Alumni Awards Banquet

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Alumni, Uncategorized Distinguished Service Award Awarded for the demonstration of exceptional service in the church and/or community over a span of time. “I am very honored and very humbled. When I looked back at the people who have won this award, they are all people who I admire and people who have inspired me.” Wynndee (Shipp) Lee ’89 currently serves as director of planning and codes administration for the City of Ottawa, Kansas, overseeing planning, zoning, subdivision, codes administration and special project management for the city manager. Before coming to the City of Ottawa, Lee served as the city manager of Concordia, Kansas, where she oversaw the budget, personnel, public relations, and city projects. Lee graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Business Administration degree from OU. She was active in the Student Activities Force, Christian Faith in Action, and was both a University hostess and a resident hall assistant. She has been involved with the Ottawa Rotary Club for nearly 10 years. She is active in the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and received the Russell Crites Award for her service to the community. She is serving on the staff relations committee at the First Baptist Church of Ottawa and is a founding board member of Franklin County Habitat for Humanity, which created the Wynndee Lee Excellence in Leadership Award in her honor. Currently serving as vice-chair and chair of the Committee on Trusteeship on the Ottawa University Board of Trustees, Lee has served on various committees and boards over the years, including the Executive Committee, the Diversity Taskforce, chair of the Facilities Committee, co-chair of the Presidential Search Committee, and president of the Alumni Board. She also has helped with the Franklin County Campaign several times. Lee is the daughter of William Shipp ’65 and Claudia Shipp ’66. Her brother Thomas Shipp graduated from Ottawa University in 1992. Lee and her husband, David, have two daughters, Kelsey, 22, and Samantha, 14. Esther Ruth Award For volunteer service that has enhanced student life at The College and benefited OU as a whole. Presented in honor of Esther Ruth Bemmels. “I feel Esther Ruth’s presence in this very room. She would be proud beyond measure of President Kevin Eichner and his talented leadership team. She would be proud of OU’s active Board of Trustees. She would applaud Vision 2020. In that spirit, I am honored to receive the Esther Ruth Award.” Dr. E. Earl “Sonny” Hays ’93 MA AZ spent more than 40 years working professionally with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Hays, a member of the Ottawa University Board of Trustees, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and developed an early love for scouting. He earned his Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the BSA, in 1955 and began his career with the Boy Scouts during his senior year at Whittier College in Los Angeles, where he later earned his bachelor’s degree. Hays went on to work at the BSA national headquarters in New Jersey, as well as stints in California and Michigan, before embarking on twenty years of leadership with the Boy Scouts in Arizona. In 1982, Hays was selected as Scout Executive of the Theodore Roosevelt Council, the 10th largest Boy Scout Council in the nation. Hays earned his Master of Arts in Human Resources from Ottawa University – Arizona and received his doctoral degree from Pacific Western University in Los Angeles. He retired from the Boy Scouts in 2002. Just two years later he joined the OU Board of Trustees, where he currently serves as secretary and previously served as chair of the Education Ventures Committee and chair of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee. His past civic and professional activities include membership in The Arizona Club, Phoenix “100” Rotary, United Way, and the American Humanics program at Arizona State University. Additional honors include the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award presented in 1998 by the National Eagle Scout Association and a biography profile in Marquis Publications Board Edition of 2001 of “Who’s Who in America.” He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from OU in 2003. Hays and his wife Betty are generous benefactors of Ottawa University and have been recognized as Heritage Roll of Honor and Cornerstone Society members. Outstanding Achievement Award Awarded to individuals who have made an impact in their chosen field of endeavor. “People all over the world are called on to be leaders. Ottawa University can provide the leaders the world needs.” E. Morgan Williams ’61 has spent more than 50 years in fields of private economic and business development. Williams began his career in 1962 in Plains, Kansas, in agribusiness. Later, he worked for U.S. Senator Bob Dole before serving in several international capacities, managing agricultural and food system development projects in India, Egypt, Indonesia, Haiti, Russia, and Ukraine which promoted democracy and economic freedom. Today, Williams is director of government affairs for the SigmaBleyzer Emerging Markets Private Equity Investment Group in Washington, D.C. Williams also serves as president of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). Under his leadership, USUBC has significantly increased its membership and serves as a worldwide voice for private business development in Ukraine. He has received three state distinguished service medals from the government of Ukraine, including one from the President, the Minister of Economy and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is the only U.S. citizen to have received three such state awards. Williams is the founder and trustee of “Holodomor: Through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists,” an exhibition and educational collection of art by Ukrainian artists about the Soviet-induced starvation of 1932-1933, which caused the deaths of millions of Ukrainians. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Ottawa University in 1961, Williams earned his master’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas. Williams and his wife, Lynda (Angell) Williams, have four children, Jon ’85, Daren ’86, Denise, and Evan.