Six Southwest Baptist University alumni were presented special awards in recognition of living lives of service at Honors Chapel Friday, Sept. 25.
The event marked the beginning of Homecoming festivities and also featured the presentation of the 2015 Homecoming court.
“I’d like to congratulate our Life Service Award recipients and our Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award recipients,” SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “These are the highest awards that our University presents to our alumni. That means that they have lived lives of service, representing not only themselves, their families and the University, but also the Kingdom.”
Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award
The National Alumni Association Board presents the Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award annually to an alumnus or alumna who demonstrates the ideals personified by the late Edwin Lightfoot ’40. The award criteria include alumni leadership in the University, dedication to the education and welfare of youth, and demonstrated support for SBU.
Abel Dale’58 and Margie ’58 Lacquement: For more than 30 years, Abel Dale Lacquement has pastored Faith Southern Baptist Church in Moreno Valley, Calif. He is also the founding pastor of Moreno Valley Church. He has planted Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino churches, as well as three English-speaking churches.Margie recently retired as a teacher. She has been an educator for 23 years, including 15 years in the San Bernardino Unified School District.
“Southwest Baptist University has become an economic growth engine for my home county, Polk County,” said Able Dale Lacquement. “This school has experienced phenomenal growth, which is a demonstration of God’s unique blessings. To God be the glory for the great things He is doing through the dedicated efforts on everyone’s part.”
Alumni Life Service Awards
Inspired by the Life Beautiful Award presented each year to one male and one female graduate, President John Dowdy suggested to the Southwest Baptist College Board of Trustees in 1955 that the Life Service Award be given annually to graduates whose lives have exemplified the principles which are upheld at Southwest. The award is the highest recognition that the University can bestow upon an alumnus or alumna. This year’s four recipients include:
- Ronda Credille ’80: Credille has served as professor and chair of the department of business administration at Southwest Baptist University. She and her husband are members of First Baptist Church in Bolivar. She has participated on mission trips to New Zealand and Russia. In 2014, SBU awarded her the Faculty Life Beautiful award.
- Beth Baker Grabowski ’83, ’04: Grabowski has served in public education for 20 years and is currently a gifted education teacher in the Bolivar R-1 School District. She is an active member of First Baptist Church in Bolivar. In March 2015, she co-led a team of SBU students on a mission trip to El Salvador in partnership with Living Water International.
- Veda Williams Locke ’50, ’76: Veda and her late husband, Russell, served as missionaries in Nigeria from 1955-1991 through the Foreign Mission Board (now known as the International Mission Board). Russell received the Life Service Award in 1962.Veda was awarded the Missouri Women’s Missionary Union Emeritus Missionary of the Year in 2014. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Springfield, Mo., where she has serves as WMU Prayer Group Leader, WMU Director and a Sunday school teacher.
- Patricia Nobles ’76: Since graduating from SWBC and University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Patricia Nobles served as an attorney. She retired from her position as a corporate secretary of CHRISTUS Health in May 2015. In 2005, she received the Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, where she is actively involved as an elder, usher, the director of the Faith Bible Discovery adult education class, and a lay liturgist.
For more information about SBU Homecoming, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (417) 328-1806.