Mount Union Honors Award Recipients During 2009 Alumni and Homecoming Weekend

October 01, 2009

Mount Union College will honor the 2009 recipients of the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award and Young Alumni Award during the alumni luncheon on Saturday, October 3, as part of the College’s 2009 Alumni Weekend and Homecoming celebration.

This year’s recipient of the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award is Thelma E. Slater '42, and Dan Griffith ‘99 will receive the Young Alumni Award.

The Alumni Service Award was established in 1942 and is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and for service to the College or to the community.  The award represents the highest non-academic honor that an alumnus/alumna can receive from the College. In 2003 the award was renamed in honor of Dodie Davis ’62 for 35 years of service and dedication to the institution. 
Thelma E. Slater ’42Slater’s career began as a teacher and counselor at all levels – elementary, junior high, high school, college and adult education.  In 2006, Slater retired from Canton City Schools and went on to serve in a full-time volunteer position with the Mayor’s Literacy Commission, serving as its program director. 
Over the years, she has been recognized with several professional awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Teacher Award, Stark County Counselor of the Year, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Master Teacher, Outstanding Ohio Adult Educator and the U.S. Secretary of Education Award for Family Literacy.

Her community awards include membership in the Stark County Bicentennial Wall of Fame, Distinguished Alumni Award, YWCA Women’s Hall of Fame, Rotary Club of Canton’s Excellence Award, Massillon Senior Citizen’s Award, Negro Oldtimers Phenomenal Women’s Award and the Canton City Schools Senior Volunteer Award.

Slater earned a bachelor of arts degree in French from Mount Union 1942. She also earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Kent State University and took graduate courses at The University of Akron.

The Young Alumni Award honors and recognizes those who at very early stages in their chosen careers or callings exemplify what Mount Union hopes all alumni will strive to achieve upon graduating from Mount Union.  The award is given to graduates within the past 15 years for their outstanding support, leadership and dedication to the College as young alumni.

Dan Griffith ‘99 Griffith earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Mount Union and went on to earn a juris doctorate degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2002.

He has served as a legal intern, a clerk for the Stark County Probate Court, a mediator for the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association in Dublin, Ohio and for the Alliance City Municipal Court. He is currently a partner at Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA. Griffith concentrates his practice on finding ways to help families, small businesses and public officials plan for the future.

Over the years, he has been honored as an Outstanding Pre-Law Student in Ohio’s Private Colleges and Universities by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges and recognized as one of 20 young leaders under the age of 40 by ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He is a member of the board of directors at Copeland Oaks Retirement Community and the North Canton Chamber of Commerce. Griffith also is a member of the Stark County Township Trustee's Association, Business Excellence Awards Committee and is active in the Mount Union Alumni Council, where he currently serves as vice president.

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