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BPC presents Annual Alumni Awards, inducts 3 to Hall of Fame

MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s Office of Alumni Relations and the BPC National Alumni Society presented several special annual awards to BPC Alumni and friends of the college during Alumni Weekend April 16-17.


This year’s winners are: Alumna of the Year, Maria Sasser (‘96); Ministerial Alumnus of the Year, Robert Anderson (’64); Friend of the Year, Bill Brown (posthumous); Young Alumna of the Year, Millie Holder Price (’97); Music Alumna of the Year, Darlene Thrift Collins (’75); and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Katharine “KC” Cheshire (’05), Chuck Litvaney (’55) and Michael Mulling (’75).


“Each of these alumni has each gone above and beyond the call of duty to support Brewton-Parker College and their communities in a variety of ways,” said Norman Winter, Vice President for College Advancement. “I think the National Alumni Board did a terrific job selecting this year’s recipients.”  

BPC Alumna of the Year, 2010: Maria Sasser


Maria Sasser
Maria Sasser, center, is presented the Alumna of the Year award by Dr. David R. Smith, BPC President, right.

Maria Sasser is a native Californian. She and her husband, Tommy, the Vidalia Recreation Director, are members of First Baptist Church in Vidalia where they now reside. They have five children: Anna, Julie, Sean, Katherine, and Josh, and five grandchildren: Alyson, Ava Grace, Tucker, Zoe, and Analyn.


Maria graduated from Brewton-Parker with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education, and obtained her Masters in Education from Troy State University. She teaches seventh grade social studies at J.R. Trippe Middle School where she has taught for the last 14 years. She has also coached tennis, sponsored Drama Club, and is currently teaching fifth grade girls in Sunday School. She finds her joy and strength through trusting Jesus, and His faithful promises.


She and her husband have long been faithful supporters of Brewton-Parker College, and active participants of the BPC Annual Fund Campaign.

BPC Ministerial Alumna of the Year, 2010: Robert Anderson


Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson (center) is presented the Ministerial Alumnus of the Year award.

In 2002, Brewton-Parker’s own Robert Anderson joined the Georgia Baptist Convention Church-Minister Relations as Pastoral Care Consultant.  Robert has responsibility for reaching out to Georgia Baptist ministers, their families, and the GBC staff with compassion, encouragement, prayer support, and assistance during times of illness and crisis through personal contacts and on-site visits. Joining the Georgia Baptist Convention staff in 1997, he worked in the Evangelism Department and managed the Tent Ministry, Crossovers, as well as ministering in all other areas of evangelism.  In 2000, he also assumed responsibility for the Prayer Ministry for the Georgia Baptist Convention.


Robert was pastor at First Baptist Church in Swainsboro, Ga.; First Baptist Church in Donalsonville, Ga.; Emanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, Ga.; and Ila Baptist Church in Ila, Ga. He also served as the Chairman of Evangelism for the Bowen and Emanuel Baptist Associations.


After Robert graduated from Brewton Parker College, he went on to graduate from the University of Georgia and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and his wife, Sybil, have two daughters, Marla and LaNell, and a son, Wade, and seven grandchildren: Grace, Aaron, Hannah, Luke, Judd, Shayla, and Georgia Mae.

BPC Friend of the Year, 2010: Bill Brown


Bill Brown family
The Bill Brown family accepts the Friend of the Year Award on behalf of Brown. Brown was posthumously awarded for his generosity to the college as former Trustee and benefactor to many BPC students during the National Alumni Society Awards Ceremony April 17 on the Mount Vernon campus. (Photos by Mandy Corbin)

Brewton-Parker College’s Friend of the Year award goes to a quiet, retiring man who never sought the spotlight for the many good deeds he did.


Bill Brown, an agri-businessman, pioneered the use of center-pivot automatic irrigation systems in this area, as well as introduced many other agricultural innovations not in standard practice at the time for regional agricultural production. Most farmers in this region did business at one time or another with him.


Mr. Brown was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Lyons and a quiet philanthropist. In and around Lyons remain many examples of his generosity. He was equally generous with his home church where he worshipped and served for a lifetime.


He served as trustee of the college from 2000-2005 and came to be one of the college’s most faithful supporters. For many years, Brown provided financial assistance to deserving BPC students who could not afford the cost of private college tuition and fees – on the condition that they not reveal their benefactor.


Such good works did not end with his recent passing. Mr. Brown left BPC $3.5 million in his estate to endow a scholarship for needy students, in order for such students to continue to get a Christian education they might not otherwise be able to afford. It was the largest contribution in Brewton-Parker College’s history.

Young Alumna of the Year, 2010: Millie Holder Price


Millie Price
Millie Holder Price receives the Young Alumna of the Year award from Dr. David R. Smith, BPC President.

Mrs. Millie Price is originally from Crystal River, Fla.  Upon graduating from Crystal River High School in 1992, she decided to take big leap of faith and pursue her first two years of college coursework at Andrew Methodist College in Cuthbert, Georgia. 


While at Andrew, Millie earned work study money by performing duties as a student athletic trainer for the male soccer and baseball programs. It was this interest in being involved with athletics that attracted Millie to Brewton-Parker College and continuing her education in a small, Christian school environment. 


