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Brad Mellon ’71 was invited to represent Houghton College and President Mullen at the inauguration of President Dan Weiss at Haverford College in Haverford, Penn., on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Graham Walker ’79 was the keynote speaker at the annual commencement ceremony at Uganda Christian University located just outside of Kampala, Uganda. While he was there, he also gave a lecture on higher education policy. Dr. Walker is the president of Patrick Henry College in Washington, D.C., where he also teaches political philosophy. Shown in the photo: Dr. Graham Walker with Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Uganda, and also Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi, vice chancellor of Uganda Christian University.

Skip Lord ’80 and Casandra Mills ’05 were inducted into the Allegany County Athletic Association Hall of Fame in March 2013.

Diane (Meserve ’88) Dunn was inducted into the Seneca Battalion Army ROTC Hall of Fame on March 9, 2013. After serving for numerous years in a plethora of roles, she is now a lieutenant colonel and currently assigned as the region 1 vigilant guard exercise planner in the Maine Army National Guard. She has received 15 awards for her service at home and abroad. Along with her service to the Army, Diane is a small business owner. She received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. She resides in Newburgh, Maine, with her husband James. They have three children: Kayla, Kristen, and Marcus, and a granddaughter Aaliyah.

Sarah (Hollis ’04) Matthews, children’s librarian at the Wadsworth Library in Geneseo, was recognized along with fellow staff when the library was acknowledged as the 2013 Public Library of the Year by the Rochester Regional Library Council. The award is given based on the nominations that library patrons submit online. Sarah and her husband, Caleb Matthews ’06, live in Penfield, N.Y., where Caleb is serving as the pastor of Penfield Wesleyan Church.

Jessica Jennings ’08 and Heather Hill ’08 completed the Leadership Allegany program in February of 2013. Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton College and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce that provides adult professionals who live or work in Allegany County with a dynamic leadership training opportunity. Jessica is the service learning coordinator at Alfred University and Heather now works in Washington, D.C.

Chelsea Ellis ’12 has recently finished an 11-month mission trip to 11 different countries called “The World Race.” “It has been a tremendous growing experience,” reports Chelsea. “Houghton truly prepared me for this time in more ways than I could’ve imagined.”

Former Staff

G. Blair Dowden was named the Citizen of the Year by the Herald-Press in Huntington, Ill. on March 5, 2013. Prior to accepting the role as president of Huntington University in 1991, Dowden served as vice president for development at Houghton College for 10 years.