ACU to honor alumni for distinguished achievement at Gutenberg Dinner

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Oct. 16, 2001

Abilene Christian University on Oct. 18 will honor a Golf Channel anchor, an Emmy nominated video producer and editor, and an advertising executive from the Portland, Ore. agency that brought Nike Tiger Woods.

ACU's nationally accredited Journalism and Mass Communication Department will honor three alumni at its annual Gutenberg Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Teague Special Events Center on the campus.

Honorees this year are: Grant Boone, anchor for The Golf Channel, Gary Foster, post-production supervisor for Bill Young Productions in Houston, and Amber Lavender, director of business affairs for Wieden & Kennedy in Portland, Ore.

As an eight-year radio broadcast veteran, Boone has covered the professional tours of the PGA and LPGA. He served five years as the sports director of USA Radio and covered sporting events including The Masters, Super Bowl, NCAA Men's Final Four and Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. Before joining The Golf Channel, Boone announced for PGA Tour radio for three years.

A graduate of ACU, Boone is married and has two children.

Foster has been nominated five times for an Emmy Award, three times for editing and two for camerawork. He also worked as a free-lance director, cameraman, and editor for Showtime, BBC, ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC and FOX.

Foster did freelance work with Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight and Deidre Hall of Days of Our Lives creating video resumes for actors/actresses. Broadway credits include Jekyll and Hyde, Funny Girl, Sound of Music, West Side Story, and Miss Saigon.

More recently, Foster served as technical director and editor of "An Evening with George Strait" the first country music concert ever shot in High Definition Video, which aired on Country Music Television in April 2001.

Bill Young Productions added several area facilities to form Extreme International, the largest independent production company in Houston. Foster lives in Richmond with his wife Stephanie and teaches students part-time in non-linear editing at the Art Institute of Houston.

Lavender educates Wieden & Kennedy clients such as Nike and Coca-Cola on legal issues to avoid union claims and assists with business affairs in other W&K offices in Tokyo, London, Amsterdam and New York.

Lavender was the principal, senior broadcast business manager of Publicis/Bloom in Dallas from 1991-1996. She worked with production and casting companies to produce client commercials and handled the execution of union contracts, talent re-negotiations and music licenses.

During her nine years at Publicis/Bloom, Lavender also held the positions of broadcast traffic manager, broadcast assistant and creative assistant.

Earlier in her career, Lavender worked for WFAA-TV, Channel 8 in Dallas. Working as scheduling coordinator, production department, she produced local segments of "Nightline" and "Good Morning America." Lavender also assisted with the local telecasts of the 1984 Republican National Convention.

Previous honorees include Bonnie Curtis, co-producer of the Stephen Spielberg film "A.I." and award-winning Christian author Max Lucado.

Abilene Christian University is the fourth largest private university in the southwest and the largest of those nationwide affiliated with the Churches of Christ. More than 4,700 students study in 20 departments including the JMC Department, which was nationally accredited earlier this year by ACEJMC.


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