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Five Receive Alumni Awards During Berea College's Homecoming

Dr. Robert Ling, a renowned statistician and retired professor at Clemson University; Dr. Ronnie Nolan, director of Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children; Joshua Powell, the youngest public school superintendent in Kentucky; Linda V. DuRand, a retired teacher and longtime support of the college; and Jeff Amburgey, vice president for finance at Berea were honored during ceremonies at Berea's homecoming, November 12, 2010.

Ling, Ď61, was named the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Ling received his B.A and M.A. degrees in Mathematics from Berea in 1961 and from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1963. He attended Yale University where he earned a Ph.D. in statistics in 1970. He served as assistant professor at the University of Chicago from 1971 to 1975, and became a tenured full professor at Clemson University in 1977, until his retirement in 1999. He also served as a full professor at Vanderbilt (1982), Chicago (1983), MIT (1989) and Harvard (1990). He was the author of the statistical software System IDA (Interactive Data Analysis) in 1971, which was widely used by universities because of its ease-of-use in conversational mode. He published and refereed hundreds of papers in 22 professional journals in fields of math, statistics, operations research, numerical computing, business, psychology and others. He was an associate editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association (ASA) from 1977 to 1985 and a member and editorial board member of the Journal of Classification from 1983 to 1993. He served as program chairman of the National and International Classification Societies in 1972, 1978, and 1989. He was elected fellow of the ASA in 1984, and won the Wilcoxon Prize for the Best Practical Application paper in Technometrics in the same year.

Nolan, Ď95, was named the 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipient. Nolan is the director of Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children (KECSAC), which is an active partner with the Kentucky Departments of Education, Juvenile Justice, Community Based Services and Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. The agency provides funding to assist partner school districts with resources to educate children served by state agency programs. A product of the Kentucky public school system, Nolan has dedicated his professional career working with at-risk students. After a childhood marked by many of the characteristics that are associated with at-risk students, he mentored local children while he was a student at Berea College, volunteered with the AmeriCorps National Service Program where he worked to help families in Pike County, Kentucky, overcome barriers to self-sufficiency, and worked as a youth care worker at a residential temporary shelter for at-risk youth in Lexington. Nolan has also served in various administrative and leadership roles in student development at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina and at Midway College in Midway, Kentucky. He holds associate faculty status in the college of education at Eastern Kentucky University. Nolan is a graduate of Whitley County High School, and after earning a bachelorís degree in political science with a minor in black studies from Berea College in 1995, he went on to earn an M.S. in educational policy studies and evaluation from University of Kentucky. Nolan completed his doctoral degree in education administration at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Powell, '97, was named the 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipient. Originally from Trimble County, Kentucky, Powell is beginning his fifth year as a Kentucky superintendent, the youngest at a public school in Kentucky. Twice he has been named the KASA Administrator of the Year in 2007 and 2009 and is a two-time nominee for American Association of School Administratorís (AASA) Superintendent of the Year. In July 2008, Powell assumed leadership of Union County Public Schools and immediately placed the school district on a path of aggressive improvement. Beginning his administrative career at Cloverport Independent, he led the district from a state ranking of 165th out of 175 school districts to a ranking of 9th in three years. In his two years as Union County superintendent, Powell led the district to the 2009 highest academic gain in the state. Union County has also moved up 90 spots in state rankings from 161st to 71st under his leadership. Featured in numerous state education magazines and major state-wide newspapers, Powell was a panelist at the School Improvement Summit in Washington, D.C., where he shared the stage with other national leaders engaged in the work of successful, sustainable school improvement. Powell holds a B.A. from Berea College, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University, and has nearly completed his PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisville.

DuRand was named the 2010 Honorary Alumnus Award recipient. The first in her family to receive a college degree, DuRand devoted her career to teaching at Ahrens High School, Highland Middle School and Waggener High School. Retiring at the age of 49 after 27 years of teaching, DuRand dedicated her life to volunteer work. She was instrumental in the coordination and planning of one of the most successful Louisville-based fundraising events during Berea College's sesquicentennial celebration. She has dedicated countless hours and resources to support Berea students not only through her financial contributions, but through volunteering. After graduating from Kentucky Southern College, where she met and married Allen DuRand, DuRand received the JC Penny Golden Rule Award and the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award. She holds masters degrees in gifted education and guidance and counseling from University of Louisville. Heavily involved in her church, she has served as a speaker, teacher, deacon, chairwoman of the building and grounds committee, and as a member of both the womenís ministry team and Counseling Center Advisory Committee.

Amburgey was named the 2010 Honorary Alumnus Award recipient. As vice president for finance at Berea College he oversees and provides leadership in accounting and financial operations including administration of all financial policies, strategic financial planning, endowment and investment oversight, internal and external financial and tax reporting, budget development and monitoring, insurance, cash management, general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and purchasing. He serves as staff member to the collegeís investment committee, finance committee and audit committee of the board of trustees. He is affiliated with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO) and has served as a faculty member at the College Business Management Institute (CBMI). He serves as chairman of the Saint Joseph Health System audit and compliance committee, former member of the Saint Joseph Berea Hospital Foundation finance committee, chairman of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) business officers, treasurer of the Berea Credit Union board of directors and chairman of the finance committee at his church. Before joining Berea College in 1994 Amburgey was manager of financial reporting at Island Creek Coal Company in Lexington, Kentucky. He holds a B.B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University and a M.S. in accounting from University of Kentucky.

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