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Greenville College Honors Alumni at Homecoming 2014

Greenville College has announced the winners of its 2014 Alumni Awards. This year’s honors go to Distinguished Alumnus Lieutenant Commander Stephen M. Coates, Outstanding Young Alumnus Michael Malone and Loyalty Awardee Bill Ahern.

The College will formally recognize the honorees during Homecoming Chapel, Friday, October 24, at 9:30 a.m. in Whitlock Music Center. Coates will deliver the chapel message. Members of the community are welcome to attend. 

Lieutenant Commander CoatesLieutenant Commander Coates currently serves at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. as assistant deputy chaplain of the Marine Corps and head of plans, policy and operations. He has ministered to men and women in uniform across the world through four deployments overseas. Prior to his career as a military chaplain, he worked as a youth pastor and associate pastor. Coates holds a master’s of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary (KY).

“The impact of recognition intrigues me,” he confessed, upon learning of his selection by the Greenville College Alumni Association for its highest award. Though his military honors include Navy and Marine Corps commendation and achievement medals with multiple stars, he is humbled by the prospect of addressing an audience that includes his Greenville connections, persons he regards as “heroes, mentors and lifelong models.”

Mike MaloneOutstanding Young Alumnus Michael Malone is the founder and executive director of South City Preparatory Academy (SCP), an academically rigorous charter school in St. Louis. Malone’s vision and expertise in high performing urban schools has guided SCP to realize high attendance rates and outstanding growth in student performance. While ninety percent of SCP students qualify for free or reduced lunches, over the past three years, they have averaged over 1.5 years of growth in math, reading, writing and science.

Bill AhernLong time Greenville resident Bill Ahern will receive the Loyalty Award for his dedication to the development of Greenville College’s Ayers Field Station. Ahern drew on his personal resources to enable the college to purchase the property and then invested years of “sweat equity” in its development. The Winslow Observatory and White Educational Science Center now housed on the property are the result of his handiwork and willing collaboration with others to make a dream come true. The professor emeritus of biology has also contributed his generous talents both behind the scenes and onstage at the Factory Theatre and through volunteer work with the Bond County Health Department, Habitat for Humanity, Greenville Regional Hospital and Greenville Free Methodist Church.

Selection for Greenville College alumni awards is based on a formal nomination and review process. Nominations for the 2015 Alumni Awards can be made on the Greenville College website, or by contacting Pam Taylor.

This story was published on October 24, 2014

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