Mount Union to Honor Award Recipients During Annual Alumni Luncheon

October 16, 2008

Gary AdamsMount Union College will honor the 2008 recipients of the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award, Young Alumni Award and McKinley Fellow Award during the annual Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, October 18 as part of the College’s 2008 Alumni Weekend and Homecoming celebration.

This year’s recipients of the Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award are Gary Adams ’75 and Connie (Snode ’70) and John ’71 Flynn

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 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.  

Adams is the president of the Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers Association, a position he has held since 1987.  Today, the association is recognized as one of the top-dealer associations in the nation. 

He has been recognized with the National Highway Safety Administration “Lifesaver” Public Safety Award and the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Presidents Award.

A Mount Union graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, Adams earned a juris doctor degree from Cleveland State University.  He has been a member of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees since 2006. 

He and his wife Connie made a Drive for Distinction campaign gift to name Adams Court in Hartshorn Village.  They are the parents of Peter and Katie.

Connie and John FlynnConnie Flynn earned a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Union in elementary education.  She has served as a teacher for West Jefferson Local Schools and Ravenna City Schools.

She has been a member of Alumni Council and Alliance’s alumae chapter of Alpha Xi Delta and has assisted with the College’s yearly phonathons.  She is also an avid community volunteer and board member for Family and Community Services.

John Flynn is the owner of Flynn & De Rhodes in Kent, OH, where he has practiced law for 34 years.  He graduated from Mount Union with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and earned a juris doctor degree from The Ohio State University. 

He currently serves on the Kent Board of Education and the Boards of the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation and Benny Cowgill Foundation. 

The Flynns reside in Kent, OH and are the parents of sons Jaredd, Scott and Ross and grandparents of Carter, Gradyn, Jack and Ryan. They recently made a Drive for Distinction campaign gift to name Snode-Flynn House in Hartshorn Village and have provided years of dedicated service.

Annalisa ZumbarReceiving the 2008 Young Alumni Award is Annalisa Zumbar ’91.  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 leaving the College.

Zumbar is a territory manager for the Mid- Atlantic Region of the Yokohama Tire Corporation.  She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Mount Union. 

While a student, she was a member of numerous organizations and was on the Dean’s List.  She is a member of Alumni Council, has been active in the Annual Fund, assisted with phonathons and helped establish the Annual Giving Call Center. 

The recipient of this year’s McKinley Fellow Award is Dr. Steve Kramer.  The McKinley Fellow Award is named for former U.S. President William McKinley, who was a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees and worked as a friend of the College for many years.  This award honors a  select group of individuals who have had a significant impact on Mount Union as non-alumni.

Dr. Dteve Kramer, professor of psychologyKramer, professor of psychology, came Mount Union in1974, splitting duties as counselor and faculty member. 

He established the Wilderness Experience in 1976 and the Social Responsibility Course in 1992 which has included annual Spring Break service trips to various third world countries.    He was one of the first at Mount Union to incorporate service-learning in the classroom and was instrumental in establishing an Office of Service-Learning and Community Service on campus.  He also helped establish JANUS, a student organization that focuses on citizenship and social justice, and was involved in the founding of the Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity.

Kramer earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to joining the Mount Union community, Kramer was a volunteer teacher in Baghad, Iraq, and served in the U.S. Army.

Saturday’s Alumni Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the tented area of King Hall parking lot.  The cost is $7 per adult.  Reservations can be made by calling the Office of Alumni and College Activities at (330) 823-2030.

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