2014 Homecoming Award Winners
Lawrence Brownlee, Distinguished Alumni Award
The most in-demand American tenor in the world in the bel canto repertoire, Lawrence Brownlee continues to astonish audiences with the power and agility of his instrument. From firmly American roots, Brownlee has become a star on the international scene, performing opposite the leading ladies of opera, and lauded continually for the seemingly effortless beauty of his voice.
Brownlee has been featured in nearly every major theater in the world and enjoys a relationship with many premiere conductors and symphony orchestras. Among his other memorable engagements are: La Cenerentola in Milan, Houston, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera; L’italiana in Algeri in Milan, Dresden, Boston and Seattle; I puritani in Washington and Seattle; Mosé in Egitto in Rome; Il turco in Italia in Toulouse and Berlin; Tancrediwith the Detroit Symphony and on an eight-city European tour with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées; La donna del lago in Washington; Semiramide and L’elisir d’amore, both at the Caramoor Festival; Armida at the Metropolitan Opera; La fille du régiment in Hamburg, Cincinnati and at the Metropolitan Opera; Salieri’s Axur, re d’Ormus in Zurich; L’ape musicale in Vienna, and the world premiere of Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at Covent Garden.
Brownlee was named the Seattle Opera’s 2008 Artist of the Year, received the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s 2007 Alter Award for Artistic Excellence, and was the winner of both the 2006 Marian Anderson and Richard Tucker Awards, a feat never before achieved by any artist in the same year. He participated in young artist programs at both the Seattle and Wolf Trap Operas. The Ohio-born Brownlee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University in 1996 and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Paul Mumaw Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Paul Mumaw is a 1997 graduate of Anderson University, where he majored in History with a minor in Bible. While at AU, Paul served on the Campus Activities Board and was a Chapel announcement speaker. He worked as an admissions counselor at Anderson University from 1997-2000. Mumaw went on to earn his master's degree in Ministry from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. In 2000, he was named associate pastor of First Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan. From there, Pastor Mumaw served from 2005 to 2008 as the Pastor of College and Young Adults at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. In 2008, Paul became the lead pastor at Genesis Church in Noblesville, Indiana, where he serves today. Genesis Church has seen incredible growth during his time there. Throughout Paul Mumaw's career as a pastor, he has continued to stay connected to Anderson University through service. Paul served on the Anderson University Alumni Council from 2003-2010, and has made countless efforts to promote AU in his community and sphere of influence. Paul is married to an Anderson alumnae, Jenny Recker Mumaw, a 1998 graduate of the School of Nursing. They have three children, Joel, 11, Luke, 8, and Kate, 6. Paul is originally from Springfield, Illinois.
Tom Bruce, Distinguished Service Award
Tom Bruce has been a faithful steward of the Anderson University mission and image for 37 years. When one thinks of Tom Bruce, words such as gracious, encouraging and caring immediately come to mind. Co-workers who have had the pleasure and the honor to work alongside Tom know him to be a skilled communicator, a dedicated professional and a supportive manager. He has always approached every opportunity and challenge with careful planning--constantly asking how the matter will benefit students and impact the university.
A native of Santa Cruz, Calif., Tom Bruce completed a degree in Business Administration from Cabrillo College in California. He continued his studies at Anderson College and completed a degree in Business Administration in 1971. Bruce completed a Master of Science in Mass Communications in 1977 from the University of California at San Jose, where he majored in Communications and Public Relations. He would later complete a second master’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing at Ball State University in 1987.
In 1977, Tom accepted a position from the late Robert H. Reardon, president of Anderson College, to serve in the area of Communication. During his time with Anderson University, Tom has had the honor of serving with three of the four presidents of Anderson University. His deep roots in the church, combined with his love and understanding for the university and his ability to view issues from many perspectives have made him very effective in his role.
He has served as Assistant Director of Development, Director of Information Services, Director of University Relations and Executive Director of University Relations and Alumni Affairs. His latest role has been in the Advancement Division where he served as the Executive Director of University Advancement.
Tom has served many community boards and committees. His service has included the Madison County Leadership Academy, Anderson Fine Arts Center, Boys Scouts of America, Wilson Boys and Girls Club, Saint John’s Hospice Program, Junior Achievement, Madison County Management Club, the Mayors’ Human Needs Commission, Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Anderson YMCA, the United Way, WIPB-TV and Visiting Nurse Health Care.
David Sebastian, John H. Kane Loyalty Award
David Sebastian, dean of the School of Theology, is the longest serving dean for the seminary (1995 to 2014). Sebastian is both an educator and minister. He served as senior pastor at several large churches in the Church of God movement, including North Hills Church of God (Phoenix, Ariz.), and Salem Church of God (Dayton, Ohio). He is a sought-after preacher in the church at large. Sebastian has taught courses in leadership, preaching, and evangelism and serves as the convener of the 50 largest congregations of the Church of God (Anderson). Dean Sebastian has also served as the lead elder for the Madison Park Church of God (Anderson, Ind.). He is married to the former Debbie Miller and they have two daughters, Julie (Sebastian) Short '00 and Amy (Sebastian) McLaughlin '03, who are both alumni of Anderson University.
Rebecca Chappell, Outstanding Music Alumni Award
Dr. Rebecca Chappell is Director of Music Business Studies in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and the Falls School of Business. at Anderson University. She is the founder and director of Orangehaus Records, Orangehaus Publishing, and Orangehaus Entertainment at Anderson University, as well as Orangehaus Music Business Camp for high school students. Chappell received the "Music Business Educators Award" from EMI Music Group in recognition for her innovative pursuit of student career development and served as president of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educator's Association (MEIEA) from 2003-2007. An active clarinet soloist and "first call" studio musician in the Indianapolis area, Chappell is currently a member of INDYKLEZ, the Doctors of Dixieland, Anderson Symphony, and Muncie Symphony. She also performs with the Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.