Anderson University will honor four alumni during the Homecoming chapel/convocation on Thursday, October 5, at 10 a.m. in Reardon Auditorium. Persons to be honored are Dr. Scott Green, M.D. (Distinguished Alumni Award); Dr. J. Douglas Nelson (Distinguished Service Award); Sarah Cook (Distinguished Young Alumni Award); Dorothy Blevins-Dicus and Mona Hoffman (John H. Kane Loyalty Award); and Christopher Green (Alumni Council Scholarship). Anderson University’s 2006 Homecoming celebration is scheduled for October 6-7.
The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Dr. Scott Green. Dr. Green graduated from Anderson University in 1983 with a BA in psychology and earn his MD from Southern Illinois University. He completed his residency at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis, where he was honored as the Mead-Johnson Award Recipient for Outstanding Resident. In 1990, he and a partner founded Anderson Family Practice, which grew quickly. In 1995, he contracted with St. John’s Health System. That year, he also became medical director of Anderson University, overseeing the health clinic. In 1999, Green received the Indiana Family Physician of the Year Award. In 2000, he received the Pfizer Quality of Care Award for Indiana.
Green has traveled to Haiti and various countries in Africa, South America, and Asia to provide medical care and other services. He is medical director of the Madison County Jail; Rolling Hills Nursing Home Facility; the Madison County SWAT Team; and His Healing Hands Center, providing medical care to the uninsured and disadvantaged. He is chair of the Board of Directors of Operation Love and has served in many leadership and ministry positions at South Meridian Church of God.
Dr. J. Douglas Nelson will receive the Distinguished Service Award. J. Douglas Nelson has had a long career in political science. He earned his B.A. in political science and economics in 1963 from Linfield College. Nelson then worked for a year as a Program Assistant for the federal government’s Center for Area and Country Studies. In 1966, he earned an A.M. in government from George Washington University (where he also earned his Ph.D. in political science in 1975). He then began a long, continuous teaching career, starting at Emporia Kansas College and including Baldwin-Wallace College, Georgetown University, Ball State University, University of Nairobi Kenya, and Anderson University, where he has been working since 1975. He currently serves as chair of the History and Political Science department and director of the Center for Public Service. Since 1976, Nelson has been publishing and presenting conference lectures on world affairs, including those pertaining to the United Nations, the Middle East, Africa, and Northern Ireland. Nelson also served the Academy in the Public Services of Georgetown University as an instructor and a consultant to elected officials in Indiana.
Nelson has been president of the Board of Trustees for the Anderson Public Library, a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, a member of the executive board for the Indiana Consortium for International Programs, and is a member of the Madison County Habitat for Humanity Board. He has been recognized and awarded many times and was given the John Morrison Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service in 2001. He continues to serve his university, community and world. He is currently researching church-state relations in Eastern Europe and Post-Apartheid politics in South Africa.
The Distinguished Young Alumni Award recognizes those who graduated in fewer than ten years ago. Sara Cook is this year’s recipient. Sarah Cook graduated summa cum laude in 1999 prepared for a career in social justice and reconciliation. She co-founded the Student Peace Initiative and served on its Program Development Committee. In 1997, she spent a semester in Northern Ireland with a Peace and Conflict Resolution program. Cook became a member of the Steering Committee of the Peace Fellowship of the Church of God, where she continues to serve today. After graduation, she served as executive director at Alexandria’s New Horizon Maternity Home. In 2000, she organized Church of God representation at the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s People’s Campaign for Non-Violence in D.C. The next year, she organized programs and researched community collaboration for Contact Help in Anderson, Indiana.
Cook returned to Northern Ireland in 2001 with Brethren Volunteer Service, developing reconciliation-based programs. By 2003, she was the executive director of Towards Understanding and Healing, an organization in Northern Ireland focused on building a post-conflict society. While there, she served on the Management Committee of the Peace and Reconciliation Group and as an external moderator for the Open College Network. She then began her master’s work in human services management at Boston University’s School of Social Work, graduating in May 2006. She has appeared live, on radio, on television, and in multiple publications in the U.S. and abroad. She received the 2005 Peacemaker of the Year for the Church of God award, and plans to continue working for international social justice and reconciliation in the future.
Dorothy Lee Morrison Blevins-Dicus is the daughter of President Emeritus John Morrison. She graduated from Anderson University in 1943. After graduation, Dorothy became the first woman shoe clerk and manager in Anderson. She hired more young women for the store, and they were honored for selling more shoes for their company than any store in America. She became the society editor at the Anderson Herald and married Leonard Blevins. Together, they purchased four buildings, including the one which now houses WQME and Covenant Productions®. They started four stores, the Dorothy Blevins Shoppe, The Tea Cart, Joy Bridal Shoppe, and Shoe and Gift Shop. She was the first woman inducted into the Businessmen’s Hall of Fame. Dorothy was named “Mover and Shaker” for the city of Anderson, and named “Woman of Achievement” four times. She continues to be a cheerleader for Anderson University.
Mona Marjorie Morrison Hoffman, daughter of President Emeritus John Morrison, graduated from Anderson University in 1940. She married Art Hoffman, a fellow AU alum. Eventually, Art and Mona moved to New York City, where they served as youth director and choir director at the Bronx Missionary Church. While raising their two children, they moved between Chicago and North Manchester, Ind., before living in Germany for four years. They had a third child there and began singing as a family with the older two. Eventually, they returned to Anderson and Pendleton. Art taught at IUPUI and Mona taught elementary music and played piano for community events. They continued to sing as a family for about ten years, becoming known as the “Happy Hoffs.” They joined Park Place Church of God, the site of Art and Mona’s wedding, and Mona continues to occasionally sing in the choir today. They sent their three children and a granddaughter to Anderson University, watching the institution’s growth with pride. They continue to support the university and its leadership.
AU student Christopher S. Green will receive the 2006 Anderson University Alumni Council Scholarship. Green graduated from Highland High School with an honors diploma and many academic achievements. He also played on the varsity golf team and was named MVP in 2005. He was involved in many musical activities and has traveled on several mission trips. He is also involved with Operation Love in Anderson. Green plans to follow his father's footsteps into the medical field with a minor in music.
For more information about Anderson University’s 2006 Homecoming celebration, contact the office of Alumni Relations at 765-641-4100 (phone), 765-641-3888 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail), or visit the AU web site at www.anderson.edu/alumni/homecoming. Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, nursing, education and theology.