The BGSU Alumni Association will honor Dr. J. Christopher Dalton, the University’s senior vice president for finance and administration; Kristin Nelson of Dayton, and Edward Limbach of Aurora at its annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday (Sept. 30).
Dalton, of Bowling Green, will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award. The award is presented to a non-graduate of the University whose efforts have significantly contributed to the progress and development of the institution.
Dr. J. Christopher Dalton
Dalton joined BGSU in 1977 as an associate professor of chemistry and was promoted to professor in 1983. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate in chemistry from Columbia University.
While a faculty member, Dalton was presented a Distinguished Faculty Service Award and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. In 1987, he was appointed vice president for planning and budgeting, a position that has changed titles and responsibilities several times. In his current position since 1999, he and his office provide oversight for 21 units on campus.
Dalton has devoted countless hours working for the betterment of BGSU, whether planning capital projects, working out financing for various projects, consulting with directors, or providing advice and counsel to students and faculty. He has a long history of supporting athletic, cultural and other events, and giving generously through the BGSU Foundation.
Off campus, Dalton serves on the Inter-University Council of Business & Finance Officers and the State Share of Instruction Consultation. He is also a long-standing member of Town & Gown, a discussion group involving BGSU and Bowling Green city representatives.
Nelson, a 1992 graduate who works as a juvenile parole officer in Dayton, will receive the Recent Graduate Award for her commitment to civic involvement and participation in University and alumni association activities.
She started her career as a juvenile corrections officer with the Department of Youth Services at Maumee Youth Center, where she was promoted to social worker before leaving in 1998. In her current position, she works with felony offenders between the ages of 12 and 21, helping to reintegrate them into their communities.
Her activities within the University community include serving as alumni chapter leader in Dayton and as a member of the chapter’s scholarship committee. Nelson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, is one of the University’s top volunteers for rallying alumni support and hosting chapter events. As a student, she was a member of the Criminal Justice Organization and Alpha Phi social sorority. She continues to help the sorority as operations and program coordinator.
Limbach will receive the Alumni Service Award, which recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the betterment of the alumni association.
The 1961 business administration graduate has served on the BGSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and its executive committee. After graduating from BGSU, Limbach was commissioned a regular officer in the Army, where he served for more than three years before joining the American Water Works Company in 1964. During his 33 years with the company, he earned numerous honors for his work. He was vice president of the parent company when he retired.
Limbach is a board member and past affiliate president for the Portage County Habitat for Humanity. In his community, he has also been a member of Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and involved with Junior Achievement, the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and the Salvation Army. He served on his church’s stewardship committee and was chair of the stewardship campaign.
A reception for the honorees will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The cost to attend the Alumni Awards dinner is $25 per person. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 419-372-2701.