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Milligan alumni honored for achievements

Mercy Akide was inducted into the Milligan Athletics Hall of Fame. As a member of the 1999 women’s soccer team, Akide set numerous records, many of which still stand today.

Marvin Eichorn, a Master of Business Administration graduate in 2010, received Milligan’s Professional Excellence Award.

Emily Homrich Mitchell, a Bachelor of Science graduate in 2001, received Milligan’s Professional Excellence Award.

Gary Powers Jr. (left) accepted the Distinguished Alumnus Award on behalf of his father, Francis Gary Powers, U2 pilot and 1950 Milligan alum, who is portrayed in the new film “Bridge of Spies.” He is pictured with President Dr. Bill Greer.

Milligan’s Restoration Crew—a group of 20-30 alumni, alumni parents, and friends of Milligan who volunteered one week each summer from 1999-2008 to perform various clean up and renovation projects on the college’s campus—received the George W. Hardin Spirit of Milligan Award.

The Heritage Award recognizes individuals or families whose ties to Milligan are deep and wide. This year it went to the Jo Ann Richardson Family, whose engagement with Milligan over the past 40 plus years has been extensive.

Marty Shirley was inducted into the Milligan Athletics Hall of Fame. Shirley competed on the men’s soccer team from 1987 to 1990 and returned to Milligan from 2001 to 2005 as a coach.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2015) – Several Milligan College alumni were honored for their service and achievements during the college’s annual “Celebrate Milligan” during Homecoming.

“These alumni have accomplished remarkable achievements in their professional careers, their communities, and their service and dedication to Milligan,” said President Dr. Bill Greer. “They are shining examples of Milligan’s mission to create servant leaders who make a difference in their world.”

The college inducted two former soccer players into Milligan’s Athletics Hall of Fame Friday. Mercy Akide was a member of a record setting Milligan team during the 1999 season and later went on to have success at the international level. She represented her native Nigeria in the FIFA Women’s World Cup three times and in the Olympic Games two times. Marty Shirley set several Milligan records during his career from 1987 to 1990. Shirley returned to Milligan as a coach from 1997 to 2005.

The late Francis Gary Powers (’50), renowned U2 pilot whose spy plane was shot down over the former Soviet Union in 1960, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award posthumously. A film portraying Powers called “Bridge of Spies,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, released in October. Powers’ son, Gary Powers Jr., received the award on his father’s behalf.

The Heritage Award recognizes individuals or families whose ties to Milligan are deep and wide. This year, it went to the Jo Ann Richardson Family, whose engagement with Milligan over the past 40 plus years has been extensive, contributing financial resources, administrative skills, creativity and advocacy to advance the college’s mission.

Milligan’s Professional Excellence Awards went to Marvin Eichorn, a Master of Business Administration graduate in 2010, and Emily Homrich Mitchell, a Bachelor of Science graduate in 2001, double-majoring in computer information systems and business.

Mitchell has worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers, IBM and now Accenture, where she has been for the past 10 years. Promoted to manager in 2011, Mitchell is Accenture’s financial close lead.

Eichorn serves as Mountain States Health Alliance’s chief operating officer and senior vice president, and he was formerly their chief financial officer. Eichorn recently was recently named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “125 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know,” which recognizes high-performing financial strategists within the hospital industry nationwide.

Milligan’s Restoration Crew—a group of 20-30 alumni, alumni parents and friends of Milligan who volunteered one week each summer from 1999-2008 to perform various clean up and renovation projects on the college’s campus—received the George W. Hardin Spirit of Milligan Award, named after an alumnus who gave significant time, money and encouragement to the school, ensuring its continued existence.

The Restoration Crew, the brainchild of former First Lady Clarinda Jeanes, includes: Mark Amstutz (’99), Carol Barker (’64), Joanne Bennett, Diana Combs (’71), Ron Dougherty (’58), Helen Hackett, Ed (’63) and Cheryl Hugunin, Clarinda Jeanes (’71), Carolyn Kustanbauter (’73), Wendy Patrick (’71), Richard and Judy Price (’65), Jim and Ivy Rice, Don and Dawn Sexton, and Marie Wright (’69).

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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