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ACU education awards presented

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April 5, 2004

Abilene Christian University recently presented its annual Morlan Medal to Dr. John E. Morlan, professor at San Jose State University, and honored two local friends of education, Loretta Fulton of the Abilene Reporter-News and Dave Boyll of the Abilene Radio Corp.

Dr. Morlan, 1952 graduate of ACU and professor at San Jose State since 1959, received ACU's 33rd award named for his father, Dr. Grover C. Morlan, ACU professor for 42 years, presented each year to a graduate of Abilene Christian's Department of Education who has excelled in the teaching and education profession.

Fulton, education and religion writer for the Reporter-News, received ACU's Bob Hunter Friend of Education Award given each year to a person in the community who works outside the profession but has had a positive impact on education.

"She is indeed a friend of education," Dr. Pat Simpson, chair of ACU's Department of Education, said.  "She goes the extra mile to be thorough, fair and accurate in her reporting."

A Reporter-News staff member since 1969, Fulton is a graduate of University of Texas in Austin and the Episcopal School of Theology at University of the South.  She has won awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association, Religious News Writers Association and Baptist General Convention of Texas.

She is active in the Abilene community as a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Abilene Community Band and Taylor County Historical Society.

Boyll received the C.G. and Barbara Gray Servant Educator Award given annually to a person who "continues beyond the call of duty to serve children in an outstanding way."  Dr. Simpson praised Boyll for "his love of kids and his life of service" and for his "outstanding contributions in the areas of community leadership, education, youth mentorship and caring for those citizens with special needs."

Boyll, 1964 graduate of ACU, is president of Abilene Radio Corp., which operates KWKC 1340 AM and KZQQ 1560 AM.  He has worked in local radio 39 years and last year received the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award.

He has been active in mentoring programs at Jefferson Middle School and recently received the school's Volunteer of the Year award.  He is also a member of Rotary Club, Churches of Christ for Scouting, and Volunteer Council for Abilene State School.

The Morlan Medal winner was cited for his "rich experience (that) fits well with the ACU mission to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world."  He directed teacher training programs and an M.A. program in the Northern Mariana Islands and travel study programs in the south and central Pacific and Orient.  He was also visiting professor at University of Puerto Rico.

Recipient of a Ph.D. from Texas Tech, Dr. Morlan has written nine books and numerous articles and contributed to several other books.

The awards were presented at the ACU Department of Education's annual awards dinner Friday, April 2, in Teague Special Events Center.

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