Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks Alumni Association will present its annual awards to 11 distinguished honorees during the Alumni Weekend 2006 Awards Luncheon, scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 8.
Don Kessler ’70 of San Diego will be honored with the Alumni Achievement Award; David Rawhouser ’69 of Arlington, Texas, will be awarded the Alumni Merit Award; and Richard Gaston of Stuttgart, Ark., will receive the Young Alumni Service Award. In addition, the Alumni Association has named eight alumni who will receive the 2006 Legacy Award for a lifetime of unselfishly giving of their resources to support Ozarks. They are: Fritz ’53 and Juanita (Blackard) Ehren ’71 of Clarksville; Wallace ’40 and Carolyn (Bush) Dobbins ’42 of Cedaredge, Colo.; Marie ( Hervey) Ingram ’33 of Clarksville; and Bruce ’43 and Virginia (Laster) Williams ’43 of West Columbia, Texas. Gladys Ruth Farmer ’37 of Little Rock, Ark., who passed away in February, will also be honored with the Legacy Award. Kessler has spent more than 30 years working as an athletic trainer on numerous levels. After graduating from Ozarks, he began serving as the Head Military Trainer for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972. Next, he worked at Delran High School in Delran, N.J., as head athletic trainer and teacher. He then served as the athletic trainer for numerous sports during a 10-year stint at Princeton University. Kessler began work at Rutgers University in 1987 as coordinator for athletic training, a job he held for 18 years. In October of 2005, he moved from the East Coast to the West Coast to work at San Diego State University, where he is in charge of athletic training, strengthening and conditioning departments. He also worked with the U.S. Olympic women’s rowing team in the 2004 Olympics. Rawhouser is the supervisor for joint interest accounting with Quick Silver Resources in Fort Worth, Texas. He has spent the past 30 years working in the field of accounting at various levels. Rawhouser is an active alumnus who gives back to his alma mater in many ways. Although he lives in Arlington, with his wife and son, he can be seen many weekends on the Ozarks campus as he has served for six years on the university’s Board of Trustees and on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors since 1993. In his stint as president of the Alumni Association, Rawhouser was instrumental in helping significantly raise the percentage of giving to the university among alumni. Gaston is the regional manager in charge of operations for BFH Trucking. A physical education and health major at Ozarks, Gaston has shown his strong leadership ability and support of Ozarks with his assistance in the establishment of the Jones Learning Center Leadership Council. He was recently elected to the university’s Board of Trustees. Tickets for the Awards Luncheon are $15 each. For more information on the Awards Luncheon or any Alumni Weekend 2006 event, please call the Alumni Office at 479-979-1234.