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 award honors those alumni who have distinguished themselves and simultaneously brought honor to the University and the Alumni Association. These awards recognize 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.
Patton graduated from CBU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She is the co-owner and Vice President of Roadshow BMW/MINI located in Cordova, Tennessee. She is a graduate and active member of the Dealership Academy of the National Automotive Dealers Association. Patton serves on the CBU Board of Trustees, as well as the boards of The Orpheum Theatre and The Memphis Child Advocacy Center. The Girl Scouts of the USA is also a recipient of her volunteer time. A strong believer in giving back to her community, she graduated from Leadership Memphis in 2010 and continues her volunteer work to make Memphis a “City of Choice.”
Keough earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from CBU in 1960 and began his career in engineering at Kellogg Switching (ITT Kellogg). Over his career, Keough worked as a circuit design engineer involved with communications on minuteman missile sites, a sales engineer with Texas Instruments, and was co-founder of Oasis Sales which had offices in Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis. The company represented product lines such as Altera, Bourns, Potter & Brumfield and 3M. After retiring from Oasis Sales, Keough represented Triquint Semiconductor at Motorola until 2000. Keough and his wife are the parents of eight sons, four of whom graduated from CBU.
The awards will be given during the annual CBU Alumni Weekend, October 1-3, 2010. This year’s Alumni Weekend is celebrating reunions for the graduating classes ending in “0” and “5” as well as the Honors Program Alums, Mu Epsilon Chapter of AKA, WAMS/TKEs from 1990-1993, the 30th anniversary of the Pi Epsilon Chapter of TKE and the 25th anniversary of the IOTA XI Chapter of ZTA.