Want to see real-world examples of what kind of future your Limestone experience can prepare you for?
The 2013 Limestone Alumni Award Winners are prime examples of just how powerful your Limestone degree can be.
Left to right: Richard "Kep" Disney, Rev. Dr. Jeff Pascal, Terri Lawrence Turner, Michael Shane Robertson, Sara Jernigan Eddins, Dr. James Michael Prevost.
Award-Winning Educator and Civil Advocate
Sara Jernigan Eddins
Sara Jernigan Eddins '60;
Alumna of the Year
The Alumnus/a of the Year Award is presented to a Limestone College graduate who has provided distinguished and meritorious service to the College, and engaged in voluntary services at the local, state, and/or national level. Sara Jernigan Eddins '60 is the 2013 Alumna of the Year.
"My Limestone experience created a desire within me to encourage young minds. Hailing from a small community, I learned to explore and appreciate ideas of students and professors with other viewpoints," said Sara. "This led to my wish to contribute to my community by teaching and playing an active role in politics."
She was named Professor of the Year for the University of South Carolina—Lancaster and retired as an instructor from Lancaster High School. She has served as a member of the Lancaster City Council, the Lancaster Planning Commission, Habitat for Humanity Board, the South Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, and others. Among her many accomplishments are spearheading an effort to restore Lancaster's Old Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1860.
A current member of Limestone's Board of Trustees, Sara and her husband, Mack, reside in Lancaster and have six children.
Creator of Innovative Strategies for Learning
Dr. James Prevost
James Michael Prevost '79;
Service to Education
Limestone College's Service to Education Award is presented annually to an alumnus/a who has truly made a difference in the lives of others through education. With over thirty years of experience as an educator, Dr. James Michael Prevost has without doubt made a positive impact in the lives of others through the power of education.
"My Limestone experience provided the framework for a promising and diverse career in education," said James. "The forward thinking ideology of Limestone's faculty instilled within me the ability to create and employ innovative strategies that challenge learner to think critically and maximize their academic and individual talents"
James has taught physical education, health, mathematics, sports medicine, and science. He has also coached wrestling and football on a volunteer basis and as part of his professional responsibilities.
His numerous awards include Shelby High School Teacher of the Year, Time Warner Cable's Star Teacher Award, the Presidential Award for Volunteer Service, and Cleveland County's Distinguished Educator Award.
James resides in Shelby with his wife, Mary Ann. The couple has two children. He is the Director of Sports Medicine for Shelby High School and Cleveland County Schools.
Champion for Social Justice
Rev. Dr. Jeff Paschal
Reverend Dr. Jeff Paschal '81;
Service to Church Award
Each year, Limestone College presents its Service to Church Award to a Limestone graduate who exemplifies living a life of mission and purpose for the benefit of others. Reverend Dr. Jeff Paschal '82 is this year's recipient.
"At Limestone, I received a liberal arts education that helped me develop critical thinking skills, exposed me to numerous subjects and disciplines, and prepared me to move into theological study and pastoral ministry," said Jeff.
Jeff has been a Presbyterian pastor for almost twenty-three years, and has served churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina.
Jeff is also a gifted author. He has engaged in social justice issues such as immigration reform, Biblical interpretation, gun violence, capital punishment, and others through his weekly column for The News & Record newspaper (Greensboro, NC). He has also written numerous scholarly materials for pastors and intellectuals which have subsequently been printed in books including Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary and Feasting on the Gospels: Luke.
Numerous organizations including Goodwill Industries, The Diversity Network, and Clergy Against Violence have benefited from Jeff's stewardship.
Jeff currently resides in Oak Ridge, NC with his wife Beth and is serving as Senior Pastor at Guildford Park Presbyterian Church in Greensboro. The couple has five children.
In the Business of Saving Lives
Terri Lynn Turner
Terri Lynn Turner '81;
Service to Community
The Service to Community Award is presented annually to the Limestone alumnus/a who exhibits the ideals of civic responsibilities. Terri Lynn Turner '81 is the embodiment of those ideals.
Terri is the Development Administrator, Floodplain Manager, and Hazard Mitigation Specialist in Augusta, Georgia and has worked for City and County government for over 18 years. "My work cannot be measured in finite terms like a published book or finely crafted building but more in terms of losses avoided, human misery and suffering reduced, and citizens being educated about their risks of hazard. I am but one voice, one very small voice, in a field of tireless compassionate, driven, professionals attempting to make the world a safer place," she said.
Terri spends countless hours writing for national publications and touring the nation speaking as a local government expert on community planning initiatives such as green infrastructure, sound floodplain management, the need for hazard mitigation, and promoting community sustainability and resiliency.
Her awards are numerous and include being named a Champion of Change by The White House in 2012 from a pool of more than 1,500 nominations.
Terri currently resides in North Augusta, SC with her husband, Mike. The couple has two children.
Richard "Kep" Disney
Richard Kepple Disney '96;
Service to College
The Service to College Award is presented annually to an alumnus/a who shows a genuine love for Limestone College. Richard Kepple "Kep" Disney is the personification of that sentiment.
Kep is committed to his alma mater and gives freely of his time and leadership. "I firmly believe that Limestone has made me a better person in all aspects of my life," he said. "I particularly value the relationships I have made and continue to make as an active Limestone alumnus. And I encourage all of my fellow Limestone alumni to join me in supporting this wonderful college."
Kep's unwavering support of Limestone has been exhibited in numerous ways including his service on the College's Board of Trustees and other committees, his financial support, and his dedication to being at practically every College event. It's with that commitment exemplified through a selfless attitude and strong-minded resolve that Kep is doing his part in making a positive difference in the lives of our current students and alumni.
Kep lives in Charlotte and is a Computer Systems Engineer for NetApp.
Michael Shane Robertson
Michael Shane Robertson '06
Young Alumnus of the Year
Recipients of Young Alumnus of the Year Award must have graduated within the last three years and be no older than thirty-five years of age. The 2013 Limestone College Young Alumnus Award is presented to Michael Shane Roberts '06.
Michael Shane Robertson '06 has clearly distinguished himself as a musician and educator. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Limestone, he earned his Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Montana. He is currently working towards his Doctorate in Music Education at the University of Georgia.
"Throughout my time at Limestone, I saw the passion for music and education in all of my professors. They inspired and challenged me to reach for high academic goals," said Michael.
As a music teacher at Edwards Elementary School in Chesterfield, Michael is definitely following the example of his Limestone professors. He is also an adjunct instructor of music at Limestone and is a member of several professional music organizations.
A native of Gaffney, Michael now resides in Chesterfield.