Greenville University has announced the winners of its 2019 Alumni Awards. This year’s honors to go Distinguished Alumnus Carol Wilson Shoultz ’81 of Scurry, Texas, Loyalty Awardee Tony Smarrella ’88 of Danville, Indiana, and Outstanding Young Alumnus Aaron D. Cobb ’01 of Pike Road, Alabama.
The University will formally recognize these honorees during a Homecoming chapel service Friday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. in Whitlock Music Center. The public is invited.
Distinguished Alumna Carol Wilson Shoultz ’81 practices family law in Dallas, Texas. She and her law firm have been recognized for excellence, and Carol appeared in a May 2018 issue of the Dallas magazine Big D as one of the “Best Lawyers In Dallas.” She has been active in politics to educate the public about national issues. Carol has served on her local school board and in leadership positions at their local Methodist church. After graduating from Greenville U, she attended Southern Methodist University School of Law.
Carol and her husband Al also train show horses at their horse boarding facility in Scurry, Texas, and their horses frequently win prizes for showmanship.
Outstanding Young Alumnus Aaron Cobb ‘01 is an associate professor of English and philosophy at Auburn University at Montgomery. His research and publications explore issues of ethics, epistemology and perinatal palliative care.
He explored grief, faith and the human condition in his book “Loving Samuel: Suffering, Dependence, and the Calling of Love,” in which Cobb tells the story of losing his son Samuel shortly after birth. Cobb contributed reflections on this topic to Christianity Today’s “Thin Places Blog,” and he further explores issues of grief on his personal blog.
He received Auburn University’s 2015 Distinguished Emerging Professor Award and grants from the Moral Beacons project (Wake Forest University) and Forum Humanum Claremont Conference (Claremont Graduate University). Cobb and his family remain active in their local church home, and he often uses guest speaking and preaching opportunities to address the topic of hope.
Dr. Gene A. Kamp Loyalty Awardee Tony Smarrella ’88 demonstrates his commitment to Greenville University through academic contributions and frequent visits. He created the curriculum for four courses within the Briner School of Business online program and will develop an additional four courses soon. He has also taught classes for GU on entrepreneurship. He assists the Briner School’s Experience First program, serves on the Briner Advisory Board, and visits Greenville every six to eight weeks.
Tony was a biology teacher in the Pike school district for 14 years before leaving to pursue opportunities in consulting. He currently owns his own consulting firm Smarrella Consulting. He has attended the West Side Church of the Nazarene for 27 years, serving in various leadership and teaching roles.