Posted - October 3, 2011
Scott Wolland, Erin Knobloch Named Top Young Alumni at Eureka College
Scott Wolland of Suffolk, Va., and Erin Knobloch of Reynosa, Mexico, were named recipients of Eureka College Outstanding Young Alumni Awards during college homecoming activities Oct. 1.
The annual awards are given to alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and who have shown outstanding commitment to their professions, communities, churches and alma mater, according to Shellie Schwanke, director of alumni relations.
Wolland, formerly of Congerville, graduated in 1996 with a degree in social science and philosophy and religion with summa cum laude honors. He was president of the student body and received the Man of the Year Award his senior year. He has served two terms on the Eureka College Alumni Board of Directors.
Wolland received master’s degrees from American University and Fordham University. He is an international port security specialist with the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. He has led teams to ensure the effectiveness of security and antiterrorism measures in foreign ports in more than 25 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In 2007 he received the Coast Guard Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for enhancing maritime security in the United States. In addition to his Coast Guard civilian position, Wolland has been an enlisted member and commissioned officer in the Coast Guard Reserve for more than 18 years. He has received numerous Coast Guard and Homeland Security awards, including the 2001 Reserve Officer Association Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year for the Eighth Coast Guard District.
Wolland is married to Eureka College alumna Jessica Cowper, formerly of Tremont. The couple has five children.
Knobloch, formerly of Alvord, Iowa, graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish with summa cum laude honors. She was a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and International Club.
Knobloch is the administrator at two schools for the deaf in Reynosa and Rio Bravo. She formerly taught English at Universidad del Noreste in Rio Bravo. She has coordinated volunteers for projects that benefit the underserved, including establishing a Ronald McDonald House at a local hospital, dining halls and kitchens for schools and a community center in a rural village. She has organized vacation Bible schools and medical mission trips to several cities. She has worked with the Mexican government social services agency on various projects, in securing visas for U.S. citizens working in Mexico and in obtaining permits for importing equipment and supplies for use in humanitarian labor.
For more information about the college’s alumni awards, contact Schwanke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 467-6316.
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