Alumni Awards

Each year Anderson University recognizes alumni and friends who have truly exemplified the call to live a life of faith and service. These awards are aimed at recognizing the accomplishments of alumni and friends and their service to humanity and society. These awards are given every year and each has different selection criteria. Nominations are encouraged by all alumni, parents, and friends of the University. To learn more about Alumni awards, you are invited to contact the Alumni Office at

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Distinguished Alumni

Lloyd Larson BA ’76

Lloyd Larson is a freelance composer writing music for various publishers around the United States with his own business Lloyd Larson Music. Larson’s compositions are known worldwide and his fusion of faith and music led him to Anderson University. Larson’s first published piece was called Love Will Be Born, and he has since published many more.

Today, Larson also works as a reviewer and recently released a Christmas cantata called Morning Star.  Larson remains humble in his approach to the music he writes; for him, it is all about faith and music. In his own words, “music has an ability to bring all our senses together in a unique kind of way.”

While a student at Anderson University, Larson met his wife, Marci, and their son Philip Larson ’07, daughter-in-law Kylee ’10, and many family members are AU alumni as well. Together, he and Marci have three children and five grandchildren.

In reflection upon his time at Anderson University, Larson recalls his favorite memory of meeting his wife, Marci, but other fond memories include participating in activities Anderson College Choir tours, Candles & Carols, chapel experiences, Tri-S experiences in various locales musical productions, and other campus activities.

Larson states: “What makes AU a special place in my mind are the life-long relationships that were established when I was here; both fellow students and faculty and staff members with whom I am still connected. I believe I received a strong education which prepared me for graduate school and career, but even more importantly, I established a network of friends and mentors that have continued to be a valued part of my life to this day.”

Previous Award Recipients

2017 Beth Tharp, AS ‘80, MBA ‘05
2016 Kristian Andersen, BA ’96
2015 Tim Hobbs, BA ’73
2014 Lawrence Brownlee, BA ’96
2013 Rudolph “Rudy” Reginald Pyle III, BA ’92
2012 Dr. Peter Beckman, BA ’85
Distinguished Young Alumni

Philip Peters BA ’02

Philip Peters works for True Artist Management where he is a Management Associate for Christian music artists DC Talk, TobyMac, and Mandisa. Additionally, Peters served as the youth pastor at his church in Franklin, Tenn. from 2008-2014 and is also the founder of Restore Haiti, a service organization serving Jacmel, Haiti.

Peters and his peers started the nonprofit in 2005 and experienced major growth after the devastating earthquake in 2010; Restore Haiti continues to grow. This ministry feeds, clothes, and educates children through a sponsorship program. Restore Haiti serves over 1,000 students in three communities and directly employs over 50 Haitians while also supporting students for universities and trade schools to help provide a culture to go from poverty to provision by offering a hand up.

The nonprofit works disaster relief during natural disasters to provide water and re-establish agriculture for local farms. Restore Haiti also supports over 60 schools with supplies and tuition as well as drilling wells for clean water in communities.

When it comes to his alma mater, Peters enjoyed being surrounded by a Christian and real-world atmosphere. “I felt like my transition from childhood home to career was surrounded by people that I could take the opportunity to go deeper in relationship, studies, and other activities,” said Peters. “You pay for an education, but you leave with a stronger spiritual walk to help you through life.”

Peters and his wife Laura Beth have one son, Jacob, who is 11 months old.

Previous Award Recipients

2017 Kyle Schroeder, BA ’10
2016 Kara Carlisle, BA ’99
2015 Travis Taflinger, BA ’04, Casey Cline, BA ’03
2014 Paul Mumaw, BA ’97
2013 Ryan Daniel, BA ’07
2012 Amanda Scott, BA ’07
Distinguished Service

Janet Brewer BA ’77

Janet Brewer is the director of the Anderson University Nicholson Library. She received her bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in Music Education in 1977 and was involved in concert band, wind ensemble, and Anderson Symphony Orchestra while a student at AU. She then went on to earn her master of science in music education from the University of Illinois in 1982, master of library science from Simmons College in 1990, and PhD Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation in 2008 from University of Kentucky.

