2013 Homecoming Award Winners
Rudolph “Rudy” Reginald Pyle III, Distinguished Alumni Award
The Honorable Rudolph “Rudy” Reginald Pyle III, was selected in 2012 to the Indiana Court of Appeals for the Fourth District and has served on the Madison Circuit Court, Division I since October 2009. As presiding judge, he managed a docket that encompassed both criminal and civil cases. During his time on the bench, Pyle instituted a number of technological improvements to the courtroom and implemented an aggressive docket management system to promote the advancement of jury trials. Pyle also created a public service campaign to increase community support for jury service.
Before joining the Madison Circuit Court bench, Pyle was a deputy prosecutor in Madison County. From 2005 to April 2006, he was a private practice attorney, focusing on trial and appellate advocacy. Pyle was a law clerk for Judge Darden on the Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2004. Before beginning his legal career, Pyle was a trooper with the Indiana State Police, where he was a member of the tactical intervention platoon. He is an adjunct professor at Anderson University and is on the board of managers of the Indiana Judges Association.
Pyle earned his undergraduate degree from Anderson University, a master’s degree from the College of William & Mary, and his law degree from Indiana University.
Ryan Daniel, Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Ryan grew up in Columbia City, Indiana and was active in the community participating in the HANDS Foundation, Show Choir and in the CCUMC Youth Group. After graduating from Columbia City High School in 2003, he went on to study Political Science at Anderson University. While at Anderson, Ryan participated in the AU Chorale, College Republicans, the Debate team and the Student Government Association. He served as Anderson University Student Body President during his senior year.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from AU in 2007, Ryan was offered a Governor’s Fellowship position where he worked for Former Governor Mitch Daniels in multiple departments. He then went on to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs where he served as both a project manager and Northeast Indiana Community Liaison. As a community liaison, he worked with elected officials from small cities and towns in seventeen different counties.
In early 2011, Ryan announced his intentions to run for Mayor of his hometown, Columbia City. On November 8, 2011, Ryan was elected at age 27 as not only the second youngest mayor in the City’s history, but also the second youngest mayor in the state of Indiana. Since he took office, Ryan has led the City through many successful projects, most notably increases in government transparency, a stronger focus on Economic Development, the City’s first iPhone app, and the Aquatics Facility Task Force.
Ryan is married to Amanda, who is also an Anderson University graduate and an ordained minister. She currently works at the Whitley County YMCA. They have two cats, Bellatrix and Ginger, which they adopted from the Whitley County Humane Society. They are members of First Church of God in Columbia City.
Dr. William Farmen, Distinguished Service Award
Dr. William Farmen retired from teaching at AU in May. He graduated from Anderson University in 1958 and taught in Department of Psychology for 49 years. He studied psychology while a student at AU, then earned a Master of Divinity from Oberlin College and a PhD in psychology from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Lee Griffith, who continues to teach in the Department of Psychology, noted that Farmen leaves two important marks on the department: the development of a rigorous scientific emphasis in the psychology major and the addition of an interpersonal relations course to the psychology curriculum.
Dr. Fred Shively, John H. Kane Loyalty Award
Dr. Fred Shively graduated from Anderson University in 1961. He joined the AU faculty in 1974 and taught both undergraduate and seminary classes. Shively retired from teaching at AU in May. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and had a passion for service that he shared with his students through leadership of Tri-S trips and advisor AUCME. Over the years, he has served as an interim pastor for 21 congregations and has been a dedicated volunteer at The Christian Center in Anderson since 1955.
Dr. Shively plans to continue teaching the summer Greek course. He also wishes to continue leading Tri-S groups. Aside from these endeavors, he wants to learn to play a new instrument —other than the piano, which already plays. Shively also plans to stay active singing and ringing hand-bells in the Park Place Church of God choir with his wife. Finally, Shively intends to travel more often to Connecticut and California, where his four grandchildren live.
Gloria Gaither, Outstanding Music Alumni Award
Gloria Gaither studied French and English as a student at AU. She later earned a Master of Arts in Literature from Ball State University. She is best known for the lyrics she has written over the years in partnership with her husband, William Gaither, also and AU alum. She also performed with her husband for many years. She has won numerous Dove Awards, as well as two Grammy Awards. In 2002, Gaither and her husband were named Chrisitan Songwriters of the Century by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. In addition, Gaither has authored numerous books and she is an active writer and contributing editor to the magazine she helped launch in 2002 titled Homecoming.
Gaither is being honored with the Outstanding Music Alumni Award, which is given each Homecoming during the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance concert. This year’s concert will feature the performance of Alleluia by the AU Chorale and area church choirs. Alleulia is a cantata written by Gloria and Bill Gaither. The vocalists will be accompanied by the university’s chamber orchestra, faculty members, and guest musicians. The event will be held at Reardon Auditorium, and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free of charge.
Paige Dooley, School of Nursing Presidential Alumni Leadership Award
Paige Dooley is the vice president of patient services and the chief nurse executive at Community Hospital East. She has worked in the Community Health Network since 1985. She was the first graduate of AU’s Master of Science in Nursing program. In addition to her career in nursing, Dooley remains active in many nursing and health-care organizations.
Dooley is being honored with the Presidential Alumni Leadership Award, which is given to an alumnus or faculty member of the School of Nursing who has demonstrated excellence in nursing leadership. She was the first and founding president of the School of Nursing Alumni Association and this award will be named for her in future years.