Alumni Awards 2007

Alumni Awards 2007

The Buena Vista University National Alumni Association honored five individuals over Homecoming weekend for their service to the university and to society. The awards were presented at a special ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Those honored were:

Wayne J. Forbes, Storm Lake, the recipient of the Henry Olson Alumni Award.

This award is the highest honor presented by the BVU Alumni Association. Named in honor of BVU's 13th president, the award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to society and/or to the University for their exceptional effort, dedication and self-sacrifice in service to others.

Forbes, a member of the Class of 1947 and a former trustee, had served as an aerial navigator in the Army Air Corps from August 1943 to December 1945 before attending Buena Vista, where he majored in business. As a student, he was involved with The Tack student newspaper and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

Following graduation from Buena Vista, Forbes worked for J.C. Penny in Storm Lake for six years before opening Forbes Shoes in 1953, which he operated until his retirement in 1988. During that time, he employed 39 BV students at the store, including several who went on to be successful in careers in education, health care and financial services.

Forbes served as a trustee of Buena Vista from 1962-69. He was also a member, and president, of the BVU Alumni Association board and in 1977 he was honored with the John Fisher Award.

Forbes, and his late wife, Betty of the Class of 1947, have been generous benefactors of Buena Vista, including support of the Deans Fellowship in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business and the current renovation project for the baseball and softball fields. He is a long-time member of the Order of the Arch, BVU's honorary giving society.

Forbes has been active in Storm Lake community and civic organizations, including the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce/retail bureau, Community Chest, and the board of the Storm Lake Industrial Development Corp. He served on the board of Commercial Trust and Savings Bank (now Central Bank) for 33 years. He was also active in the leadership of Lakeside Presbyterian Church.

He and Betty had two daughters, Barbara Bell of Fort Myers, Fla., and Rebecca Potere of Sarasota, Fla. He has one grandchild.


Julie Quirin, Overland Park, Kansas, the recipient of the Keith Briscoe Alumni Award.

The award was named in honor of BVU's 16th President, who led the campus from 1974 to 1995. It is intended to recognize recent graduates for their past student achievements and present career success.

Quirin, who graduated from BVU in 1987 with a degree in marketing, is the president and CEO of Saint Luke's South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. Under her leadership, the hospital has enjoyed substantial growth and earlier this year announced a $43 million expansion and renovation project. In 2004, it received the Kansas Award for Excellence from the Kansas Excellence Foundation.

Prior to joining Saint Luke's South in 2002, Quirin had been Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning for Saint Luke's Health System since 1997. She previously held administrative positions with Shawnee Mission Medical Center, HealthNet and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General in Kansas City, Mo. In 1995, she received her master's degree in organizational communication from the University of Kansas.

Quirin is very involved in community activities in the greater Kansas City area and currently sits on the board of directors of several civic organizations.

As a BV student, Quirin was active in campus organizations and played on conference championship basketball and softball teams, including the 1984 softball team that won the NCAA Division III national championship. She was inducted into the BVU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

Quirin, a native of Storm Lake, served on the board of the BVU National Alumni Association from 2002 to 2004 and was recently appointed to the President's Advisory Council. She has also been a generous supporter of the baseball/softball fields renovation project.

Her parents are Ed and Charlene Quirin of Storm Lake. Her sister Lisa (Quirin) Pickhinke, a 1990 graduate of Buena Vista, lives in Sac City, and her brother, Doug, lives in Alta.

Gregory L. Kenyon, Waukee, the recipient of the John Fisher Alumni Award.

The award was established in 1970 and named for Buena Vista's 14th president. This outstanding service award recognizes a former student who possesses a consistent and persevering dedication to the qualities for which the University stands.

Kenyon, who graduated magna cum laude from Buena Vista in 1976 with majors in political science, economics and natural science, has been in private practice with the Des Moines law firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave, P.C. since 2000.

