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New Members Bring Experience and Youth to Alumni Board

New Members Bring Experience and Youth to Alumni Board

Jared Martin begins most mornings anticipating the needs of hurried travelers who pass through the bustling Baltimore-Washington International Airport for a stay at its nearby Sheraton Hotel. One might think Martin, the Sheraton's operations manager, would have little time or reason to reflect on his past college days, yet he makes time. During his off hours, Martin has raised funds for the Greenville College football program and encouraged classmates and friends to give to the College's Fund for Educational Excellence.

Martin, a 2007 graduate, is one of five alumni this year to join Greenville College's Alumni Association Board of Directors. Others include Becky (Trueblood '74) Weinhandl, Kathleen (Stewart '91) Turpin, Charis Bastian '10, and Reed Lape '12. They join fellow board members in strengthening alumni relationships and giving back to the College.  

To students, the Alumni Board's most visible contribution on campus is the Watson and Bonnie Tidball Alumni House and Welcome Center. The group worked to acquire, renovate and furnish the building, which has since provided much-needed space for meetings and faculty offices. The Board also established an endowed scholarship for children of alumni. Five students next year will benefit from the award. This year, board members will fund the Almost Alumni program to increase awareness among college seniors of their continued relationship with Greenville College after graduation, a relationship demonstrated by the Board's newest members:

  • When Becky Weinhandl arrived on campus for her first board meeting this fall, she returned to the place where she gained distinction as a five-sport college athlete more than 30 years ago. Weinhandl's Greenville College experience paved the way for a long career in coaching, secondary education, and her eventual success in the male-dominated profession of athletic director. For the past 15 years, Marengo (IL) High School benefited from her leadership and expertise in organizing tournaments, coaching championship teams, and mentoring young coaches and athletes. GC's Alumni Board will now benefit from her wealth of knowledge about working with individuals and organizations.
  • In her spare time, Kathleen Turpin, an expert in employment law and vice president of human resources for Brotherhood Mutual Insurance, provides legal services pro bono to several ministries. Twice a year she coordinates hundreds of volunteers to provide clothing for needy children in her Fort Wayne (IN) community. Like Martin and Weinhandl, Turpin remembers her educational roots and faithfully supports her alma mater. An advocate for Christian higher education, she publicly credits Greenville College for helping to grow her faith.
  • Charis Bastian's willingness to serve on the College's Alumni Board comes as no surprise, given her history of working and volunteering with non-profit organizations. The greater Chicago native currently works as an assistant project manager with Soli Deo Gloria, Inc., a nonprofit international arts organization that promotes sacred classical music. She volunteers as a tour guide with the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and is also pursuing a master's degree in arts administration at Drexel University. Even while juggling these activities, Bastian makes time to give back to the college that helped shape her love of the arts.
  • Just a few months ago, new graduate Reed Lape served as Greenville College Student Association (GCSA) president and received the Watson S. Tidball Management Award in Marketing for his academic excellence, leadership, and service. Always intentional about expanding his experiences, Reed spent the summer working at the Air Force Academy's summer sports camp and participated in medical missions work in Bolivia. He is currently looking for employment, but mindful of continuing to serve the College through board membership.

The Alumni Board is pleased to welcome its newest members, a blend of youth, experience, loyalty to Greenville College, and continued heartfelt belief in its mission and purpose. 


This story was published on October 01, 2012

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