The Richmond Register

April 20, 2013

Blythe, Logue, Vice among six to enter EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University alumni and friends are invited to visit the campus Friday and Saturday when the university hosts its annual Alumni Weekend.

This year’s event features special reunions for the classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978 and 1983, with the Class of 1963 inducted as Pioneers.

Alumni of all years are welcome.

A highlight of the weekend is the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet, where six Eastern graduates will be inducted into the university’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The event will take place 6 p.m. Saturday in the Keen Johnson Ballroom. Tickets for the banquet are $35 each.

A full listing of Alumni Weekend events is available at: alumni.eku.edu/insidelook/alumni-weekend.

The six Hall of Distinguished Alumni inductees are:

• Rev. Robert Blythe, Richmond, pastor of First Baptist Church and a city commissioner

• Jeanie Gail Ashe Bowman, Hattiesburg, Miss., president of J .Bowman Associates

• Judy Layne-Wood, Yorktown, Va., retired teacher and registrar, now community volunteer

• Jean Chenault Logue, Richmond, Chief Judge, 25th Judicial Circuit

• Col. Ralph Newman, Grayson, retired Army officer

• Dr. Janna Vice, Richmond, EKU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Also, Dr. Ezra Engling, EKU professor of Spanish, and Karen Millsap, American Sign Language specialist in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education, will each receive the alumni association’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

A Distinguished Service Award will be presented to David McFaddin, Richmond, a 1999 EKU graduate now serving as the university’s executive director of government relations.

“Spring is a wonderful time to visit The Campus Beautiful and see it blooming with color,” said Jackie Collier, EKU’s director of alumni relations. “Alumni Weekend offers our alumni and friends a special time to reconnect with each other and with Eastern.”

The Richards Alumni House will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Early-bird registration will be offered at the Alumni House between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, President Doug Whitlock and his wife Joanne will host a reception for members of the Pioneer Class of 1963 and their guests at the Blanton House. A dinner ($20 per person) will be served at 6:30 in the Stratton Building Cafeteria.

Events continue Saturday with registration beginning at 9 a.m. in the Keen Johnson Building.

Saturday morning also includes a continental breakfast, class reunion photographs, and class luncheons and meetings at 11:30 a.m. ($19 per person).

The day also features campus tours, recognition of EKU Pioneers (those who graduated from the EKU at least 50 years ago), and the dedication of the William H. Berge Virtual Oral History Center in honor of the late EKU history professor.

Any graduate from 1963 or earlier who would like to be recognized this year as an EKU Pioneer should contact the Alumni Relations office, 622-1260.

The weekend also includes a reunion of Phi Mu alumni.

For more details about Alumni Weekend, or to make reservations for any of the events, call the Alumni Relations Office, 622-1260, or e-mail alumni.relations@eku.edu.