After earning his law degree at Drake University in 1978, Kenyon, a native of Creston, served as bank counsel and trust officer for West Des Moines State Bank until 1980 when he went into private practice with the West Des Moines firm of Stamatelos & Kenyon, P.C.

He has been on the faculty of the Iowa State Bar Association Bar Review/Probate and Trust, since 2002 and is a regular speaker and presenter for continuing legal education on the topics of estates, trusts, elder law, Medicaid and long term care planning. He is the co-author of Guiding Those Left Behind in Iowa, a book explaining the legal and practical aspects involved in settling residents' estates in Iowa.

At Buena Vista, he played baseball and basketball for one year and was active in student organizations. As an alumnus, Kenyon, who has been a generous benefactor, participates in BVU's Career Symposium and is a new member of the President's Advisory Council.

Kenyon has been involved in community and civic organizations, including United Way of Central Iowa, West Des Moines Rotary, West Des Moines Board of Human Services and Des Moines Golf and Country Club. He is also active in Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines.

He and his wife, Pamela, who is an account manager in the Integrated Marketing Division for Meredith Publishing, have two children: Samantha, a University of Iowa graduate who is attending graduate school at Drake University; and Nick, a student at Des Moines Area Community College.

E. Leland Ballou, Storm Lake, a recipient of the Wendell Halverson Outstanding Friend Award.

Named in honor of BVU's 15th president, the award recognizes service by individuals who are not alumni of the university. Ballou, a Sir John Templeton Life Trustee of BVU, served on the Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1999.

Ballou is chairman of the board and CEO of Security Trust and Savings Bank in Storm Lake and is one of only a few still active bankers in Iowa with 70 or more years of service.

He is a 1937 graduate of the University of Chicago and the graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin. He started working at Security as a clerk. From 1943-1946, he served in the U.S. Navy and upon returning to Storm Lake resumed his banking career. He was president of the Iowa Bankers Association in 1965.

He and the Ballou family have been long-time friends and supporters of Buena Vista. His father, L.E. Ballou, was instrumental in founding the Ballou Library, which opened in 1966. Lee Ballou and his late wife, Bettie (Skewis), a 1936 graduate of Buena Vista, supported student scholarships and were major benefactors in the challenge campaign for the new Estelle Siebens Science Center.

He was active in various Storm Lake organizations, including over 50 years as a member of the Elks and Kiwanis. He was a long-time treasurer of the Storm Lake Community School district and was a trustee of Lakeside Presbyterian Church.

Ballou and Bettie had two daughters, Barbara Dvergsten of Storm Lake, and Cynthia Brown, who passed away in December 2000. He has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Dr. Paul McCorkle, Sac City, also a recipient of the Wendell Halverson Outstanding Friend Award.

McCorkle, a Sir John Templeton Life Trustee, served on the Board of Trustees from 1978-2006. He is a 1937 architectural engineering graduate of Iowa State University and owned and operated the highly successful McCorkle Construction Company in Sac City.

While on the Board of Trustees, McCorkle, was a member and chair of the building and grounds committee for 24 years providing leadership in the planning, construction and supervision of major capital projects on campus. He also served on other Board committees.

He and his late wife, Vivian, a 1959 graduate of Buena Vista who was also a Life Trustee, have been generous supporters of BVU. They created the Paul and Vivian McCorkle Scholarship, provided major gifts for the Lamberti Recreation Center and the new Estelle Siebens Science Center, along with the Vivian McCorkle House (the residence of the president) and many other special gifts.

One of the greatest legacies of the McCorkles at BVU has been the George Wythe Award, which they endowed in 1988 to annually recognize a BVU faculty member for excellence in teaching.

In 1986, they were presented with BVU's highest honor, The Founders Citation for Excellence, in recognition of their far-reaching impact on the university. In 1993, Paul was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university.

In past years, McCorkle has been active in community organizations. He is a member of the United Methodist Church.

McCorkle's son, Jack and wife, Claudia, live in St. Petersburg, Florida, and his daughter, Shirley Bartlett, lives in Dallas, Texas. Paul has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.