Christian Brothers University (CBU) will honor Lieutenant Colonel John M. Verhage as the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus and Eric Criswell as the 2009 Distinguished Young Alumnus at the Inaugural Dinner and Alumni Celebration during Alumni Weekend 2009.
These awards honor alumni who have distinguished themselves and simultaneously brought honor to the University and the Alumni Association. Recipients are CBU graduates who have achieved a notable level of success in life, made significant contributions to their profession, supported the efforts of CBU, and contributed to society through public service and/or church activities.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award, CBU’s highest award, was established in 1974 and recognizes an alumnus who graduated more than 10 years prior to being nominated. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award was established in 1988 and recognizes an alumnus who graduated less than 10 years prior to being nominated.
Lt Colonel John M. Verhage (Civil Engineering ’90) was commissioned into the United States Air Force after graduation. He earned his Navigator wings in 1992, Air Battle Manager Wings in 2003 and has flown on numerous missions during combat operations. Currently, Verhage is the Director of Operations for the 128th Airborne Command and Control Squadron 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia where he is responsible for all flying operations, training and readiness for his squadron. Since commissioning, Verhage has been presented with 16 major awards and decorations, including a Bronze Star.
Eric Criswell, PE, SECB, CPESC (Civil Engineering ’99) is Vice President of Davis Patrikios Criswell, Inc. and President of DPC Construction, LLC. He is responsible for the design and project management of residential and commercial construction projects. Most recently, Criswell completed design and construction management of Justin Timberlake’s Mirimichi Golf Course in Millington, Tennessee, which was designed following LEED “green” standards. Criswell was named among the Memphis Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40″ in 2008, is youth pastor at Arlington Assembly of God and has served on mission trips to Belize. ###