Brewer has served AU in countless ways — including the impact on student lives — as well as serving the greater community of Anderson through the Rotary Club. “Janet is a visionary who is always looking for the best way to facilitate learning. She has created a library that is a vibrant place for “sparking curiosity, imagination, and collaboration; fostering critical thinking and scholarship,” says Anderson University Provost Dr. Marie Morris. Since 2007, Brewer has worked to keep Nicholson Library relevant by consistently learning and staying up to date on information literacy and library science best practices.

Brewer has also received recognition with the 2016 Madison County Community Shining Star award, the 2015 Anderson Rotary Club Elmo Funk Ideal of Service Award, the 2014-15 Anderson University Community Responder Award, the 2012 School of Nursing “Friend of Nursing” Award, and served as the 2010-11 Anderson Rotary Club President.

Brewer appreciates the relationships formed with her colleagues and students and AU’s mission that is intentionally focused on preparing for a life of faith and service.

Previous Award Recipients

2017 Chris Williams, BA ‘92, MBA ‘00
2016 Dr. Merle Strege, BA ’69, MDiv ’72
2015 Greg Heberling
2014 Tom Bruce, BA ’71
2013 Dr. William Farmen, BA ’58
2012 Dr. Stanley Stephens, BA ’65
John H. Kane Loyalty

Reverend Dr. James Earl Massey

The late Rev. Dr. James Earl Massey was dean emeritus of the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry and was also a Distinguished Elder-at-large for the National Association of the Church of God. He passed away June 24, 2018.

Growing up in Detroit, Massey heard the call to ministry at the age of 16. “In all the years which have transpired since that holy hour, I have never had any reason to reinterpret what happened to me during that great listening moment of grace,” he wrote in his biography, Aspects of My Pilgrimage. “The voice that called me was so clear, and its bidding, though gentle, bore the unmistakable authority of a higher realm. Since that time of encounter during worship, I have known the work to which my head, heart, and hands were to be devoted.”

Massey earned his bachelor’s degree from William Tyndale College, master’s degree from Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, and doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary. He came to Anderson in 1969 to serve as the university’s first campus pastor, a role he held until 1976. During that time, he also taught in both the undergraduate and graduate schools. He returned to AU in 1989 to lead the seminary, retiring in 1995.

During his ministry, Massey also served as senior pastor of the Metropolitan Church of God in Detroit, missionary educator in Jamaica, speaker on the “Christian Brotherhood Hour” radio broadcast, and dean of the chapel of Tuskegee University. He preached and lectured at more than 100 colleges, universities, and seminaries in the United States and on four continents. A prolific writer, Massey authored 18 books and provided editorial leadership for the magazine Christianity Today as well as The New Interpreter’s Bible.

In addition to his service in ministry, Massey will also be remembered for his great passion for music. He began playing the piano at the age of 7, and until he received the call to ministry, had planned on becoming a classical pianist. His musical talent served him well when after his ordination he was called into action by the U.S. military. He was fortunate to be able to serve in Austria, where he worked as a chaplain’s assistant, manager of the chapel office, and organist for the camp chapel services. While in Austria, he also successfully auditioned to become a piano student at Salzburg’s Mozarteum.

“Dr. James Earl Massey has been a living legend in the Church of God movement and a noteworthy scholar and administrator of Anderson University,” said John S. Pistole, president of Anderson University.

Previous Award Recipients

2017 Richard Jason Lenz, BA ‘86
2016 Rev. Dr. Diana Swoope, Master of Religious Education ’81


2015 Deanna Edwards, BA ’65
2014 Dr. David Sebastian, MA ’77
2013 Dr. Fred Shively, BA ’61
2012 Connie Graham, BA ’75
MOSAIC Multicultural Alumni

Lerone A. Martin BA ’02

Lerone A. Martin is a 2002 graduate of Anderson University and the Associate Professor of Religion and Politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is also on the faculty of the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. His research and teachings focus on the historical intersections of religion, media, and race in twentieth-century United States.

Martin is the author of the award-winning Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014). The book was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Frank S. and Elizabeth Brewer Prize for outstanding scholarship in religious history by a first-time author by the American Society of Church History.

In support of his research, Martin has received a number of nationally-recognized faculty fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Council of Learned Societies, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, and the Forum for Theological Exploration.

His commentary and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as on CNN. He is currently writing a book on the relationship between religion and national security in American history. The book will be published by Princeton University Press.

