Alumni Awards 

Alumni Awards

Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence
To recognize outstanding alumni who have contributed in significant ways to the world of scholarship and/or teaching during the years since their graduation from Defiance College. We want to share the scholarly and academic achievements of DC alumni, and to identify those individuals as role models for students currently enrolled at Defiance College.

2017     Judith Dally '71, John Scheu '72
2016    
Kevin S. Miller '83
2015    
Christine Wahl '72     
2014     Dr. Harry Miller ‘59
2010     David Siemens ‘47
2009     Floyd Knoop ‘66
2008     Mary Morris ‘91
2007     Jayne Beilke ‘69
2006     Dr. James (Jay) Crider ‘72
2005     Dr. C. Fred Yarnell ‘61
2004     Bruce M. Saulnier ‘69
2003     William H. Meyer ‘67
2002     R. Scott Warren ‘65
2001     Anne C. Schroer-Lamont ‘67, Jane Ehlinger Sherman ‘68
2000     Bonnie Clark ‘82

Alumni Achievement Award
To bring to the attention of the College community, in a dignified and meaningful way, alumni of Defiance College who have made outstanding achievements in his/her field of endeavor. The nominee must have demonstrated exemplary service to his/her community and society.

2017     Dale Bruskotter '74, David Robinson '76, W. Timothy Leuzarder '67
2016    
Darline Clemens '00, Jeffrey Wilson '89, Marlin Younker '65
2015    
Tom Spiess ’70 , Don Smith ‘71, Jerry Pierman ‘63
2014     Beverly Nolt ’74 and David Gynn ‘65
2013     Loretta Neff Biorklund ‘89
2012     Betty Amey ’85, Beth Besaw ’92, William Foster ’69, Gary Zupancic ‘75
2011     Joe Dawson ’50, John McHugh ’65, Shaune Skinner ’75, Daniel “Doc” Daugherty ’74, Ron Ehresman ‘65
2010     Susan Crossland ’74, Cristina (Hernandez) Thompson ’81, Mark Lee ’92, Mark Klein ’76, Ray Etzler ‘63
2009     Charles Beard ’70, Dee Ann (Miller) Balser ‘67
2008     Marilyn Mallott ’51, Gary Dowler ’65, Mary Marvel ‘77
2007     Robert Bashore ’62, Denise Clayton ‘73
2006     Esquire Jauchem ’69, Susan D. Barnes ‘78

Schauffler Legacy Award
The Schauffler Legacy Award was created in 2007 for the 40th Anniversary event marking the arrival of the Schauffler College programs of Christian Education and Social Work to Defiance College. The award provides a way to meaningfully and permanently recognize individuals associated with Schauffler College, Schauffler at Defiance, and others who are part of the extended Schauffler family of alums, faculty, and supporters who contribute excellence in teaching and service, living out the Schauffler Legacy: "to give religion social direction, and to social work religious motivation."

2017     Terry Boyd '78, Carolyn Hofaker Keilig '76
2016
    Elizabeth Apkarian Agbabian '52, Mary Wenner Young '90
2015     Jim Clark '75, Marie Wenner '54
2014     Raymond Santiago ’71, Elaine Kopke-Gard ‘72
2013     Merrie “Chris” Palmer ’82, Carol “Sprite” Johnson ‘76
2012     Kimberly Shinabery ’81, Terri Gelzer ‘74
2011     Carol Smerz ’73, Margaret Mills ‘67
2010     Don Smith ’73, Stephen Michaelides
2009     Frances Ryan Millward ‘47

Young Alumni Achievement Award
To recognize achievements of young alumni whose life exemplify high principles and who are outstanding leaders in profession and community, bringing honor to Defiance College and demonstrating promise of further distinction.

2017     Casey Gibson '05 & '10
2016    
Christopher George '03
2015    
Nick Neiderhouse ‘05
2014     Lesa Shouse ‘04
2011     Maggie Maloy ‘01
2010     Renee Steffen ‘07
2009     Jeremy Ball ‘04
2008     Rebecca L. Sanford ‘04

AVD Hall of Fame
Every year at Homecoming, Alumni Varsity 'D' honors those who have distinguished themselves in athletics at Defiance College as well as through subsequent accomplishments since graduating from DC with induction into the Defiance College Athletic Hall of Fame.

2017    James Berner '94, Penni Bostelman '87, Chad Kahle '00, Nate Schaublin '02
2016
   Jim Bailey ’81, Mike Groll ’00, Jodi Hybart ’94, Roxane Kippen ’98, Jason Lee ‘95
2015    Stephanie Nafziger Fetter '98, Paul (Larry) Flynn '80, Maurice (Marv) Rotondo '70, Michael Bixel '83
2014    Terry Morman '90, Kevin Wierman '78, Megan Thigpen Grieser '03, Charles Nafziger '73, Ernesto Vilar '79
2013    James D. Harris '92, Brett Wingate '83, Sheila McGill '94, Sarah Harman '03
2012    Darlene Kaufman '88, Ernie Doherty '71, Tom Held '85, Tyrone Gilbert '80
2011    Tammy Lee Parker '87, Walter Richard Turner '82, Stanley J. Meinen '85, Jeff Boulton '84
2010    Tim Lee '76, Rodger Geren '69, Tami Jane Lupton '98, Steven Wilkin '75
2009    David Scott '73, Mark Shine '74, Michael L. Wright '72
2008    Doug Murray '83, Marv Retcher '72, Patricia Schwiebert '84, George Stockman '57

Outstanding Alumni Award
The Outstanding Alumni Award was discontinued in 2006 in order to promote a more unified Alumni Achievement Award Process. 

2005     John M. Decker '71
2004     Byrl Short '52
2003     Michael J. Freeland '69
2002     Darrell E. Jones '51
2001     Dean L. Colwell '64, Teri Lyn Dion '68
2000     Rebecca L. Sanford ‘04
1999     Richard K. Harpster '63
1998     Harold C. Henderson '54, Lowell L. Snider '59

Would you like to nominate someone?
Please feel free to nominate someone you know, just send an email to alumni@defiance.edu. We would love to hear from you!