University of Dubuque to Honor Five Alumni/ae at Homecoming

Oct 8, 2012 | University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 the University of Dubuque is privileged to honor five outstanding alumni/ae:  Lloyd Alamsha (C'56, S'60), Curtis Karns (S'84), Maurice "Maury" Waugh (C'62), Lisa (Demerarth) Schultz (C'02), and Robert "Bob" Glenn (C'67) as part of the 2012 Homecoming Celebration.  Awards will be presented during the Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center on the campus.

2012 Service to Community Award

Awarded to a University of Dubuque alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated a clear commitment to serving his/her community through volunteerism, an outstanding act of selflessness, or a pattern of service to humanitarian efforts or causes.

Lloyd Alamsha, C'56 S'60, is well known for his devotion to community service. Professional highlights include service as the Presbyterian Mariner Co-National Chaplain, shared with his wife Marilyn; assisting in the creation of Hope Homes, Inc. a charitable entity whose purpose is to provide housing and services to people with developmental disabilities and special needs;  being named by the Eastminster Presbytery to serve on the committee tasked with reconciling the community in the aftermath of the riots and deaths on the campus of Kent State;  and serving as National Chaplain for Presbyterian Men.

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Lloyd came to Dubuque, Iowa fully ready to embrace campus life.  Lloyd participated in sports (lettering in football all four years and serving as co-captain during his senior year), student government, A Capella Choir, Phi Omicron Fraternity, and broadcasting as the station manager of KUDD. But, most importantly, it was at the "U" that he met the love of his life, Marilyn Finch, C'58.  For that reason alone, the UD will always hold a special place in Lloyd's heart.

After Lloyd's graduation in 1956, Lloyd and Marilyn were married in Dubuque at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  They settled into married life at home in Seminary Heights where Lloyd began his first year at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and Marilyn entered her junior year at UD.  The time Lloyd and Marilyn spent in Dubuque while finishing their degrees was a special one for them.  Two of their children were born at Finley Hospital and the friendships they made while here have carried on throughout their life.

After seminary Lloyd was assistant pastor, and eventually pastor, of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, IA.  From there he served a church in Ohio as Minister of Education and Pastor until 1970. It was at this time that he joined the Ohio Public School System as a Vocational Coordinator.  For the next seven years he taught, coached football and wrestling, and completed a master's degree in vocational education at Kent State University.  In 1977 the family moved to New Jersey so Marilyn could attend Princeton Theological Seminary.  One of the greatest joys of Lloyd's life was seeing Marilyn graduate from Princeton and to go on to become one of the first women installed as a solo pastor by the Presbyter of Lake Huron.

Throughout Lloyd's career he has maintained a commitment to serving others in the community.  While in Iowa, Lloyd was appointed by Governor Hughes to serve on the committee to revise juvenile law; supported and hosted students for the American Field Service (international student exchange program); and, working with the local schools, community and religious leaders, he and Marilyn organized a city wide Crop Walk to support the international work of bringing clean water to those in need.  Lloyd has been honored with the Teacher of the Year award for providing the first work/study program to help the often forgotten, hard-core drop out kids.  Most recently, Lloyd traveled to Haiti with a group of educators from his church to spend a week training fifty teachers at their mission in Port Au Prince.

Herbert E. Manning Award

The Herbert E. Manning Distinctive Service Award recognizes University of Dubuque Theological Seminary alumni/ae who demonstrate exceptional contributions in Christian ministry.  Recipients model servant leadership, courageous convictions, a spirit of witness, and a faithful obedience as they contribute to the Church universal, and all of God's people.

Curtis Karns S'84, born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, was ordained as a minister in 1984 following three years of study at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2006.

Karns answered his first call to serve as minister of the First Presbyterian Church in the frontier town of Wrangell, Alaska.  There he worked with Wrangell Addiction Counseling and the First Presbyterian Church to start a co-dependency ministry within the church.  He also helped organize a community group to form a half-way house for troubled youth. His next call took him even further north to North Pole, Alaska where he served as minister of the New Hope Methodist Presbyterian Church.  Karns worked on domestic violence issues and helped bridge differences and find commonality within the congregation.  His third call was from the Presbytery of Yukon to serve as Executive Presbyter.

Curtis Karns wrote, "The role of religion is to help people recognize their contact with the divine, and then to help them to live, both individually and collectively, as faithfully as they can."  As Executive Presbyter, he led "New Beginnings," an effort to work with church leaders and the village of Gambell, Alaska to "seek reconciliation" for the mission policy of stamping out native language and culture that led to generations of grief and despair for the people of Yu'pik villages. Decades of cultural suppression and mandatory compliance contributed to village issues of substance and domestic abuse.  Karns' leadership has aided in helping Presbyterians develop an understanding of the value of cultural diversity, in bringing greater wisdom and greater awareness of God's possibilities to ministry, as well as in bringing forgiveness and healing among the Yu'pik.

Karns and his wife Cindee bought a bio-shelter house and together launched an ecological education center for sustainable, yet comfortable housing in Alaska. Retired now, Cindee has a master's degree in Experiential Education and has taught Alaskan students for over 20 years.  Her goal is to continue the builders' purpose of their bio-shelter house and to start realizing a permaculture center for south central Alaska.

