Alumni Awarded at 2014 Homecoming

by Victoria Stearns, Public Relations Writer

At Cedarville University’s 127th homecoming celebration, five respected alumni will receive awards based on their community and global impact. These award winners will be presented their honors at the All-Alumni Luncheon on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:300 a.m. in the Stevens Student Center.
The Alumnus of the Year will be awarded to Daniel Petek, ‘87 from Elyria, Ohio. Daniel and his brother have launched and purchased nine manufacturing businesses that design, engineer, and build industrial molds and tooling used for automotive and aerospace applications. Currently, Daniel is the President and CEO of Castek Aluminum in Elyria and Castek Innovations in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and a partner with Cascade Pattern, Inc., and GPD Development. He has also been involved as a Highland School Board President and member Akron Children’s Hospital Steering Committee member, and as a participant in various missions trips to Haiti, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Chad, Africa.
The Alumni Impact Award, given by current Cedarville students, will be presented to Naomi Washatka, 2010 graduate. She currently resides in Washington D.C., supports Cedarville students who hope to work with the International Justice Mission (IJM). She has served as a personal reference for many Cedarville students, traveled to Cedarville to recruit current students, and has been extremely willing to answer questions for graduates interested in non-profit and humanitarian work. Washatka serves as the Human Resources Transition Manager of IJM working with local administration in the fight to eradicate slavery.

The “One Another” Mindset Award will be awarded to Brian Dye ’99, a resident of Chicago, Illinois.  Dye was chosen for engaging culture with a biblical mindset for his work in urban ministry and inner city outreach at Inner City Impact in Chicago along with his founding of the Legacy Institute of Chicago.
The Distinguished Service Award belongs to Robert Rohm ’68. Rohm has spent his life in ministry, including 20 years in leadership roles at Cedarville University. At Cedarville University he guided students through Christian ministry leadership, chapel involvement, mission trips, and personal counseling.
The Honorary Alumna of the Year will be awarded to June Perry from Portsmouth, Ohio. Perry’s legacy is her involvement in the lives of Cedarville University students. She and her late husband, Alvin, endowed a scholarship that has helped 23 students continue their education at Cedarville.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.