Alumni Distinguished Service Award Recipients Announced
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2009) - Six individuals were recently honored with a University of Kentucky Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, which is presented annually to recognize alumni who have provided extraordinary service to the university and the association. The 2009 recipients and one 2008 recipient were honored during the UK Alumni Association board of directors summer workshop in Lexington.
The 2009 recipients are Ted Arlinghaus, Susan Mountjoy, Dr. John Clements, Tonya Bumm Parsons, and W. Cleland White III. Marsha Wallis, the 2008 recipient, was also honored.
Arlinghaus, of Edgewood, Ky., has been an active member of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club for several years. He is always willing to lend a hand or financially support the club's activities. He has served on the club's board of directors, as well as serving as club president and on several committees including scholarship, diversity and golf. He has worked to secure corporate sponsorship for the club's golf outing. Arlinghaus is a 1972 graduate with a degree in accounting and a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association. He and his wife, Janet, have 10 children, and several attend UK.
Mountjoy, of Louisville, Ky., has been a leader with the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club for over 25 years. She has served on its board of directors and as chairwoman of many events and activities, including high school counselors' receptions and the UK book award. She has served in all four officer positions for the club, including club president. As president, she expanded the club's scope of service with participation in DanceBlue and Cats for a Cause, and has led the club with its partnership with UK on Main. Mountjoy is a 1972 graduate with a degree in education and a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association. She has four children, three of whom are UK graduates.
Clements, of Lexington, is known for his can-do attitude and giving spirit. He has been an integral part of the Fayette County UK Alumni Club for many years, giving generously of his time and resources. Clements has actively participated in club activities, including its golf tournament and other efforts to raise money for scholarships. He and his wife, Lynn, have opened their home and hearts to many students, including informal adoptions of several international students. Serving others is part of his nature; upon retiring in 2007 after 40 years of private practice, he followed a life-long passion that led him to volunteer his dental expertise to the U.S. Army. He is a 1967 graduate with a degree in dentistry. He served on the College of Dentistry alumni board for many years. He and his wife, who is also a UK grad, are Life Members of the UK Alumni Association and Fellows. Their three sons are Fellows, too.
Parsons, of Lexington, has served the Fayette County UK Alumni Club in many different capacities, such as serving on several committees and helping to coordinate events. While serving as president, she made significant contributions to the club, enhancing its vision and purpose. She challenged the club to improve programming, which led to increased fundraising efforts. The club's scholarship endowment grew under her leadership. Parsons was instrumental in establishing the Fayette County Young Alumni Group, which contributed to the resurgence of the Fayette County UK Alumni Club. She also serves as a member of the UK Alumni Association board of directors. She is a 1991 graduate with a degree in math. She and her husband, Rick, are both Life Members of the UK Alumni Association.
White has been involved with the UK Alumni Association and his local club for over 43 years. He was instrumental in organizing the Trigg County UK Alumni Club, serving as president and member of its board of directors. Later, when he moved to Frankfort, he became an active member in the Franklin County UK Alumni Club. He has served as the club's vice president, president, and on its board of directors. White has been a catalyst in bringing several initiatives to the club, including recognizing outstanding high school juniors with UK Book Awards, students' send-offs, participation in Cats for a Cause service project and assisted in revising the club's bylaws. He has served on the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors, representing two different districts. He has served on the budget, finance and investment, club development, and scholarship/Great Teacher Awards committees. An avid supporter of the university, he has served in many capacities, including as a member of the fundraising committee for the William T. Young Library and as a member of UKAN since its inception. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agriculture in 1958 and 1960, respectively. He and his wife, Joan, are Life Members of the UK Alumni Association. He is also a UK Fellow.
Wallis of Indianapolis, Ind., co-founded the Central Indiana UK Alumni Club in 1978. She served as its president for two terms and currently serves on its board of directors. Wallis has made great contributions to student recruitment by volunteering at college fairs, UK Office of Undergraduate Admission presentations and Senior Send-off events. She has served on the UK Alumni Association board of directors, as well as serving on numerous committees, including alumni service award, club development, scholarship/Great Teacher Awards, communications and membership. Wallis is a 1969 graduate with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association. She and her husband, Robert, have three children, two of whom are also UK graduates and members of the UK Alumni Association.