Midland University will honor several alumni along with contributors to the university as part of its 2022 Homecoming celebration September 23-25.
The Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five new members during a ceremony Friday, September 23rd at the Fremont Golf Club. Those inducted for outstanding achievements are Virgie Bullie ‘x88, Whit Smith ‘08, Rich Ray ‘10, Doug Harrington ‘91, and Erin McCarthy ‘12.
Along with the new inductees, the winners of the Petrow and Bracker Awards for Outstanding Male and Female athletes for the 2021-22 season will also be honored. Miguel Abete (Men’s Tennis) will be recognized as the Petrow Award Winner while the Bracker Award recipient will be Ally Conybear (Women’s Hockey).
On Sunday, September 25th, the Alumni & Legacy Banquet will be held at the Fremont Golf Club and will recognize alumni, a distinguished family, and a key contributor to the Midland community.
Judge Mike Pirtle ‘75, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Pirtle has been a judge with the Nebraska Court of Appeals, 2nd Judicial District, for 11 years. In 2020, he was appointed a Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Prior to his time behind the bench, Pirtle spent 33 years as an attorney.
Dr. Dani Wooldrik ‘08, will be honored as the Outstanding Young Alumni. Dr. Wooldrik has spent the past five years as a Sports Medicine Physician at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
The Bonderson Family is being recognized with the Distinguished Midland Family Award. Their ties to Midland go back a hundred years with four generations and 16 members of the Bonderson family attending Midland.
Midland is proud to present a new award this year as Sid Dillon will receive the Impact Award for his contributions to the University. Sid Dillon Inc. has seven different auto dealerships in Nebraska, including two in Fremont. The Sid and Hazel Dillon Scholarship has provided a pathway for numerous students to attend Midland University.
Several other events are planned for the weekend for both alumni and community members. For a complete list of events, visit the Homecoming 2022 page.