Three new inductees will enter the Southwestern College Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences on Friday, April 16, in Deets Library on the Southwestern College campus.
The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the unveiling of plaques followed by dinner and the induction ceremony. There is limited seating available and RSVP is necessary. Contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, (620) 229-6334.
• Billie Ann Day ’60. She began her community and international service as a YWCA volunteer abroad in Turkey, serving in Sierra Leone as one of the first Peace Corps volunteers. She began teaching with the Urban Teacher Corps and spent her career committed to encouraging students to broaden their perspectives. She later served as an international election observer (in Bosnia and Sierra Leone) and Federal Emergency Management Agency volunteer. She has been president of social studies associations, Peace Corps alumni, World Hunger Education Service, Friends of Sierra Leone, and of the D.C. League of Women Voters, and served on the boards of the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Peace Corps Association. She earned the Daniel Roselle Lecture Award and Fulbright Scholarships to the Netherlands and Brazil.
• Lyman Schiller Johnson ’28 (deceased), minister and teacher, earned his graduate degrees from Iliff School of Theology, and was ordained elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1931. A leader in the United Methodist Church, he served six times as a delegate to General Conference and on many boards and commissions. His passion for justice led him to integrate a local church, recruit Japanese American students for Southwestern College and thus get them released from relocation centers during World War II, and serve as a member of the "Commission of 70" that framed the plan for full participation of African-American members in the denomination. Accepting this honor will be his daughter, Barbara (Johnson) Isely ’64.
• C. Darnell Jones II ’72 was sworn in as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2008. Jones began serving as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia in 1987, and then became president judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania in 2005. During his tenure as president judge of Pennsylvania’s largest judicial district, he was appointed chair of the Administrative Governing Board. Before becoming a judge, he practiced law at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he served as chief of the Family Court Division. At the request of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, he oversaw the development of a curriculum for trial judges presiding over capital cases. In 2005, Judge Jones was named one of the 500 leading judges in America.