Awardees 2009

As alumni influence their marketplaces around the world, they continue the efforts of faculty and staff to inspire belief in SNU. At the SNU alumni and friends General Assembly 2009 luncheon, we honor these alumni for their exemplary endeavors to live out SNU’s mission.

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD

Mr. Rod and Mrs. Susan Riley ('97)

Rod and Susan Riley met at SNU and worked together in student government.  In 1997, Rod earned a B.S. in Biology and Susan earned a B.S. in Mass Communications with a minor in Marketing. They married the same year and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue their dream of continuing to work together.

They joined Provident Music Group, and from experience they gained there, they started their own record label, Spirit-Led Records. In 2001, they continued on the entrepreneurial path and launched two publishing companies and Fervent Records, an artist driven imprint. Fervent became the home for some of the top Christian artists and songwriters including BarlowGirl, Big Daddy Weave, Francesca Battistelli, Group 1 Crew, pureNRG, and more.

In 2004, Rod and Susan sold their record labels and publishing companies to Warner Brothers Records. With this acquisition, Fervent's artists and employees moved over to Warner's Christian label, Word Entertainment. Together, Rod and Susan were tapped to lead the label, with Rod heading up marketing, and Susan heading up artist and repertoire along with publishing.

Rod was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Word in 2008 and remains there today.  Susan left Word in 2009, to start Amplify Music Group, a music publishing company that specializes in Christian and country music, and to spend more time with the couple's daughter, Anna Catherine.

 

UNIVERSITY AWARD

Dr. Duane Srader ('66)

Duane completed a B.A. in Religion at SNU, celebrating with the class of 1966. He is married to SNU alumna, Linda Trigg from the class of 1965. Duane continued his education at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and in 2002, SNU honored him with an honorary doctor of divinity.

The Sraders ministry career has included pastoring five years in Oklahoma and Texas before leaving for the mission field in 1971 where they severed as missionaries in the Cape Verde Islands. In 1994, Duane was appointed as the field director of the Southern Europe Region, which included the Azores, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Albania. In 1998, a new Balkan field was organized and Duane added the responsibilities for overseeing this field.

Duane was elected District Superintendent of the Houston District in May of 2000. In May of 2002, Duane was also appointed as the District Superintendent of the San Antonio District. He has given invaluable leadership to these districts, and in 2003 the two districts merged to form the South Texas District.

Duane and Linda have two children, Deborah and Michael. They are blessed with seven grandchildren.

 

HERITAGE AWARD

Dr. Robert D. McCroskey, Jr. ('69)

Robert McCroskey, Jr. was born in southeast Kansas to Robert and Tillie McCroskey who served as career missionaries in the Church of the Nazarene.  Bob earned a B.A. in 1969 and an M.A. in 1971, both in Religion, from Southern Nazarene University, and was ordained as an elder in 1971 on the Northwest Oklahoma District.  Bob also earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Indonesian Evangelical Seminary.

While at SNU he met his wife and life’s partner in ministry, Rosa (Luginbyhl, ‘70). Rosa earned a B. A. in Music Education and together they began a life of service to the Church of the Nazarene as career missionaries.

Throughout their years on the mission field, they have served in a variety of capacities including teaching, music ministry, administration, and leadership.  It was through their leadership, the Church of the Nazarene started the Indonesia Nazarene Bible College in 1981. Bob and Rosa are currently working as global outreach personnel for the Church of the Nazarene in Indonesia where Bob serves as field strategy coordinator for the Sealands Field (SE Asia Islands).

Bob and Rosa have two children, Kara and Kent, who are alumni of SNU, and two grandchildren (with twins on the way), who we hope will follow their parents and grandparents footsteps as SNU alumni.

Mr. Dale Webster ('59)

Dale Webster comes from a long ancestry of Nazarenes, growing up in the Rogers, Arkansas, First Church of the Nazarene. The first in his family to graduate from SNU, Dale completed a B. S. in Business in 1959. He met Janie (Cooper, ’61) while attending SNU, and they married in 1960.

The Websters returned to Rogers, and Dale joined the family business, House of Webster, which specializes in jellies and preserves. Throughout his career, Dale guided the business in strategically marketing the sale of their own privately labeled items, corporate gift sets, products for other companies such as Hickory Farms, and other ventures.

After 40 years with House of Webster, Dale sold the business in 2006. He continued to provide oversight to the business with the new owners for two years, officially beginning retirement a year and a half ago. In retirement, Dale is involved on the boards of a local bank, a community foundation, the local chamber of commerce and the church board for Rogers First Church of the Nazarene. Dale has also served on both the advisory board for the North Arkansas District and on the general board of the Church of the Nazarene. He just completed his 37th year on the SNU Board of Trustees and is a member of the SNU Foundation Board.

Dale stays busy managing various investments and serving in several community roles. Together, Dale and Janie work diligently in their church. They have three children, Chris, Stephanie, and Gayle, who attended SNU, and they enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.