MNU Alumni Award Winners Announced
Alumni Relations announced its annual slate of alumni award winners this week. The group includes five alumni from all walks of life who are being recognized for their efforts to improve life for others.
Peter Robinson (’04) is Alumnus of the Year. Robinson is an experienced Army Chaplain, and currently works to bring spiritual and mental healing to soldiers suffering from drug abuse, PTSD and traumatic brain injury from traumatic wartime experiences. Inspired by his wife, Kim (Fawcett, ’04), a certified trauma nurse, Robinson has assembled special training sessions that teach medical personnel how to effectively incorporate faith and spirituality into patient care.
Molly Latchaw (Frei, '05) is Alumna of the Year. After graduating from MNU, Latchaw earned her Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and became the first female pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Kansas. She went on to start two Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchises, eventually donating 20% of her quarterly sales to youth groups, non-profits, and other charitable organizations. She married Maj. Jeremy Latchaw in 2010, and four years later the couple had a son. The Latchaws currently reside in Holland, Michigan.
Jacob Lawrence (’10) is the young Alumnus of the Year. Lawrence played football at during his first year at MNU, eventually acquiring an interest in law enforcement and graduating with a BA in criminal justice. The young athlete then went on to graduate from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, and after a harrowing shootout in 2013 was selected by the Kansas Sheriff’s Associate as Deputy of the Year.
Britt ('99) and Kelly (Ryman, '98) are the recipients of the Carry the Torch Award. Britt is an accomplished pilot and flight instructor, and Kelly is a pediatric surgeon at Scott & White Clinic in Temple/Killeen, Texas. Kelly has received a number of other awards, including the “Code 77” Trauma Recognition Award from Indiana University/Wishard Hospital and the Leonard Ensminger Award, presented by the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Britt and Kelly currently live in Temple, Texas, with their three children Samuel, Burke and Ava Scarlett.
Winners will be honored at MNU Homecoming October 16-18, 2015.