Previous Award Recipients

2017 Aleza Beverly, BA ’83
Outstanding Music Alumni

Jon McLaughlin BA ’05

Jon McLaughlin graduated from Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business. He grew up in Anderson, Indiana and he was the first artist signed to Orangehaus Records, AU’s student-run record company. He has released five studio albums and has toured with several artists including Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, and O.A.R. He is featured in the Disney film, “Enchanted” performing “So Close,” and on the film’s soundtrack. The song also received an Oscar nomination, which led to McLaughlin’s performance at the 80th Academy Awards.

McLaughlin says, “As a singer-songwriter and a touring musician, I find myself just about every day either playing a show on the road or sitting at a piano writing a song and using the skills that I learned at Anderson University. The faculty and staff in the music department were awesome and they really just equipped me with the tools that I needed to get out there in the real world and start building a career for myself. I also found AU to be a really great community of believers where I could grow in my faith and learn about the love of God.”

Previous Award Recipients

2017 David Leon Coolidge, BA ’57
2016 Valerie Maze, BA ’88


2015 Jay Rouse
2014 Dr. Rebecca Chappell, BA ’76
2013 Gloria Gaither, BS ’63, Doctor of Humane Letters ’89
2012 Bill Gaither, BA ’59, Doctor of Music ’73
Alumni Council Scholarship

Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders is a freshman at Anderson University hailing from Wauseon, Ohio. Her parents are Doug ’92 and Tonya ’92 Sanders, both AU alumni. Sanders is an education major and is in the Anderson University honors program.

At AU, Sanders hopes to be connected with the education faculty and grow in her faith. She states: “I am looking forward to all of the things Anderson University has in store for me and the aspects of my life that will continue to grow during my time here at AU.

Noah Horner

Noah Horner is a freshman at Anderson University from Westfield, Ind. His parents are Christian ’91 and Linda ’95 Horner, both AU alumni. In following his parents’ footsteps, Horner is an education major and hopes to earn his degree in either elementary or secondary education.

In strengthening his faith, Horner believes surrounding himself with classmates and professors who have similar beliefs but different walks of life will help bring him closer to God. He believes he will accomplish this while at Anderson University.

School of Nursing Awards

Jan Bronnenberg: Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award

Jan Bronnenberg, RN received her nursing degree from the Marion County General Hospital nursing program in 1970 and worked in the ICU, cardiopulmonary, and homecare services within Community Hospitals, Bethany Point, and St. Vincent Regional Anderson. Bronnenberg retired nine years ago with over 35 years of nursing service.

In 2014, Bronnenberg attended a funeral of a friend, who was also a nurse, and was surprised to see two nurses in full uniforms also in attendance. The nurses were from the Nursing Honor Guard, a ministry for retired and working nurses to pay tribute as a part of the service in honor of fellow nurses at their funeral.

This honorary gesture struck a chord with Bronnenberg, and she decided to form her own chapter for local nurses who pass away in her community. Since beginning the Nursing Honor Guard in September 2014, Bronnenberg and her group of volunteers have attended 114 funeral services and have spurred the establishment of 15 Nursing Guard Chapters around Indiana.

“It is important for these nurses to be honored,” said Bronnenberg, “and this is their final tribute.”

Kay Hite AS ’81: Outstanding School of Nursing Alumni Award 

Rosemary ‘Kay’ Hite, LPN graduated from Anderson University in 1981 and is a retired nurse from St. John’s Hospital (St. Vincent Anderson Regional) after 31 years of service.

While a student at AU, Hite was president of her nursing class. “AU has a Christian philosophy for the students to carry throughout their lives in their given majors or life in general,” Hite said. “In the area of nursing, we had caring instructors that wanted you to be the best nurse you could be and a foundation for leadership skills.”

Hite is honored for her contribution to the Nursing Honor Guard in Madison County, a ministry that honors deceased nurses at their funerals, with a group of 26+ local nurses. At a nurse’s funeral, two nurses of the Nursing Honor Guard not only attend, but stand guard at the urn or casket, provide the Florence Nightingale pledge, and light a Florence Nightingale lamp, which is then given to the family.

In addition to participating in the Nursing Honor Guard, Hite has also been a certified legal nurse consultant, Bible study fellowship leader, Sunday school teacher for 15 years, Godly Play Leader, and Youth for Christ Leader.

