College to Honor Alumni Service Award Recipients

April 06, 2010

Mount Union College will honor three Alumni Service Award recipients during the Alumni Luncheon as part of the Alumni Weekend, June 7 - 9.

Established in 1942, the Alumni Service Awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and for service to the College or the community. The award represents the highest non-academic honor an alumnus/alumna can receive from Mount Union.

William ('52) and Carolyn (Cowie '55) Krochta are active community volunteers. William, who received a bachelor of science degree from Mount Union and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University, was employed by PPG Industries in Barberton, OH and Monroeville, PA before retiring in 1992. He has been a member of the Mount Union College Board of Trustees since 1980, and presently serves on the Committee of Student Affairs. As a member of Wadsworth United Methodist Church, William has served in many capacities throughout the years including Chairman of Trustees, Education, Finance, Building Fund Campaign and Methesco Scholarship Committee. He is involved as a church school teacher, church council member, lay leader, church and district delegate to the East Ohio Conference and choir member. Last summer, William spent three weeks in Russia with the Russian Initiative. He has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, president of Barberton United Way and serves on the Summit County United Way Development Committee. As a member of the Wadsworth Rotary Club, he has served on the Board of Trustees.

Carolyn, who received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Mount Union, has served as vice president, a member of the nominating committee and a member at large for the National Cabinet of Mount Union Women. She is very involved in the church, having served as chair of the Church Council and Memorials Committee, United Methodist Women president, circle leader, treasurer and was selected as Woman of the Year. Carolyn and a friend organized the Christmas Cookie Walk in 1993, which has resulted in nearly $15,000 to support the missions of United Methodist Women. She cooks for two Rotary crews with the profits going to United Methodist Women and the Asbury Sunday School class. In the community, she is a tutor for the Ohio Reads Program, helps prepare lunch for the summer lunch program and cooks for Meals on Wheels. Carolyn has been a member of the United Way allocations committee. She has volunteered for Akron Golf Charities for 30 years at Firestone professional golf tournaments.

William and Carolyn have been married for 48 years and have three grown children, Jeff '79, Lori '81 and Todd (Hiram College '84). They have eight grandchildren, and the oldest, David Krochta, will be joining Mount Union as a member of the 2002 freshman class.

Joan (Davis '60) Guylas and her late husband, Joe, have two children and grandchildren. Guylas' parents, Sam and Jeanette Davis, established the Jasam Foundation. Guylas, through the Jasam Foundation, has funded the establishment of a Multimedia Center and Curriculum Lab at Mount Union. The Multimedia Center and Lab are used by the education department to prepare teachers to use educational technology. The centers also enhance the technology and training of special needs children. Guylas, a former teacher, earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and taught nine years in the Ohio school system.

Guylas enjoys collecting LGB trains, researching genealogy and sewing.

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