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Alumni Association - Alumni Awards


If you are a Greenville College graduate, you are eligible to nominate deserving fellow alumni for Greenville College's annual alumni awards. Submit your nomination by January 31 for awards presented the following Homecoming. Nominations will be kept on file for future consideration.

Alumni Honored at Homecoming 2013

Dan Jensen Loyalty Award

Greenville College has announced the winners of its 2013 Alumni Awards. This year’s honors go to Distinguished Alumnus Dennis Spencer ’75, Outstanding Young Alumnus Gary Pierson ’95 and Loyalty Award winner Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science Dan Jensen (shown above with President Ivan Filby). The College formally recognized the honorees in a Homecoming chapel service on October 18 and at its Alumni Dinner, October 19.

A Career Connecting Fans With Sports

Distinguished Alumnus Dennis Spencer of Vienna, VA, serves as executive vice president for Lagardere Unlimited, Media, Events and Collegiate. The global sports and news media agency manages broadcasting rights in sporting events. Spencer oversees all of Lagardere’s domestic and international television activity, including the U.S. and French Open Tennis Championships, the Boston Marathon, M-1 Global Mixed Martial Arts and several Association of Tennis Professionals tournaments. Spencer’s career highlights include:

Representing the National Basketball Association in its first foray into Europe. Creating international television platforms for the United States Tennis Association, the Tour de France, and the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championships. Producing specials or series on all three major TV networks, ESPN, USA, Versus and PBS. Producing the Emmy Award-winning TV documentary “A Hard Road to Glory,” ABC’s prime time series “The Superstars,” and NBC’s “The Caesars Tribute to the Golden Age of American Skating.”

Dennis Spencer Video

Retirement Redefined

A talent for woodworking, a flair for theater, and a heart for service in causes dear to the GC community make retiree Dan Jensen this year’s recipient of the College’s Loyalty Award. Evidence of Jensen’s craftsmanship can be seen throughout campus:

The service desk in H.J. Long Gymnasium The Hall of Fame in the gym lobby An information kiosk in the dining commons The press box on the softball field Theatergoers may also recall Jensen playing lead roles in Factory Theatre productions of “Macbeth,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “You Can’t Take it With You,” and “Tartuffe.” He served as a longtime board member for The Simple Room, edited its newsletter and remodeled its kitchen. He is also has volunteered at Greenville’s federal prison where he led inmates in writing their life stories and directed several inmate productions of “Twelve Angry Men.” Jensen resides in Greenville.

Legal Expertise and a Heart for the Arts

Outstanding Young Alumnus Gary Pierson of Clayton, MO, translates his passion for the arts into legal services that support artists. He specializes in intellectual property, entertainment and advertising and marketing. Pierson’s work keeps him engaged with artists, writers, producers, record labels and filmmakers. He serves on the board for Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for Artists (VLAA) and leads a music business seminar at St. Louis University Law School. The St. Louis Business Journal named Pierson one of its “40 Under 40” young professionals for 2012, citing his career success and contributions to community.

These individuals received special recognition for modeling the ideals of Greenville College, demonstrating Christian discipleship, and making significant contributions to their fields of service.

Watch short videos made in honor of the award recipients:

- Distinguished Alumnus: Dennis Spencer

- Loyalty Award: Dan Jensen

- Listen to audio from Homecoming Chapel, featuring Dennis Spencer.

Submit nominations for the 2014 Alumni Awards.

Alumni Awards Nomination and Review Process

Each year the Greenville College Alumni Association presents three awards. The eligibility criteria for each award are available at the top right of this page. The GC Alumni Association invites all alumni to nominate individuals for these awards. In general, nominees lead lives that conform with the mission, vision and standards set forth in the College’s Foundational Documents.

Nominate someone online using the Nomination Form. Hard copy nomination forms can be obtained from the Office of Alumni Relations, or you can download and print a form. When completed, the nomination form may be submitted electronically or mailed to the Office of Alumni Relations, 315 E. College Ave., Greenville, IL 62246.

Selection for Greenville College alumni awards is based on a formal nomination and review process. For additional information about nominating alumni for the 2014 Alumni Awards, contact Pam Taylor at 618-664-6513 or