Pat Bennett: Community Service Award

Patricia “Pat” Bennett, BSN, MA, Ph.D. is an Anderson University professor emerita; she taught at Anderson University from 1973 to 2001 and served as Dean of the School of Nursing from 1983 to 2000. “I loved many things about AU,” says Bennett. “It was a wonderful place to teach. The other faculty and students were outstanding, very welcoming to all, put their faith into practice, were innovative and very supportive.” The service opportunities were a special part of her time at Anderson University, especially the nursing trips to India.

Since retiring from teaching, Bennett serves as a part-time healthcare minister at College Avenue United Methodist Church in Muncie, Ind. and has worked extensively with National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) in her community. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Bennett is the representative for her residential community.

Bennett is involved with the Beta Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, and has received the Award for Excellence in Nursing, Vivian Conley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health/Women’s Equality Day Awards, in addition to this Lifetime Achievement Award from Anderson University School of Nursing Alumni.

Bruce Carr BA ’61: Friend of Nursing Award

Throughout his life, H. Bruce Carr has been positively impacted by the caring nurses who have helped him in times of medical need.

In the fall of 1957, Carr was a freshman student at Anderson University. Within the first few weeks of school, Carr caught the Asian flu and was sent to the infirmary (set up in Dunn Hall basement) where a nurse helped him overcome the flu.

Later in his college career, Carr responded to a request from Dean Olt to give blood. He walked from AU’s campus to St. John Hospital to do so, and a nurse drew his blood so that it could benefit others. This experience had a lasting impact on Carr’s life. He became a coordinator for the American Red Cross and introduced over 1,700 students in his Detroit high school to giving blood. He himself has given over 136 pints of blood. Amongst serious health conditions in recent years, nurses have cared for Carr every step of the way.

As a result of his positive experiences with nurses, Carr is a champion for medical missions and the Anderson University School of Nursing. During a short-term medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Carr met fellow travelers who introduced him to the Global Missions Health Conferences that are hosted each year in Louisville, Ky. When he arrived at his first conference, he saw students from colleges and universities from states far and near, and he saw the learning opportunities at the conference for Anderson University nursing students. Carr gives generously each year so that AU nursing students are able to attend the Global Missions Health Conference. Carr is truly a friend of Anderson University School of Nursing.

2017 Recipients

Friend of Nursing: Nancy Mumbower AS ’76
Lifetime Achievement in Nursing: Nancy Pitcock
Alumni Community Service: Ashley Wilson BS ’12
Outstanding School of Nursing Alumni: Aaron Wilson BS ’03

2014 Recipients 

Lifetime Achievement in Nursing: Beverly Travis, MSN-MBA ’07
Friend of Nursing: Keith Trent
Distinguished Nursing Alumni: Todd Mossoney, AS ’86

2013 Recipient

Paige Dooley, MSN-MBA ’01

2012 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement in Nursing: Beth Leavell
Service to the Community: Becky Bartle
Distinguished Nursing Alumni: Mike Fights, MBA ’07
Friend of Nursing: Janet Brewer, BA ’77

Honorary Degree Recipients
2018 Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Doctor of Divinity
Dr. Todd R. Clear BA ’71, Doctor of Humane Letters
Margaret A. Lewis, Doctor of Humane Letters
2017 The Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Doctor of Humane Letters
Regina Troutman Snowden, Doctor of Humane Letters
2016 Leonard Sweet, Doctor of Divinity
Rev. Arnetta McNeese Bailey, Doctor of Divinity
2015 Dr. James L. Edwards, Doctor of Humane Letters
2014 Susan Ellsperman, Doctor of Laws
Esther K. Augsburger, Doctor in Fine Arts
Rev. Arlene Hall, Doctor of Divinity
Dr. Kenneth F. Hall, Doctor of Divinity
2013 Andrea Morehead, Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Robert McCurdy, Doctor of Science
Athletics Hall of Fame

Jennifer Ferguson BA ’05

Ferguson is a 2005 graduate and former standout of AU’s women’s soccer program. Ferguson is the program’s all-time leader in game-winning goals with 15 – eight more than the closest Lady Raven. She is second all-time in points (122), goals (50), points per game (1.55) and goals per game (0.64). She ranks fourth all-time in assists (22). Her 77 games started and 6,783 minutes played are both all-time records. She holds single-season records in points (47), goals (20), game-winning goals (seven) and shots attempted (82, twice). She still holds the record for most goals in a game, scoring five against St. Mary’s of the Woods on Sept. 28, 2004. She set the school record for points in a game that day with 12.

