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Dr. Jon Ashby

ACU professors honored with Ohio Valley College alumni awards

For immediate release
Feb. 19, 2003

Ohio Valley College in Vienna, W.Va., honored two Abilene Christian University professors and a former Abilene couple with alumni awards at an alumni dinner Feb. 15 as a part of OVC Homecoming weekend.

Dr. Jon Ashby, director of the communication sciences and disorders program at ACU, was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for 2003. Ashby graduated from Ohio Valley College in 1962 - the first graduating class from OVC - and was actually the first-ever OVC graduate, thanks to alphabetical order.

Ashby was recognized for his leadership in humanitarian and famine relief work in third world countries as well as his extensive professional support and educational services to three Ethiopian schools for the deaf. He has also worked in Peru, Haiti, Egypt and Russia and plans to return to Ethiopia in the summer to help establish two new schools for the deaf and assist with famine relief.

Locally, Ashby was instrumental in the development of the nationally accredited graduate program in communication sciences and disorders at ACU and is co-director of the Voice Institute of West Texas.

Dr. Richard Beck, ACU assistant professor of psychology, was the Merit of Medal recipient in the area of social sciences. Beck was a 1988 graduate of North Eastern Junior College, which later consolidated with OVC, and Beck continued his undergraduate degree at ACU. He has taught at ACU for the past five years in the Department of Psychology. As an experimental psychologist, he has published widely in the scientific literature in the areas of mood disorders and the psychology of religion.

In addition, former Abilenians Don and Rudith Drennan were given OVC's Honorary Alumni Award. Don has served in various roles at ACU, including business manager, athletic director, faculty member and assistant to the president. Don also served two terms on the Abilene City Council. The Drennans recently moved to Vienna, W.Va., where Don is now the senior vice president for administrative services at OVC.


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