Sinclair Honors Appalachian Unsung Heroes

Sinclair College recently hosted the 16th Annual Appalachian Unsung Hero Awards in Sinclair’s Charity Earley Auditorium. Fifteen community members were awarded this year, including Sinclair Professor Al Wahle (Civil and Architectural Technology), who was nominated by Dr. Steve Johnson, President and CEO of Sinclair.

Attendees of the event included Mayor Gary Leitzell, Commissioner Deborah Lieberman, Valerie Lemmie (District Director for Congressman Mike Turner) and Judge Colette Moorman, along with others who came out to support their friends and family.

Other VIP attendees were: Senator Peggy Lehner, Mayor Bill Flaute (City of Riverside) and Mayor Dick Church (City of Miamisburg).

"An unsung hero is someone who performs good deeds and builds pride and self-esteem within the Appalachian community, but has gone unnoticed or unrewarded for their exceptional efforts," says Appalachian Outreach and Think College Coordinator Rana Peake. "The Appalachian Outreach department aims to provide support and nurture Appalachian culture awareness throughout Sinclair and the Miami Valley. We truly appreciate and honor the service of all these dedicated individuals."

Award winners from the local community were recognized for their contributions to the Appalachian communities in the Dayton area. Nominees for this award must meet federal Appalachian guidelines or must have demonstrated outstanding service within the Appalachian community.

Sinclair's Appalachian Studies program is the first of its kind in Ohio. It focuses on expanding awareness of rural and urban cultures in the Appalachian regions of the United States.

Congratulations to all Sinclair faculty and staff for their outstanding efforts! The 2012 Unsung Hero Awardees are:
Outstanding Family Values: Brenda Kay "Cissie" Long (Riverside)
Outstanding Community Outreach: Ellen Shelley (Life Enrichment Center, Dayton)
Outstanding Public Service: Charlotte Tingelstad (Fairborn)
Outstanding Service in Education: Alice Berry (Northridge Schools)
Outstanding Sinclair Educator: Al Wahle (Professor, Civil and Architectural Technology)
Outstanding Religious Outreach: Karen Alice, Ruby Cox, Thomas Phelps, Dottie Jackson Judi Stringer, Joanna Mount (Life Enrichment Center Volunteers, Dayton)
Outstanding Environmental Stewardship: Nancy Stranahan (Bainbridge, OH)
Willis "Bing" Davis Lifetime Achievement Award: Ginny Strausburg (DP&L Foundation, Ret.)
Carol Baugh Outstanding Cultural Heritage Award: Jeff Cartwright (Dayton)