MOUNT UNION TO HONOR ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS
June 02, 2010
ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union College will honor five Alumni Service Award recipients during the Alumni Luncheon Saturday, June 9, as part of its Alumni Weekend celebration.
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 to the community. The award represents the highest non-academic honor an alumnus/alumna can receive from Mount Union.
This year's recipients of the Alumni Service Award include Rev. Dr. Kenneth and Grace Bird Chalker of Westlake, David Schooler of Columbus, Anita Richmond Bunkley of Houston, TX and Harold Hall of Alliance.
Kenneth and Grace Chalker
A 1971 graduate of Mount Union and a member of the College's Board of Trustees since 1992, Rev. Chalker currently serves as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Cleveland.
After earning his bachelor's degree from Mount Union, Rev. Chalker earned his master of divinity degree from Duke University in 1974, and his doctorate of ministry degree from Garrett-ETS at Northwestern University in 1982.
Throughout his career in the United Methodist Church, he has served as a clergy delegate to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church and as a member of both the North Central Jurisdictional Committee on Nominations and Elections; conference secretary for the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church; chair of the Ohio East Area Host Committee for the 2000 United Methodist General Conference; and member and vice chairperson for programs of the Commission on General Conference. He will also begin his term as a member of the World Methodist Council in July in Brighton, England.
Active in the community, Rev. Chalker is a member of the Board of Trustees for Recovery Resources of Greater Cleveland, Planned Parenthood of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, among several other civic offices and activities. He is also former pastor of the Union Avenue United Methodist Church in Alliance and recently gave the Baccalaureate Address for this year's 155th Commencement at Mount Union. He was cited as One of Cleveland's Most Interesting Persons by Cleveland Magazine in both 1988 and 1993. While at Mount Union, he received the honor of Outstanding Senior Man.
Mrs. Chalker, also graduated from Mount Union in 1971 with a degree in music education. Having taught in North Carolina and Ohio, most of her professional life she has been devoted to higher education. She served as assistant director of admissions at Mount Union and is currently associate director of admissions for Baldwin-Wallace College. She also serves as coordinator for the Five College Commission of the United Methodist Church-related colleges in Ohio.
Actively involved in school and community activities, Mrs. Chalker has served as president of a Parent Teacher Organization, where she helped to initiate a community latch-key program for school-age children in Alliance, and president of the Alliance Community Concert Association in 1985. She chaired the Reflections program for the Westlake City School District, is currently a member and secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Berea Children's Home and Family Services.
Mrs. Chalker is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international philanthropic educational organization for women and was a state officer on the executive board of the Ohio State Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood from 1993-2000, serving as state president in 1999-2000.
The Chalkers have two children, Laura, 25, and Wayne, 23, and a grandson, Wayne, 1.
Schooler earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics from
Mount Union in 1968. He is the owner and president of Town and Country Travel in Columbus, which he founded in 1979.
After graduating from Mount Union, Schooler served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and Brazil from 1968 to 1971. He has been a member of Mount Union's Board of Trustees since 1987.
The Schooler Family Foundation, begun by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Seward Schooler of Coshocton, funds Mount Union's presigious Schooler Lecture Series.
Anita Richmond Bunkley
A 1966 graduate of Mount Union, Bunkley has spent more than a decade writing fiction and non-fiction, while lecturing on topics related to career advancement, personal promotion, attitude adjustment, and making dreams come true. She is the author of five novels, two novellas, two non-fiction books, including Steppin Out With Attitude: Sister, Sell Your Dream, and a short story written exclusively for the Internet.
In addition to her writing, Bunkley spent five years touring with "African American Women on Tour," facilitating workshops to empower and motivate her audiences to take control of their futures. She also traveled to Cairo, Egypt to lecture at Ain Shams University and to discuss minority women in American fiction with the Egyptian Women Writers Association.
Bunkley has served as a teacher of Spanish, French and English-as-a-Second Language, a Director of the American Red Cross and a writer-in-residence with Houston's Writers in the Schools Program. In 2000, Bunkley was an NAACP Image Award nominee for her contribution to the anthology, Girlfriends.
She recently worked with several multicultural students at Mount Union through a program coordinated by Cynthia Graham, director of multicultural student affairs.
Graduating from Mount Union in 1949, Hall spent 35 years in education, serving as an elementary
teacher, principal, supervisor and school superintendent in Stark County.
Hall returned to Mount Union in 1983 as a counselor in the Office of Admissions. The following year he was named director of admissions and after actively recruiting students in southeast Asia and other parts of the world, he was named director of international programs.
In 1991, Hall left Mount Union and has served the community as a crew chief and board president for Ha
bitat for Humanity, a deliverer for Meals on Wheels, a member of the board for the Good Samaritan Clinic and a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee at Alliance Community Hospital. Currently, Hall serves as president of the Board of Trustees for the Alliance Neighborhood Center he helped to found.
Hall and his wife Alyce Springer, a 1947 graduate of Mount Union, have two sons, Dan and Todd, and a daughter Tracie.