Judson’s Alumni Award Winners Return Home to Celebrate Accomplishments
(ELGIN, IL September 29, 2010) What do a youth pastor from Ohio, a charity marathoner from Dekalb, a pharmaceutical developer from Cleveland and an architect from Tuscan have in common? They all returned to Judson University on September 24 as this year’s Alumni Award winners for Judson’s annual homecoming banquet held at Randall Oaks in West Dundee, Ill.
Three of the graduates received a Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given to recognize alumni that have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community as they model excellence in their vocations. This year's distinguished alumni are Mark Gregory '77 of Dekalb, Ill., Dr. Nick Petousis '85 of West Lake, Ohio, and Scott Feltheim '96 of Tucson, Ariz.
Alumnus Mark Gregory was being recognized for his outstanding volunteer work and life of service. As a soccer player for Judson in 1973, Gregory sustained a serious compound fracture to his tibia and fibula. He spent the next several years trying to regain basic and athletic functionality. At age 47, Gregory started running in order to regain the speed and agility he lost in the years immediately following that injury. After reading an article in Runner's World Magazine about charity runners, Mark decided to join Team in Training (TNT) which is the world's largest endurance training program. TNT became Mark's personal mission as he began running in his hometown to honor his mother, who passed away of leukemia when Mark was just 17 years old. In his time with TNT, Gregory has become a TNT Mentor, raised over $48,000 in charitable funds, and has coached over 300 marathoners in the past eight seasons. Since 2006, Gregory has completed 10 marathons and 17 half-marathons. Mark runs in these marathons to continue honoring his mother, as well as his younger sister who passed away from colon cancer at the age of 23. Mark lives with his wife, Pam, and son, Andrew in Dekalb, Ill.
Dr. Nick Petousis is presently a pharmaceutical specialist with BASF, the world's leading chemical company based in Germany. Petousis earned his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry at the University of Toledo in 1991. Over the course of his career, Petousis has researched and developed new sensitizers for photodynamic therapy for the treatment of various cancers. He continued building his expertise in drug development at Northwestern University Medical School in their department of endocrinology. In 1993, Petousis joined Abbott Laboratories as a chemist in chemical development with a focus in developing scalable chemical process, for which he earned the "Scientist of the Year" award.
Petousis has spent the last several years of his career working with the business development of pharmaceuticals with several manufacturing organizations in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has founded several other chemical companies, and has been instrumental in guiding pharmaceutical and chemical product through the clinical phases into commercial production. Petousis is very active in his church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lives with his wife Christina and two sons, Xristo and Yianni.
Scott Feltheim, founding architect of SDG Architecture, LLC. Feltheim originally attended Judson as a music student and earned his degree in music performance in 1996. He was the assistant sound engineer on the Newsboys' album, Take Me to Your Leader, which was the group's first gold album. Feltheim became one of the original 20 students to attend Judson's architecture program when it was established in 1997. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies in 2001 and then completed his Masters in Architecture degree in 2001. Feltheim has specialized in residential and church design, as well as the utilization of “green” architecture in numerous projects in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and the Virgin Islands. His designs have been featured in the IKEA Business website and “The Nature of Design” in Miller-McCune Magazine. Feltheim participates in several professional architecture affiliations including the Association of Licensed Architects, the Judson University College of Architecture Advisory Council, and the U.S. Green Building Council (Southern Arizona Chapter).
Feltheim gives special credit to Judson's integration of faith and architectural studies and practice. He lives in Tucson, Ariz., with his wife, Linda, and two children. He also attends Tucson's Christ Community Church, where he continues to use his music degree as he performs with the Christ Community Church orchestra.
Judson’s Alumnus of the Year for 2010 was Rev. Kevin Thomas '93 of North Canton, Ohio. Rev. Kevin Thomas is beginning his seventeenth year in youth ministry. He began serving his current church, First Baptist Church of Canton, Ohio, as the Associate/Youth Pastor in November 2000. Thomas is involved in several other local organizations as president of the American Baptist Education Society, director of Stark County's Youth Network, and as an active participant of the Plain Local School and Faith in Plain organizations. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Judson and a Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Michi '93, have three children, Kaleb, Kensington, and Kyle.