Tim Fox BA ’82

Fox is a 1982 graduate and former track and field star. He has held the school indoor high jump record (6-10 1/4) since the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March of 1979. He has held the outdoor mark (7-0 1/4) since 1982. He is a three-time All-American, was named all-district four times and all-conference twice. Currently a professor at the university, Fox won the high jump at the Little State Championships in 1982. He was ranked in the Top 4 among all NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) high jumpers in the spring of 1982. He earned indoor All-America honors in 1979 by finishing sixth in the nation and followed it up with a fourth-place finish in 1980. In 1982, he was named a Track and Field Academic All-American. He was a four-time District 21 champion in the high jump.

Jeff Howard BA ’08

Howard starred for the men’s basketball team from 1981-86. He was named an NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) All-American for the 1985-86 season and was an all-district, all-conference performer and team MVP from 1984 to 1986. He was the Ravens’ captain for the 1985-86 season, during that season he was voted the District 21 NAIA Player of the Week. He ranks No. 6 on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,615 points. He scored 635 points, tied for fourth-most in a season, during the 1985-86 campaign, averaging 21.2 points for the season. Howard returned to AU to complete his degree in 2008.

Al Jones BA ’99

Al Jones is a 1999 AU grad and former men’s soccer standout. Jones was a three-time all-conference selection and three-time team MVP. He is the school’s all-time leader for intercepts (222). The former goalkeeper is also the program’s all-time leader in shutouts (18) and saves (444). Jones played in 66 games, including 63 starts and played 5584 minutes for the Ravens.


Other Recognition

The 1993 football team went 10-0 in the regular season and won the ICAC (Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference). It was AU’s first-ever undefeated regular season. AU averaged 35.3 points per game that season while giving up only 16.5 per contest. The team members and their families who returned to Homecoming 2018 were organized by Chris Conkling BA ’95.

The Heritage Era recognizes female student-athletes that participated prior to having association with a conference. AU will celebrate those that represented various sports and are graduates from the years 1975 to 1979.

View previous Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees.

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Alumni Awards Criteria

The following awards may be presented annually to individuals that best fit the descriptions and criteria for each Distinguished Alumni Award.

You do not need to be an alum of the university to nominate an AU alum for an award.

Anderson University Distinguished Alumni Award

The following criteria are used in selecting the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient:

  1. An alumnus of Anderson University having completed a minimum of 24 semester hours
  2. One who has given distinguished service to humanity through his/her profession and/or personal achievement
  3. One whose contribution reflects well on the University

Anderson University Distinguished Young Alumni Award

The following criteria are used in selecting the Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient:

  1. An alumnus of Anderson University having completed a minimum of 24 semester hours, and is under the age of 40
  2. One who since attending Anderson University has distinguished him/herself through professional and or personal achievement
  3. One whose contribution reflects well on the University

Anderson University MOSAIC Multicultural Alumni Award

The following criteria are used in selecting a MOSAIC Multicultural Alumni Award recipient who embodies the ideal of “modeling and promoting an environment in which all people feel welcomed and affirmed on the journey toward intercultural humility:”

  1. Intentionally fostering the values of diversity and racial harmony which are so deeply rooted in the history and theology of Anderson University and the Church of God.
  2. Extending hospitality by interacting in meaningful ways with people whose lives have been shaped by cultures different from their own.
  3. Engaging in scholarship or community engagement addresses issues of reconciliation, cross-cultural understanding, and/or racial justice.
  4. Serving as an advocate and change agent for marginalized communities.
  5. Challenging individuals to recognize automatic assumptions, perceptions, and stereotypes about people with different cultural worldviews.

Anderson University Distinguished Service Award

The following criteria are used in selecting the Distinguished Service Award recipient:

  1. Past or present member of Anderson University faculty or staff
  2. One who has given outstanding service to Anderson University
  3. A person who has characterized the values and ideals of Anderson University

John H. Kane Loyalty Award

The following criteria are used in selecting the John H. Kane Loyalty Award recipient:

  1. An alumnus or friend of Anderson University
  2. One who has given distinguished service to Anderson University