BPC Honors Local Alumni
Monday, 19 April 2010

April 19--  Brewton-Parker College’s Office of Alumni Relations and the BPC National Alumni Society presented several special annual awards to BPC Alumni and friends of the college during Alumni Weekend April 16-17. 

            This year’s winners are: Alumna of the Year, Maria Sasser (‘96); Ministerial Alumnus of the Year, Robert Anderson (’64);  Friend of the Year, Bill Brown (posthumous); Young Alumna of the Year, Millie Holder Price (’97); Music Alumna of the Year, Darlene Thrift Collins (’75); and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Katharine “KC” Cheshire (’05), Chuck Litvaney (’55) and Michael Mulling (’75).

College President Dr. David Smith made the presentations to local honorees.

BPC Alumna of the Year, 2010: Maria Sasser


            Maria Sasser is a native Californian. She and her husband, Tommy, the Vidalia Recreation Director, are members of First Baptist Church in Vidalia where they now reside. They have five children: Anna, Julie, Sean, Katherine, and Josh, and five grandchildren: Alyson, Ava Grace, Tucker, Zoe, and Analyn.

            Maria graduated from Brewton-Parker with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education, and obtained her Masters in Education from Troy State University. She teaches seventh grade social studies at J.R. Trippe Middle School where she has taught for the last 14 years. She has also coached tennis, sponsored Drama Club, and is currently teaching fifth grade girls in Sunday School. She finds her joy and strength through trusting Jesus, and His faithful promises.

            She and her husband have long been faithful supporters of Brewton-Parker College, and active participants of the BPC Annual Fund Campaign.

BPC Friend of the Year, 2010: Bill Brown

Image Bill Brown's family accepts honors on his behalf.

            Brewton-Parker College’s Friend of the Year award goes to a quiet, retiring man who never sought the spotlight for the many good deeds he did.

            Bill Brown, an agri-businessman, pioneered the use of center-pivot automatic irrigation systems in this area, as well as introduced many other agricultural innovations not in standard practice at the time for regional agricultural production. Most farmers in this region did business at one time or another with him.

            Mr. Brown was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Lyons and a quiet philanthropist. In and around Lyons remain many examples of his generosity. He was equally generous with his home church where he worshipped and served for a lifetime.

            He served as trustee of the college from 2000-2005 and came to be one of the college’s most faithful supporters. For many years, Brown provided financial assistance to deserving BPC students who could not afford the cost of private college tuition and fees – on the condition that they not reveal their benefactor.

            Such good works did not end with his recent passing. Mr. Brown left BPC $3.5 million in his estate to endow a scholarship for needy students, in order for such students to continue to get a Christian education they might not otherwise be able to afford. It was the largest contribution in Brewton-Parker College’s history.

Young Alumna of the Year, 2010: Millie Holder Price


            Mrs. Millie Price is originally from Crystal River, Fla.  Upon graduating from Crystal River High School in 1992, she decided to take big leap of faith and pursue her first two years of college coursework at Andrew Methodist College in Cuthbert, Georgia. 

            While at Andrew, Millie earned work study money by performing duties as a student athletic trainer for the male soccer and baseball programs. It was this interest in being involved with athletics that attracted Millie to Brewton-Parker College and continuing her education in a small, Christian school environment. 

            Mrs. Price transferred to BPC in 1994 and quickly accepted a work study position as the student athletic trainer for the men’s and woman’s soccer programs, men’s and woman’s tennis, and baseball team when needed.  She also was inspired by Dr. Melton and Dr. Pace in the area of social studies.  Social Studies was not her favorite subject in her formative years, but that all changed while attending BPC.  Millie went on to pursue a Middle Grades Education degree focusing on the areas of Social Studies and Physical Education. 

            Millie graduated from BPC with her bachelor of science degree in 1997.  She also has completed her master’s degree focusing in the areas of Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University and has her specialist’s degree from Nova Southeastern University targeting the area of Instructional Technology.  She has been teaching fourth grade Science and Social Studies for the past 13 years in the Montgomery and Toombs county areas.

            Millie has planned and implemented the Miss BPC Pageant the last three years.  She and her husband have given a "Spirit" award to the Miss BPC pageant.  She has also assisted with numerous fund raiser projects for the BPC Soccer teams.  She has always supported and promoted BPC every opportunity she gets.


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