Curtis Karns continues a commitment to God by joining Alaska's Interfaith Power and Light, One People, One Earth; an interdisciplinary panel (religious leaders, scientists, traditional Alaska Native Elders) whose main focus is to deepen the connection between ecology and faith as well as spending a large amount of time in the northern villages of Alaska and focusing on bringing diverse groups together to forge the future of churches and culture in Alaska.  He is also currently working on creating a connection with indigenous churches in Taiwan.  

Athletic Hall of Distinction Award

The Athletic Hall of Distinction Award recognizes alumni/ae who have given unselfishly of themselves to further the University's athletic programs and athletes by serving as a administrator, member of athletic support staff, coach, or booster alumnus/alumna; making an outstanding contribution to the stature of the University athletic program and ideals of community life, and demonstrating significant life-long contributions to society, community, or athletics through service and leadership.

Maurice Maury Waugh C'62
Maurice "Maury" Waugh is unable to be present to accept induction into the University of Dubuque Athletic Hall of Distinction (and to celebrate his 50 year reunion) because he is still actively coaching.

Maury was a four year starter as a fullback/kicker at the University of Dubuque. He also participated in baseball during the spring of 1962, as baseball returned to UD as an intercollegiate sport. The highlight of Maury's athletic career at UD was kicking a field goal to beat the powerful Parsons College 16-13.

After graduation, Maury stayed on as an assistant football coach at UD, became head coach in 1969, and was voted Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Coach of the Year in 1972. Maury has had the good fortune to coach football for over 51 years, including 46 of those years at the college level. Some of his coaching highpoints include 9 years at Northwestern University where he coached with former NFL Coach Dennis Green.

Coaching runs in the Waugh family blood line, as three out of his four sons went on to coach: Tucker is slotbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at West Point, Ethan is the senior personnel assistant with the San Francisco 49'ers, and Adam is safeties coach at Louisiana, Monroe. His other son, Jordan is an administrator at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Athletic Hall of Fame was established to honor a select number of former athletes for their outstanding individual contributions to the University's athletic programs as well as recognizing the past achievements of an entire athletic team for its contributions to athletics,  An individual to be honored must have been a graduate of the University for at least ten years (male) or five years (female), lettered in a varsity sport, made a contribution to the stature of the athletic program and to the ideals of community life, and demonstrated continuous support for UD.  Teams honored must have won a conference championship and/or invited for post-season NCAA play and ten years must have elapsed since that accomplishment.

Lisa (Demerath) Schultz C'02
When people talk about going the distance - they should be talking about Lisa (Demerath) Schultz. Lisa ran track and cross country at the University and majored in health, wellness and recreation. Regarded as one of the finest long distance runners in UD's athletic history, Lisa ran cross country in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and participated in track during 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. 

Even though she currently lives in Kansas, you can still feel her presence on our track. Her name is listed on the Track/Cross Country Record Board in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center. She set school records for the: 3,000m indoor [10:21;75 - 1st ], 5,000m indoor

[17:44;31 - 1st], 1,500m outdoor [4:45:74 - 1st], 5,000m outdoor [17:33:95 - 1st], and the 10,000m outdoor [35:57:06 - 1st]. Demerath Schultz ran a 35:57 10K at the Drake Relays in 2002 - the same year she because an All-American - was the IIAC runner up in the 5,000m, and  the IIAC Champion in the 10,000m. Her strength, dedication, and success at UD continues to inspire our current student-athletes as she proves just how much can be accomplished during one's student years at UD.

Robert "Bob" Glenn, C'67
In 1962, at the end of Robert "Bob" Glenn's high school senior year football season, he was approached by Coach Owen "Slip" Evans to see if he would play football for the University of Dubuque.  Glenn's high school superintendent and his wife had taken Bob to a UD game that season and the rest is history.  Bob Glenn counts the four years he spent at the University of Dubuque as some of the best years of his life - coming from a small town in Iowa, the opportunity to meet people from all over the country was thrilling. 

Glenn recalls the dedication of UD's instructors and coaches and credits their involvement to the success of each and every student at the University.  If you were willing to work, they were willing to help you succeed.  One of the coaches that made a difference in his life was the legendary Moco Mercer. Coach Mercer helped Bob believe in himself, and encouraged him to wrestle for UD.

He lettered in football all four years and was named All District NAIA his senior year.  Not only did he letter all four years in football but he also lettered all four years in wrestling. A highlight of his athletic career at UD was winning the Iowa Conference Heavyweight Championship in 1966 and 1967.  During his last three years of wrestling he placed fourth, second and third at the Wheaton Tournament (Chicago) where over thirty teams were in contention.  One of his biggest accomplishments was beating a Norte Dame wrestler during a competition.  Glenn was wrestling co-captain with Obie Sadler his senior year.  Sadler, Dan Daack and Glenn were named to the UD Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011.

Athletics, although important, were only one part of Bob's life during his four years at UD.  He was able to make lifelong friendships with the students he met.  Bob and his wife Judy met their sophomore year and were married the summer before they graduated in 1967 at Guy Chapel, in Van Vliet Hall by the college chaplain, Dr. Roger Woods.

Bob Glenn taught and coached in the Bettendorf, IA middle school for thirty-three years.  Together, with Tom McCutcheon (another UD alumnus) he coached wrestling for 29 years. During his coaching career he had 112 dual meet wins in a row, coached a Division I National Champion, a two time Division III National Champion and many others who went on to wrestle in college.  Glenn also coached junior high football and received the Don Taft Memorial Jr. High coaching award in 1986 from the Iowa Football Coaches Association.

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