ACU to present new awards at Sing Song 2000
For Immediate Release
Feb. 22, 2000
Two new awards were presented at Abilene Christian University's Sing Song 2000 Saturday, Feb. 19.
For the first time ever, the Bob Hunter Sing Song Award and the Jeannette Lipford Sing Song Award were presented to two students who exemplify the spirit of Sing Song.
"Bob Hunter and Jeannette Lipford are two people who have just been instrumental in Sing Song that I wanted to honor this year," said Phyllis Wilson, director of Sing Song and creator of the new awards. "They are Mr. and Mrs. Sing Song in my opinion."
Hunter, ACU's vice president emeritus, created Sing Song in 1957. Lipford, assistant professor emerita of voice, has served as the host/hostess vocal coach for many years.
"Bob is just so enthusiastic and happy to encourage others," Wilson said. "Jeannette has played such a big role in the vocal part of Sing Song. They've always been so supportive, even when not actively involved in Sing Song."
These awards were a surprise to the audience, to Hunter and Lipford and to the students who received them.
Both Hunter and Lipford were presented framed citations honoring their work with Sing Song.
Matt Coker, freshman theatre major from Abilene, received the Bob Hunter Sing Song Award. Katy Floyd, senior elementary education major from Johnson City, received the Jeannette Lipford Sing Song Award.
The students who were selected, although not on production staff or hosts or hostesses, have shown dedication to sing song and outstanding character, Wilson said.
"They've worked behind the scenes and have been instrumental in the show," Wilson said. "They exemplify the characteristics of Bob and Jeannette - enthusiastic, hard work ethic, Christian attitude. It's really a character award."
Coker was involved with the technical crew and the building of the stage. Floyd was assistant to the costumer and helped with the "We Are One" act.
Ray McGlothlin presented the Jeannette Lipford Sing Song Award, and Dr. Bill Teague presented the Bob Hunter Sing Song Award.
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