Fri, May 21 2010
LeTourneau University recognized two alumni for outstanding achievements recently when it awarded Dave Fyock the 2010 Alumnus of the Year Award and Randy Hartman the Distinguished Service Award. Both recipients of these awards demonstrate outstanding service in a wide variety of areas such as in their church, their community, their profession, and the university.
The Alumnus of the Year award is given to those who have obtained a high level of accomplishment in their profession and who possess the highest standards of faith, integrity, and character. Fyock, a 1983 Aviation Technology graduate, is executive vice president of Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, Idaho.
MAF is a Christian nonprofit that provides aviation services, communications and learning technology support to more than 1,000 missionaries, humanitarian agencies and indigenous villagers across the world. Fyock manages the finance, aviation, information technology and personnel departments today, but has served as a missionary pilot in Albania and Costa Rica. Fyock grew up as the son of missionaries serving in Venezuela.
Immediately after graduating from college, Fyock taught as a flight instructor for LETU for four years while he served as an associate pastor at Alliance Bible Church in Longview. He has been married to his wife, Hilda, for 20 years. They have two boys, Sean and Micah. Fyock currently serves on the LeTourneau Alumni Advisory Council and continues to support the university financially and through acts of service.
The Distinguished Service Award is given to an alumnus who exhibits excellence in a particular service or volunteer area. Hartman, a 1979 Mechanical Engineering and Aviation Technology graduate, was a member of the Alpha Omega service society while at LETU. Alpha Omega is a society at LETU, founded in 1960 that emphasizes faith and unity through brotherhood, spanning generations. Alpha Omega strives to build strong, dedicated Christian men.
He has stayed connected with the university and Alpha Omega (AO) since graduating, encouraging godly living and brotherhood among the AO members. Hartman has been a consistent Christian example to the young men at the society house, and many have called upon him for guidance during difficult times.
Hartman and his wife, Janice, live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he owns Alpha Omega Aircrafters, Inc. that builds custom aircraft. Located at the Eastern Iowa Airport, Hartman’s hangar has been the site of several LETU alumni and friends dinners.
The Hartman’s recently hosted the 50th reunion of the Alpha Omega society, spending countless hours on the details, making sure that the alumni have a very positive experience as they return to campus for the event. He and Janice flew down in his private plane to check on the facilities and to meet with local alumni, faculty and staff concerning the reunion. Hartman has also been a faithful contributor to the LeTourneau flight program and also to funds which keep the AO House maintained.
“Since returning to LeTourneau, I have met many alumni who love the school and hold it dear to their hearts,” says Director of Alumni, Martha Steed. “Randy is definitely at the top of that list.”