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Alumni Association Announces Recipients of JSU's 2003-2004 Alumni Awards


The Alumni Association announces recipients of JSU's 2003-2004 Alumni Awards, which will be presented to five outstanding members of the JSU family during halftime ceremonies at Homecoming on Saturday, October 25.

Recipients of JSU's 2003-2004 Alumni Awards are, from left to right Millard Young, Don Killingsworth, Ken Bodiford, Ann Hastings and Col. Luke Green.

ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR: Millard Vernon Young, Jr., JSU Class of '57, Piedmont. Mr. Young began his career in the petroleum industry in 1969. Past President of Young Oil, Inc., he currently serves as its chief executive officer. He and his company have supported JSU in many ways, including sponsoring the JSU computerized sign at Pete Mathews Coliseum, sponsoring golf tournaments each year to benefit the golf team, assisting in chartering buses for fans to attend JSU away football games, serving as a corporate sponsor for JSU athletics and encouraging other businesses to help provide scholarships to JSU. He established a JSU scholarship fund in memory of his parents. Mr. Young is currently a member of the JSU Foundation board and was a charter member of the JSU Honorary Coaches Club, now known as the Gamecock Club. In 1972, his family built the Gamecock Motel in Jacksonville. He and his wife, Ann, have four children and eight grandchildren.

ALUMNA OF THE YEAR: Ann Rainey Hastings, JSU Class of '81, Newnan, GA. Mrs. Hastings has dedicated her life and nursing career to helping the underprivileged in Georgia. She is a nurse practitioner with a non-profit organization that has three clinics in rural West Georgia. She is also a co-founder of a women's anti-violence group in Heard County, Georgia, which established the first women's shelter in the county. Mrs. Hastings was chosen the 1998 Georgia Nursing Association Nurse of the Year for District 7. She served as a clinical instructor at JSU from 1987 through 1992 and was a registered nurse at Regional Medical Center from 1981 to 1986. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from UAB. Mrs. Hastings met and married her husband, Allen, while at JSU and they have a 17-year-old son, Trent.

YOUNG ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR: Don C. Killingsworth, Jr., JSU Classes of '99/'01, Jacksonville. Mr. Killingsworth is coordinator of academic advisement at JSU where he advises academically-challenged students, coordinates advisement for the University, offers workshops in advising for faculty and staff, and selects, recruits and trains faculty mentors for summer orientation. While a JSU student, he served as a peer counselor/coordinator, controller of the Student Government Association, president of the Student Government Association, as a Freshman Forum advisor, and as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities.

MILITARY ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR: Colonel Luke S. Green, JSU Class of '78, Huntsville. Col. Green, stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, is the G3 of the 5th US Army. Prior to this assignment, he was the Garrison Commander at Ft. Lewis, WA. He began his career at Ft. Bragg, NC in 1978 with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He has served in various command and general staff positions, both stateside and overseas. Green is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster and Air Assault Courses. He is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Green and his wife, Pat, have five children.

OUTSTANDING FACULTY MEMBER: Kenneth G. Bodiford, JSU Class of '88, Jacksonville. An assistant professor in the music department, Mr. Bodiford became band director at JSU in 1994. The Marching Southerners have grown from 144 members to current numbers in excess of 300. He also oversees JSU's Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Bands. At JSU he has initiated many new events and programs such as the "Drums Across America" Drum Corps competition, which brings thousands of spectators to Jacksonville each summer. Most recently, Mr. Bodiford has assumed the position of executive director of the JSU Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, formerly Spirit of Atlanta. The group tours the nation and competes during the summer months in Drum Corps International competitions.

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