John M. ’69 and Gwenyth “Gwen” (Adair) '70 Haspels were the recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award, given to Sterling College alumni for a lifetime of service in Southwest Ethiopia. The Haspelses are still serving in Ethiopia, so their son, Chuck Haspels ’97, received the award in their honor.
The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1975, is the highest alumni award given by Sterling College. It honors and recognizes a lifetime of service that exemplifies exceptional contribution to society, distinguished professional accomplishment, and outstanding leadership and character. The recipient is nominated by fellow alumni and voted on by the Alumni Council and Sterling College Board of Trustees.