2008 Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Two alumni and two professors received Distinguished Service Awards during Alumni Weekend 2008 for their outstanding service to Transylvania.
Betty Scrivner Lollis ’58 retired from Transylvania in 1998 after serving in the admissions office as coordinator of the Transylvania premier scholarships, along with additional duties, and as director of the alumni and parent programs. She is a former president of the Alumni Executive Board, and continues to serve her alma mater as a member of the Transylvania Women’s Club. She was a member of the reunion committee for the 45th and 50th reunions of her class.
James E. Miller retired from Transylvania at the end of the 2008 academic year after 42 years as a computer science and mathematics professor. In addition to his teaching duties, he served as chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics, directed two self studies for reaffirmation of accreditation, and was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. He was faculty adviser for Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary for more than two decades. He also developed many activities that furthered the goals and reputation of the college, including summer academic camps for high school students and computer competitions that later became part of the statewide Academic Sweet 16 competition.
J. Richard Thompson retired from Transylvania at the end of the 2008 academic year after 31 years as a sociology professor, including one year when he also served as interim dean of students and 10 years when he was dean of students. He served the University in a variety of other ways, including as co-designer of and mentor in the new student orientation program, chair of selection committees for the William T. Young Scholarship and the Transylvania Scholarship, administration adviser to the Student Government Association, and member of selection committees for student orientation leaders and resident advisers.
Sarah Toncray Wyatt ’58 credits Transylvania faculty and staff members for instilling a love for lifelong learning that has enabled her to improve the quality of life in communities where she has lived and motivated her to support her alma mater as well. She served on the Alumni Executive Board from 1991-94 and on her class reunion committee in 2003. She has been a member and leader of the Transylvania Women’s Club since 1994.