In the midst of a rather hectic homecoming weekend featuring more than 50 campus activities in just two days, Anderson University paused to recognize 10 of its alumni. The AU Alumni Association honored five individuals, and an additional five were inducted into the AU Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday night. "It was my first time since I was a student that I've made it home for homecoming weekend," said Gary Gerould, a 1962 graduate. "It's been such a marvelous day with the opportunity to renew acquaintances. It's so great to see this place and see how things are growing."
Gerould was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his extensive experience as a network sports broadcaster. He didn't let the moment pass without a few comments.
"Well, you never get a broadcaster near a microphone and think he's not going to speak," he joked.
Gerould is a 40-year veteran who has been a part of nearly 1,000 shows for NBC, ABC, ESPN, ESPN-2 and TNN. He has covered the 1998 Olympics, the 1990 Goodwill Games, the NFL and the Indianapolis 500. Recently, his primarily broadcasting has centered on motorsports and basketball, but he has a huge broadcasting range in the world of sports, from bowling to bobsledding to sumo wrestling. He is currently wrapping up his 23rd consecutive year as part of the television team covering Indianapolis-style open-wheel racing as well as launching his 17th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings.
Tom and Sch'ree Ward of Oklahoma City, Okla, were presented with the John Kane Loyalty Award for their dedication to AU. Through both resources and frequent campus visits, the Wards encouraged numerous people from Oklahoma to attend AU. The Wards have established numerous scholarships to assist young people attending AU.
Dr. Duane Hoak and Shirley King Coolidge were presented with Alumni Service Awards.
Hoak has served the university in a variety of roles for 32 years. Beginning in 1969 as an associate professor of education, he was named professor of education in 1976. He served as director of secondary student teaching, director of teacher education, director of summer school, dean of the faculty and vice president for administrative services. He has encouraged numerous education majors and has been a strong advocate for excellence in the classroom.
Coolidge has served with distinction in the AU department of music since 1963. She has appeared often as a recitalist, lecturer and clinician at seminars and workshops. Appearing as soloist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, she has accompanied numerous university groups and served as the university organist. Hundreds of her students now perform across the nation and around the world in concert halls, classrooms, churches and professional studios. She served as an assistant professor at AU teaching music theory, organ and piano.
The Athletic Hall of Fame winners included alumni from the 1950s through the 1980s.
During the 1980s Mary Ann (Kriege) Lawrence was one of AU's top female athletes. She won the National Christian College Athletic Association's 800-meter run in track in the national championships. She competed in track for three years and was an NCCAA All-American.
Terry Murawski was honored for his four seasons of record making. He was the first Raven gridder to sign a professional contract, with the Miami Dolphins. When he left the Raven ranks in 1970, Murawski held every AU passing record and was named Outstanding Senior Athlete, was twice chosen for Outstanding College Athletes in America and helped his team set 11 offensive records.
Cleo William "Hopi" Norris was a defensive line starter for all four years and was named All-Conference three seasons and All-American in 1959. In baseball, he was a four-year starter. In 1958, he led the team in batting with a .315 batting average.
Gibb Eugene Webber served as faculty athletic representative. He was the cross country coach from 1968 to 1975 and was always considered one of the warmest friends of the student body as an active booster of many of AU's programs.
Jack Lawrence "Ace" Wilson was recognized for being one of the all-time great Raven basketball players. In 1957-58, he accumulated a record of 680 points and established a career mark of 1,992 points, second highest on the Raven books. A long-time successful coach in Florida, he was inducted into the Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. Wilson died in 1998.
The alumni dinner/award ceremony also paused to remember two of AU's greats who died this summer: Former AU first lady Geraldine "Jerry" Reardon and W. Shirell Fox, who served as director of publicity, an instructor of journalism and an assistant to the president.
--- STACEY M. LANE GROSH is a reporter for the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.