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Shorter University to honor Distinguished Alumni Award winners
September 20, 2013 - Shorter University will honor three alumni, former Georgia State Rep. Mike Keown, Vickie Bowen Henry and Rachel Rogers, with its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards will be presented on Sept. 28 during halftime of the University’s homecoming football game at Barron Stadium.
“Each year the Shorter University Alumni Association recognizes distinguished alumni who are using their God-given gifts and talents to serve His Kingdom,” said Sheri Ransome, Shorter University director of alumni relations and annual giving. “This year is no exception, and we are proud to honor these outstanding alumni!
“These remarkable individuals exemplify servant leadership and are continually giving of their time, talent and treasure in support of the Shorter experience.”
Dr. Keown remembers struggling a bit in Dr. Robert Gardner’s courses and having a conversation with the professor about why his classes were more difficult than others.
“His answer to me was, ‘I want you to be ready to go to seminary. If you can pass my classes, you can pass at any seminary you want to attend.’” Dr. Keown said. “He was right!”
Today, Dr. Keown enjoys rebuilding old homes, hunting, and working on and driving his dirt racecar. He was the Track Champion at Albany Motor Speedway in the Ministock Division in 2011.
Dr. Keown and his wife, Kathy, have two grown sons, Michael (married to Keumele) and Matthew (married to Christina), along with four grandchildren, Carrie, Andrew, Colt and Andee.
As an active member of the Republican Party, she attended the state GOP Conventions for the past three years as a delegate from Newton County, where she resides with her husband, the Rev. Reginald Henry.
She has taught on several grade levels in Rockdale and Newton counties in both public and private Christian schools. She has worked with Kroger since 1979.
While she attended Shorter, Mrs. Henry said she developed many strong friendships and most enjoyed her time participating in Epsilon Sigma activities and events.
“Because of Shorter, I have friendships that have truly lasted a lifetime,” she said.
Mrs. Henry and her husband of 41 years have one son, Ashley, and a daughter-in-law, Philadelphia.
“Today, as a member of the Department of Athletics staff, I try to give back the love and devotion I was shown to our student-athletes,” she said. “My mission field is my job, and that’s a pretty awesome experience to be living out.”
Ms. Rogers was active in Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Recreation Society, Epsilon Sigma, Zeta Rho Fraternity and intramurals as a student. In addition to her academic achievements, she also became the first person to not only cheer all four years at Shorter, but the first cheerleading scholarship recipient on the Hill.
“The greatest gift Shorter gave me was the opportunity to develop friendships that have depth, that have withstood time and that will always be,” she said.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. The Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its list of best value and best Southeastern Colleges. Shorter University is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Shorter offers traditional bachelor’s degree program in 48 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, and four master’s programs. Shorter is online at www.shorter.edu.
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