Morehead State University’s 2013 Homecoming Banquet was held Friday, Oct. 25, in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).
Click on name to watch Hall of Fame video. The 2013 Founders Award for University Service was presented to Clyde I. James. A native of Morehead, James is a graduate of Morehead High School and MSU. He received his master’s degree in education student personnel administration with an emphasis in business from Indiana University. James was employed by MSU for more than 27 years. In that time, he held numerous positions with the University, including residence hall director, faculty member, associate dean of students, Greek affairs advisor, and manager of the university center. In addition to his impressive professional career, James has served on numerous committees throughout his tenure. His dedication to Morehead State did not stop upon his retirement. He continues to serve the University as a goodwill ambassador. As a past president of the MSU Alumni Association, James frequently volunteers in efforts related to alumni and foundation interests. Most recently, the University received more than $25,000 to establish the Clyde I. James Scholarship Endowment, which will provide scholarships for future MSU students. Inducted in the Alumni Hall of Fame was David Blevins (89), Nathaniel Lee (77), and Gregory H. Wing (76). Blevins (89) came to MSU on a baseball scholarship and later earned a B.S. degree in environmental science. Now, he serves as a director level vice president of CH2M Hill, one of the largest environmental consultation firms in the United States. He has spent more than two decades working for numerous companies in both Kentucky and Michigan and has been involved in a variety of large-scale engineering and environmental projects. Lee is the senior partner of Lee and Fairman, LLP, a law firm based in Indianapolis, Ind. He has litigated more than 150 jury trials, is active with various community organizations and boards, and serves as chairman of The Lee Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization which provides annual assistance to youth and families in the Greater Indianapolis and surrounding areas. The foundation’s events, like its Halloween Drive-Through Candy Giveaway and Christmas Adopt-A-Family, have been held for the past 15 years and serviced thousands of children and families. Wing is currently a professor of trumpet at Morehead State University, along with being an in-demand clinician/guest artist and performer with the Horizon Brass Quintet. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading trumpet artists, having performed with a variety of notable jazz and classical music orchestras and alongside Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Natalie Cole and Tom Jones among others. He was the recipient of the 2010-11 Morehead State University Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. Inductees of the Athletic Hall of Fame were Henry Akin, Mike Brown (63) and Amy Almond Paul (03). Akin, originally from Troy, Mich., was a basketball standout during his time with the Eagles. In his two seasons (63-64 and 64-65) under Head Coach Bob Laughlin, he led MSU in rebounds and was second on the team in scoring. He also ranked in the OVC’s top 10 for scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw accuracy both seasons. Akin played in the NBA for two seasons, first with the Knicks in 1966-67 and the following season with the Seattle Supersonics. He later played in the American Basketball Association for the Kentucky Colonels for one season (1968-69). Brown left his mark on MSU athletics both on and off the field. The Logan, Ohio, native played multiple positions for the Eagle football squad from 1959-62. His senior season, the year the Eagles were named co-champions of the OVC, he was a Second-Team All-OVC selection and was named both MSU’s Most Valuable Player and the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back. Brown returned to serve as assistant coach from 1966-68 and helped guide MSU to its second league title in 1966. He would go on to serve 15 years as the faculty representative for athletics and chaired the MSU athletic committee for 10 years. Paul was an outside hitter for the MSU volleyball team from 1999-2002. The Columbus, Ohio, native had standout seasons in 2001 and 2002. Both years, she was selected as an all-region honoree by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year. Almond is ranked third in school history in career kills, sixth in both career hitting percentage and single-season kills and holds a freshman-class record for hitting percentage.
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