2014 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients
Young Alumni Achievement Award – Nathan Englehardt, Class of 1999
Nathan Englehardt, class of 1999, was a starting pitcher for the Lynx and two-time Academic All American. He graduated valedictorian of his class, and received the Adelia Niebuhr Stickel Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Award, and the Layman Athletics Award. He was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and was a Scholar of Distinction in the National Council of Independent Junior Colleges Academic All-American Program. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society for two-year colleges. He continued his education at Eastern Illinois University where he earned two degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 2001 and the Masters in Business Administration in 2002. For the past 12 years Englehardt has been working for Caterpillar, the world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment. As a Senior Revenue Supervisor of the Global Revenue Management Group, he leads a team of 11 analysts and consultants who determine pricing and pricing strategies for Caterpillar machinery, engines, parts and related products worldwide. A loyal Lynx, Englehardt faithfully supports the Lincoln College baseball program and serves on the Lincoln College President’s Advisory Council.
Alumni Achievement Award – Marc Kalman, Class of 1964
Marc Kalman, class of 1964, came to Lincoln College because of his interest in Abraham Lincoln. While he was a student, he was editor of The Lincolnian, worked on a weekly radio program that was broadcast on a local station, and was voted vice president of the sophomore class. He developed a love for media and broadcasting and decided to make it his life’s work. He transferred to Brown College in Minnesota and graduated in 1967. He started his radio career as a DJ at a small station in Michigan, then moved on to WMBD in Peoria, Illinois, before making his way back to Minnesota. He worked his way up from program director to sales, management, and executive positions with stations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market. Kalman used his career in broadcasting as a platform from which he helped raise millions of dollars for children’s charities in the Twin Cities, notably the Variety Children’s Hospital and KDWB Family Home. Known for his good management style and station ratings successes, Kalman’s stations won seven National Association of Broadcasting Marconi Awards, including three consecutive awards in the Top 40 category for KDWB, and four National Association of Broadcasting Crystal Awards for community service, including three consecutive awards for KDWB. Under his leadership, KDWB also received the 2003 National Association of Broadcasting Education Foundation’s Service to America Award. Kalman was inducted into the Pavek Museum’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002. He retired from broadcasting in 2011.
LaVeta Zurkammer Alumni Award – Don Vinson, Class of 1957
Don Vinson, class of 1957, spent most of his childhood in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High School. He spent one year at Southern Illinois University, then came to Lincoln College in fall 1956 on a tennis scholarship. After graduating, he went to work in Chicago then returned to Lincoln and married Georgia Brown. He served in the National Guard and was called to active duty during the Berlin and Cuban crises in the early 1960s. The Vinsons came back to Lincoln in 1990 when he was working in the Springfield office of Chicago-based Globe Glass and Mirror. He retired as their vice president for marketing in 2001. Vinson has served on the Lincoln City Council, the Civil Service Commission, the City Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Police and Fire Commission. Since 2005, Vinson has served as a docent and volunteered countless hours at the Lincoln Heritage Museum.
Honorary Alumni Awards – Rev. Glenn Shelton, Les Plotner, Joyce Kinzie*
Rev. Glenn Shelton, pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Lincoln, began holding an evening service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the early 1990s. Joyce Kinzie was a close friend of Rev. and Mrs. Shelton, and she faithfully attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service each year. In 2007, Joyce agreed to help Rev. Shelton change the format from an evening service to a community breakfast. Les Plotner began working with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast in 2008. He was appointed treasurer for the cause and quickly became the star ticket-seller. When Rev. Shelton suggested using the event to raise money for a scholarship to help a student attend college, Kinzie proposed that a scholarship be established for area minority students attending Lincoln College. The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Minority Student Scholarship Breakfast was held at The Maple Club in January 2009. Kinzie passed away in September, 2010, but her daughter Cathy Tiffany continued to host the Scholarship Breakfast at the Maple Club until 2012. By 2013 the Breakfast had outgrown the Maple Club and moved to the Davidson-Sheffer Gymnasium on the Lincoln College campus. To date, the Breakfast has raised over $30,000, ensuring that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Minority Student Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a Lincoln College student each year in perpetuity.