Eight alumni received Distinguished Service Awards during Alumni Weekend 2011 for their outstanding service to Transylvania.
Evolyn Mains Allen '61 and Ed L. Allen '63 are one of Transylvania's most loyal couples. Both have a long history of helping to identify and recruit prospective students from Daviess County, and of attending alumni luncheons and admissions receptions in the Owensboro area. They have both served on reunion committees for their last three reunions. Ed received a Distinguished Achievement Award in 2003 and was inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2005.
Mark V. Blankenship '81 has made countless friends and helped to raise millions of dollars to benefit Transylvania students during his 26 years of employment at the university. He joined the staff in 1985 as assistant director of admissions and, after a series of promotions over the years, is now associate vice president for development. He has served as faculty and alumni adviser to his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, for 25 years. He is a member of planned giving societies at the state and national levels, and is a board member of the Central Kentucky Planned Giving Society.
Glen Bagby '66 has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006. A former member of the Alumni Executive Board, he has served on capital campaign committees and advocated on behalf of grant requests for thousands of dollars in scholarships. He served on his class reunion committee in 2006 and was gift chair for this year's 45-year reunion. In 2008 he agreed to underwrite the cost of organizing and digitizing a treasure trove of photographs in Special Collections; as of today, more than 5,600 images dating to 1895 have been put in an online gallery.
Sue Shadburne Call '71 has strengthened her ties with her alma mater through her participation in Transy and TEAM, a program for high school students interested in careers in ministry. She is senior minister at Downey Avenue Christian Church in Indianapolis, where she is active in the new Indianapolis Alumni Chapter. She served as class agent for six years and as a member of her class's reunion planning committee in 1996 and 2001.
Elizabeth Ann Martin '81 is a former president of the Alumni Executive Board who helped plan two reunions for her class and was gift chair in 2006. She served on the Beck Center Campaign Alumni Steering Committee in 1999. In 2001 she established the Susan Martin Wells '79 Endowed Scholarship in memory of her sister to help students pursuing careers in healthcare.
Patsy Alexander Nielsen '61 is a longtime member and former president of the Transylvania Women's Club and the Bluegrass Alumni Chapter Board. She chaired or co-chaired her class's 2011 reunion and her last three reunions. She is always looking for new ways to promote Transylvania and raise money for scholarships.
Robert Winn Turney '65 has served on the Bluegrass Alumni Chapter Board since 1997. A former member and president of the Alumni Executive Board and the T-Club, he and his wife, Sally, are regulars at Transylvania basketball games, lectures, and cultural events.