U of O Alumni Association to honor six

Release Date: 3/25/2009

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks Alumni Association will present its annual awards to six distinguished honorees during the Alumni Weekend 2009 Awards Banquet, scheduled for 5 p.m., on Friday, April 17.

Dr. Fletcher B. Lowry ’52 of Conway, Ark., will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Freddia Sullivent ’91 of Alma, Ark., will be honored with the Alumni Merit Award. Trillian ’99 of New York City will receive the Young Alumni Service Award.

In addition, the Alumni Association has chosen three alumni to receive the 2009 Legacy Award to recognize a lifetime of unselfish giving of their resources to support Ozarks. The Legacy Award recipients are E. Kathryn Wright ’58 of Georgetown, Texas; Joanne (Willett) Taylor ’60 of Clarksville; and David Rawhouser ’69 of Arlington, Texas.

Lowry was a long-time coach and physical education professor at the University of Central Arkansas. As a baseball coach at UCA for 14 years, he won 222 games and six Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference titles. He served as a professor and chairman of the Department of Physical Education at UCA for 18 years before retiring in 1987. In 2004 he was elected to the UCA Sports Hall of Fame. At Ozarks, he lettered four years in football and was co-captain of the 1952 team. He and his wife, Jo Nell, have three children.

Sullivent is a senior accountant for Golden Ventures, a healthcare services provider for the elderly. She has been a long-time member of the Alumni Board of Directors and served as the board’s president from 2003-2005. She has also been a long-time philanthropic supporter of the university. She and her husband, Tommy, reside in Alma.

Trillian, who was known as Jenny Stevenson when she attended Ozarks, is a tailor and costume designer in New York City who has worked on numerous television shows and movies, including Saturday Night Live, Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. After graduating from Ozarks, she earned a master’s degree in costume design from Rutgers University. She is an avid supporter of the university’s theatre program.

Wright, who graduated from Ozarks with degrees in business administration and physical education, spent her entire career in Houston public schools, where she taught, coached and lead a 250-member, all-girls drum and bugle corp.

For more than 45 years Taylor has owned and operated Phil Taylor Insurance in Clarksville, first with her late husband Phil and now with her son Philip. She has served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors for many years and was the 1991 recipient of the Alumni Merit Award.

Rawhouser is an accountant for QuickSilver Resources in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a member of the university’s Board of Trustees where he serves as chair of the finance committee. He was also a long-time member and past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as the 2006 Alumni Merit Award recipient. He and his wife, Jill, have one son.

Tickets for the Awards Banquet are $15 each. For more information on the Awards Banquet or any Alumni Weekend 2009 event, please call the Alumni Office at 479-979-1234.