During Homecoming and Family Weekend, the University of Findlay’s Alumni Association recognized eight alumni, faculty and staff members who exemplify the values, ethics and mission of the University.

John R. “J.R.” Haley was named a Distinguished Alumnus. Haley earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1981, joined Marathon Oil Co. as a tax analyst that year and retired in 2017. He serves on the UF College of Business Advisory Board.

Capt. Lauren D. Glover was the recipient of the Old Main Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievements in a chosen career, civic involvement and/or service to the University of Findlay before age 26.

Glover, a U.S. Army captain, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2011.

She was the first woman to lead the U.S. Army Drill Team, a precision drill platoon with the primary mission of showcasing the U.S. Army.

Linda M. Peck, doctor of veterinary medicine, received the Arch Award, which is presented to a member of the UF community who has demonstrated loyalty and support of the institution for at least 25 years, and who does not hold a UF degree.

For more than 30 years, Peck was director of UF’s pre-veterinary program, and was an animal science and biology professor.

She was instrumental in the development of the pre-veterinary major.

The late Robert “Bob” James Ewald received the Gold Medallion Award, which is presented posthumously to alumni who had superb records of distinguished career accomplishments and had made outstanding contributions to their profession, to their university, and/or to their community.

Ewald, a U.S. Navy veteran, earned a bachelor’s degree in math from UF, and a doctoral degree in English from Bowling Green State University.

He inspired students to be lifelong learners like himself.

Don Manley was named the recipient of the Honorary Alumni Award for 2018. Manley has served on the University of Findlay Board of Trustees since 1999.

Manley took classes at Findlay College while owning two nursing homes, the Trail Nursing Home in Carey and The Heritage in Findlay.

He went on to introduce innovations such as private rooms and a therapeutic pool at The Heritage.

Brigadier General Kenneth “Ed” Brandt received a Distinguished Alumni Award. He graduated from then-Findlay College in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion, philosophy and Christian education.

He is the senior Army National Guard chaplain and U.S. Army deputy chief of chaplains for the Army National Guard.

Jennifer Smith, a doctor of veterinary medicine, received a Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1991 from the University of Findlay, served on the UF Board of Trustees from 2004-2008, and is now a member of the UF Board of Counselors.

Smith serves as director of the Bioresources Department at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She is also an attending veterinarian for Oakwood Research in Attica, Michigan.

Barbara Hibschman received a Distinguished Alumni Award. She graduated from then-Findlay College in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Hibschman is a speaker for women’s groups, churches, educational conferences and seminars in the U.S. and abroad.

Her passion and goal to make Christ known inspired her to author eight books and co-author 14 inspirational/devotional books for women.

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