Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will honor four distinguished alums and welcome nearly 200 returning grads to Alumnae/i Days, May 4-7, 2011. Highlights of the event include discussions with distinguished alums, reunions for the 50-year, 25-year, 10-year, and 5-year classes, tours of the city, and presentations by faculty and students.

Alums receiving awards this year include the Rev. Dr. David G. Dawson ’72 (Mission), the Rev. Dr. W. Hulitt Gloer ’75 (Academia), the Rev. Dr. Carol B. Pitts ’89 (Specialized Ministry), and the Rev. Dr. W. Terry Schoener ’63/’76 (Pastoral Ministry).

Visit www.testsite.pts.edu/alums for more information or to register. Contact the Rev. Carolyn Cranston ’99 at ccranston@testsite.pts.edu or call 412-924-1375 with questions.

The Rev. Dr. David Dawson ’72 has traveled on more than two dozen mission study trips since graduating from seminary. Through these journeys and his academics, David has gained the experience and knowledge for which we honor him as distinguished alumnus in mission. He serves as the executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Shenango. David is also a member of the “Yale Edinburgh Study Group,” a highly educated group of mission specialists in Europe and America who meet annually to read world mission papers. David is the only Presbyterian among the group of 70. Additionally, David is the PC(USA)’s leading authority on the history of Presbyterian mission funding. He has researched the topic from original sources, written a master’s thesis on the topic, and is the author of many articles including “Counting the Cost,” a chapter in A History of Presbyterian Missions 1944-2007. David holds degrees from Westminster College (BA, honors, and honorary D.D.), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div., cum laude), and Yale Divinity School (S.T.M., magna cum laude). He is married to Joan and they have two adult sons: Robert, who is married with four daughters, and Marcus who is married with two sons.

With an extensive history as pastor and professor, the Rev. Dr. W. Hulitt Gloer ’75 makes the grade as this year’s distinguished alumnus in academia. He is a graduate of Baylor University (BA), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div., cum laude), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D). Hulitt now serves at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary as professor of preaching and Christian Scripture and within the law school as visiting professor. Hulitt has also taught at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, North American Baptist Seminary, Augustana College, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the editor of several books and the author of As You Go: An Honest Look at Jesus’ First Disciples and An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Understanding of New Creations and Reconciliation in 2 Cor. 5:14-21. Hulitt is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, and National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. Married to Sheila, they have two adult sons: Jeremy, a police officer, and Joshua, a production coordinator for a film company in Hollywood.

Since graduating from the Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Carol Pitts ’89 has been focused on helping others heal. As the clinical director at Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, Carol conducts clinical case conferences, teaches didactic courses, supervises pastoral counseling, and serves as a pastoral counselor. Carol is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional counselor; approved as a supervisor by the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy; and diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and American Psychotherapy Association. In addition to her counseling work, Carol has also taught at Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, and Mercer University. Her work within the church has included serving as parish associate for pastoral care and pastoral counselor at Central Presbyterian Church, and as pastoral counseling resident at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, both in Atlanta. Carol is a graduate of Drake University (B.A.), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Duquesne University (M.A.), and Emory University (Ph.D.). She is the mother of one daughter, Erin, who is 13.

The Rev. Dr. W. Terry Schoener ‘63/’76 has had a profound impact upon others with a passionate dedication to civil rights and social justice. In Terry’s initial call in Ohio he led the church to open its doors as a way-station for those who walked for civil rights. In Mississippi, in 1964, he faced antagonism from the Ku Klux Klan and local law enforcement agencies alike. In 1966, Schoener was called to the Glenville United Presbyterian Church in inner city Cleveland. When rioting began, he served as a mediator and hosted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his famous Glenville speeches from Terry’s pulpit. Working alongside Dr. King and other national civil rights leaders, Terry fought for minority economic empowerment. Terry led Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church near Annapolis, Md. for more than 27 years, and it became a hub for local citizens of all faiths. He established a sister relationship with a church in Kingston, Jamaica, creating educational and health care programs for locals. He is a graduate of Muskingum College (BA) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). Terry is married to Brenda and they have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.