Mrs. Price transferred to BPC in 1994 and quickly accepted a work study position as the student athletic trainer for the men’s and woman’s soccer programs, men’s and woman’s tennis, and baseball team when needed.  She also was inspired by Dr. Melton and Dr. Pace in the area of social studies.  Social Studies was not her favorite subject in her formative years, but that all changed while attending BPC.  Millie went on to pursue a Middle Grades Education degree focusing on the areas of Social Studies and Physical Education. 


Millie graduated from BPC with her bachelor of science degree in 1997.  She also has completed her master’s degree focusing in the areas of Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University and has her specialist’s degree from Nova Southeastern University targeting the area of Instructional Technology.  She has been teaching fourth grade Science and Social Studies for the past 13 years in the Montgomery and Toombs county areas.


Millie has planned and implemented the Miss BPC Pageant the last three years.  She and her husband have given a "Spirit" award to the Miss BPC pageant.  She has also assisted with numerous fund raiser projects for the BPC Soccer teams.  She has always supported and promoted BPC every opportunity she gets.

BPC Music Alumna of the Year for 2010: Darlene Thrift Collins


Darlene Collins
Darlene Thrift Collins is presented the Music Alumna of the Year award.

Darlene was the accompanist for the BPC choir for the two years she was at the college, 1973-1974 and 1974-1975.  She developed her love for choral music at the Georgia Baptist Youth Music camp in Toccoa, which she attended for several years, and this carried over into her attending Brewton-Parker.  After BPC, she became the accompanist for Wrens Baptist Church in October of 1975, and she is still there. 


Over the years, she has accompanied many groups, solos, schools, secular choirs, ensembles, and everything else that could need an accompanist.  Darlene’s first love, however, and she believes her calling from God, is to accompany choirs.  Accompanying spiritual choral music is what she loves to do.  Though she insists she is not a performer, she has been called on many times to play solos and to be the main musical focus for many programs. 


Her focus whenever she plays is to remember that her audience’s response is to never be “what a great piano player”, but rather “what a great God.”  John 3:30 has become Darlene’s verse for her piano playing: He must increase and I must decrease.  She credits her accompanying skills to what she learned here at BPC, and gives her eternal thanks to Hildegard Stanley, the Brewton Parker music department, her BPC choirmates, and to God, the creator of music and the maestro of the universe.

Hall of Fame Inductees, 2010

Katharine Cheshire
Katharine Cheshire is inducted into the BPC Athletic Hall of Fame by her former coach, BPC Volleyball and Softball Head Coach Jason Bryant.

Katharine “KC” Cheshire was part of a great many “firsts” for BPC’s volleyball team: First Team to Have a Winning Season, first team to win a conference game and tournament, first and only team to win to make regionals. A four year starter on volleyball team, Cheshire was a three time all conference player, the first BPC player to reach the 1,000 Kills mark, selected Player of the Week ten times and selected for the National’s Second Team, and had the best serving percentage on the team all four years.


After graduation in 2005, Cheshire coached volleyball for a local high school team where they finished second in the state that year.  She also coached for C.S.A. (Christian Sports of Atlanta) volleyball club and currently is completing her fifth season and was appointed the director of the club last season.


She continues to be involved in the community, both in sports and in her work with the Dunwoody Police Department. Her award was presented by BPC Volleyball and Softball coach, Jason Bryant.

Chuck Litvaney
Chuck Litvaney is inducted into the BPC Athletic Hall of Fame April 17 by Ronnie Rush.

Chuck Litvaney excelled both on and off the court while at Brewton-Parker College. Selected “Most Intelligent” by his peers, he was known as one of the most intellectual student athletes to ever attend Brewton-Parker College.


He attended Brewton-Parker College in 1955, and while here a valuable member of the Baron Basketball Team. Litvaney was slected to the Georgia Junior College Basketball All-State Team and the All-State-Tournament Team.


After leaving Brewton-Parker College, he served his country for two years in the United States Army. Upon his discharge from the army, Litvaney attended Stetson University and played basketball for Coach Glenn Wilkes until his graduation in 1962.


Litvaney’s career was spent as a teacher, coach and athletic director for 30 years in Florida. He coached basketball for twelve years, winning ten county championships with an 83 percent winning record. His award was presented by Ronnie Rush.


Michael Mulling
The children of Michael Mulling are presented with his award for being inducted into the BPC Athletic Hall of Fame during the 2010 Alumni Weekend event.

Mike Mulling dominated both the basketball court and the baseball diamond for the Brewton-Parker-College Barons during his time at BPC. As a forward on the basketball team, his skills as a dribbler were legendary, and he consistently racked up three-digit season point totals.


As a catcher on the baseball team, he was named to the All-State Team both his freshman and sophomore years. He was also named Most Valuable Player both years. As a sophomore at BPC, he was voted “Most Versatile” by his classmates for his skills on the baseball field and the basketball court.


Mulling continued his baseball career at the University of South Carolina at Aiken, where he played Catcher and was named Most Valuable Player there. His award was presented by Tommy Powell.


Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, BPC’s main campus is located in Mount Vernon and has an external learning site in Newnan.


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Updated on: May 10, 2010 3:51 PM