William Jewell College recognized alumni and student-athlete honorees at the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame dinners during Homecoming festivities on Sept. 27-28.
Alumni Award honorees recognized by the Board of Governors include:
- George Dooley of Kansas City, Mo., a 1953 graduate, received the John F. Truex Lifetime Alumni Service Award. Dooley and his late wife Edna, also a Jewell alumna, have been supporters of the debate team, restoration of Jewell Hall, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house, Alpha Gamma Delta wing and a new addition to campus, Dooley Plaza. He is a member of the Alexander Doniphan Heritage Society and a former member of the Alumni Board of Governors.
- Brad Hirni of Kansas City, Mo., a 1963 graduate, was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award for his many contributions to Jewell. Since 2001, he has served on the Career Mentor Commission and has been actively involved in all facets of the program. Hirni has additionally led a number of career networking events, volunteering his expertise as a master networker for over 13 years.
- Debbie (Gillespie) Mitchell of Sedalia, Mo., a 1975 alumna, was honored with the Jewell Humanitarian Award. In August 2012, she began serving as a justice advisor for the Rule of Law program in Afghanistan, counseling Afghan lawyers on the laws and constitution of Afghanistan. A prolific writer, teacher and lawyer, Mitchell has been elected Municipal Judge for the City of Sedalia since 1996. In addition to writing a column for the Sedalia Democrat, Mitchell teaches as an adjunct professor at State Fair Community College.
- Erin McGonigle of Kansas City, Mo., a 2008 alumna, was honored with the Young Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Since graduating, McGonigle, a registered physician at Research Medical Center, has remained active in the Jewell community, networking with and mentoring prospective students, especially those interested in the medical field. McGonigle is also a loyal supporter of the Jewell Concert Choir.
- Nancy Sherrick of Liberty, Mo., was recognized as an honorary alumna for the many years she has devoted to the college. She first joined the Jewell staff in 1973, working in the alumni office in 1973-1974; in advancement from 1974-1989; and in the president’s office from 1989-2005. She served as secretary to the college’s Trustees and as a member of the presidential search committee that brought Dr. David Sallee, to the college.
Honorees inducted into Jewell’s Athletic Hall of Fame include:
- Bobby Nield of Kansas City, Mo., a 1954 alumnus, was recognized for outstanding achievements in football, wrestling and track. Nield, a two-time All-Conference player, is also a member of the 1950 Jewell Hall of Fame football team.
- Jill Cress of Lawson, Mo., head of the women’s basketball program, was named Conference Coach of the Year on three occasions and has led the Cardinals to three conference titles and seven NAIA National Tournament appearances. Recently, her 2012-13 team was honored by the GLVC for earning the highest GPA among the conference’s women’s basketball teams.
- The late James “Jim” Dudley of Springfield, Ill., a 1963 graduate, was recognized for his contributions to the basketball team. Dudley helped lead the 1960 men’s basketball team to the Final Four of the NAIA National Tournament. As their leading scorer, he netted 1363 career points and led the college’s career assists at the time of his graduation.
- David Reid of Solon, Iowa, a 1983 graduate, was recognized for his contributions to the baseball team, and was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-District and First Team NAIA All-American during his time at Jewell. He helped lead the 1983 baseball team to win conference, district and area IV titles, and completed the year with a batting average under .500.
- Katie (Helwig) Munger of Lubbock, Texas, a 2003 graduate, was honored for her achievements on the basketball team. Munger was named First Team All-Conference for three consecutive years, NAIA II Honorable Mention All-American for two consecutive years and “Newcomer of the Year” in the HAAC Conference. She is seventh on Jewell’s career scoring list.
- The 1959-1960 men’s basketball team finished second in conference play and qualified for the National Tournament. They finished the year 23-10, tying the 1956-1957 men’s team for the record of most wins in Jewell’s history.
- The 1986 women’s track and field team defeated 17 opponents to remain undefeated throughout the indoor season. They won the Heart of America Athletic Conference indoor meet with 196 points and the HAAC outdoor meet with 227 points, and secured wins in the Central Methodist University, Westminster College and Park University Relays.
Student-athletes who were recognized include:
- Sarah Franklin of Independence, Mo., class of 2014, was presented the Vicki Larason Landman Award for leading Jewell to a 15-3-3 record and to the NCAA National Tournament in 2012. Franklin was named GLVC Women's Soccer Co-Student Athlete of the Year and GLVC Offensive Player of the Year.
- Nathan Graber of Kansas City, Mo., a sophomore, was presented with the R.E. “Dad” Bowles Award. A member of the men’s swimming team, Graber received honorable mention as an Academic All-American by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for achieving NCAA B Qualifying standards and earning a GPA above 3.5.
- Andrew “Drew” Mitrisin of Columbia, Mo., class of 2013, was honored with the Cecil R. Martin Award for his contributions to the baseball team. He was named to the GLVC Second All-Conference team and helped the Cardinals secure wins against top GLVC teams, including No. 1 seed Drury University. Mitrisin was also named GLVC pitcher of the week for his performance against the University of Sioux Falls.
- Faith Song of Claremont, Calif., class of 2015, was honored for her contributions to the softball team with the Omar William Nadler Athletic Award. Song, a two-year starter and team captain, was named Offensive Player of the Year with a .340 hitting average and has led the Cardinals in both homeruns and RBIs.