and second place in the college division of the Georgia Music Educators Association State Piano Auditions.
In 1991, Naylor received lifetime National Faculty Certification from Music Teachers National Association. She has been an active member of that organization since 1975, holding offices in the Cobb County and Cherokee Local Associations, serving on the National Certification Board, and as President of Georgia Music Teachers Association from 2000 to 2002.
She was a founding member of the Cherokee County Arts Council, and has served twice on the Board of Directors of that organization. Naylor serves as pianist at Lake Arrowhead Church.
Naylor recognized the biggest supporters in her life.
“I hardly know what to say, the longer I live, the more thankful I am for the people that God puts in my life. I believe that God has a plan for everyone’s life. And teaching at Reinhardt was a plan for my life,” she said in accepting the award. “As a teacher, I learn something during every lesson; It might not always be what I want to learn, but it is always what I need to learn.”
The final awards for the night were presented to Drs. Jeffrey and Jerome Dobson ’65 ’65, who were named Distinguished Alumni of the Year. This award recognizes an individual with outstanding personal achievement and an unselfish and dedicated personal devotion to Reinhardt.
After graduating from Reinhardt, Dr. Jeffrey Dobson received his bachelor, master and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Georgia, specializing in global resources. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Alaska, Ohio State University, the University of Illinois and The University of Georgia.
In 1982, he founded Data Research and Applications in Knoxville, Tenn., and served as president and CEO until 2009, when he founded InterLink USA, and Global InterLink Corporation where he serves as president and CEO.
Dobson and his wife, Dana, have 3 daughters and they live in Knoxville, Tenn.
Jeffrey Dobson brought humor and history to his award acceptance.
“Thank you very much for this honor. It’s a special privilege to stand here with my brother and dear friend Jerry Dobson. As some of you know, Jerry and I go way back. In fact, we’ve known each other before we were born,” he said.
Dr. Jerome Dobson is professor of geography at the University of Kansas. After graduating from Reinhardt in 1965, he earned a bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.
From 1975 until 2001, Dobson was associated with The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as senior scientist for the U.S. Department of State. He received the Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement, Cartography and Geographic Information Society in 2008 and is a Jefferson Science Fellow, which is associated with the U.S. Department of State.
Dobson worked with the Haskell Indian National University, Served as a U.S. Delegate to the International Organization for Standardization, and has worked with the Department of Energy’s Geographic Information Council.
Jerome Dobson added to his brother’s humor and sentiments. “I am sorry our mother could not be here tonight. She always wanted us to dress alike…and this was her first chance since we were in the fourth grade,” he said.
“I want to say how much I appreciate this award. The real reason it means so much to me, growing up here in Canton, knowing the people who’ve won it before, some who are in the audience tonight, it’s just awesome to think that the people I looked up to growing up, I now share this honor with them.”
Isherwood wrapped up the evening by thanking those who support the university.