Riddle and Hall Receive 2019 Greatest Contribution Awards
May 14, 2019
During commencement on May 11, 2019, Central Baptist College presented two Greatest Contribution Awards. Landon Riddle received the traditional graduate award and Thomas Hall received the Professional Adult College Education (PACE) graduate award. The traditional student Greatest Contribution Award is given by vote of the administration, faculty, and staff, to a graduate who is deemed to have enriched the lives of students and employees spiritually, academically, socially, and personally and has demonstrated his or her love for CBC by giving unselfishly of personal energy, time, talent and effort. Landon Riddle graduated from CBC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible and a minor in Christian Care. He was involved in the Minister's Association. Additionally, Riddle was one of four 2019 recipients of the Jesse Thomas Christian Service Award for his outstanding Christian service, not only in the classroom, but also in his church and community.
Dr. Slayton, Chair of the Bible Department said, Landon is a genuine person. He has a deep desire to make a contribution to others [by] enriching their lives. Being a person of integrity, honesty, and of good reputation, he enjoys meeting and helping people. My prayer for Landon is what Jesus said to Peter and Andrew, I will make you fishers of men.
The PACE Greatest Contribution Award recognizes a student who has had the greatest positive impact on CBC during his or her tenure in the non-traditional program. This person has enriched the lives of students and faculty and demonstrated a love for CBC by giving unselfishly of personal time, energy and talent. Thomas Hall enrolled in the PACE and Online program in the spring of 2014. He has excelled in academics, being recognized locally on the CBC President's List of students. He graduated summa cum laude, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. Outside of his classroom accomplishments, Hall worked full time and served part-time as a Deputy for the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office. PACE Adjunct Instructor for Management Information Systems courses, William Ingram, said, Tommy Hall has been one of my best students in any class I have taught. I have always looked forward to Tommy being in my class because he embodies faith, hard work, and honor. He has inspired me to be a better professor, and I have learned things about information technology that I didn't know before. I am always encouraged by Tommy's commitment to family, faith, and his education.
Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, delivered Central Baptist College's commencement addresses. This year's class consisted of 140 graduates, 77 in the Traditional program and 63 in the PACE program. Both commencement ceremonies concluded with student processions through the Ratliff Bell Tower and a reception for the graduates and their families.