Waynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards at the annual Alumni and Friends Recognition Dinner held Saturday, Oct. 6, during the University’s Homecoming Weekend. The Golden Key Award was presented to Merle R. Brickner, Sr., while the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Marie (Christopher) Simmons.
The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to an alumnus or friend of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way.
This year’s recipient, Merle R. Brickner, Sr., was recognized for his support of and belief in Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and service. His generous contributions to Waynesburg University have made a lasting impact on its students, past, present and future.
For many years, Brickner has supported Waynesburg University as a loyal donor, a faithful fan and a genuine friend. His support of the University’s mission and educational endeavors has equipped students with the means necessary to make a difference in the world.
Marie (Christopher) Simmons, this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, was recognized for her unwavering devotion to the University’s mission. She has made a profound impact on countless families spanning Greene and Washington counties through the founding of child day care programs for low-income families.
Her commitment to mentorship and education is evident through her resolute passion to serve as a role model in a variety of settings throughout her life. Simmon’s financial support, commitment to prayer for her alma mater and her membership in the Paul R. Stewart Society further demonstrate her dedication to Waynesburg University.
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