Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association announces Outstanding Graduates

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Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association announces Outstanding Graduates

Northwestern Foundation Release

The Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association will recognize five Outstanding Graduates during the annual Spring Reunion Banquet on Saturday, April 25, at 6 p.m.

The honored alumni include: Joshua Holland, class of 2004, Arts category; Connie Sturgeon-Hart, class of 1986, Business/Professional category; Dr. William Pride, class of 1965, Education category; Thelma Crouch, class of 1960, Ranger Spirit category; and F. Browning Pipestem, class of 1965, Humanitarian category. Pipestem died in 1999, and his family will be in attendance to accept this award.

For more information, contact John Allen, director of alumni relations, at 580-327-8594 or

Joshua Holland
Outstanding Graduate, Arts

Joshua HollandJoshua Holland, originally from Chandler, Okla., graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication in 2004.

While a student at Northwestern, Holland was a member of the Ranger basketball team and won the title of “Mr. Cinderfella."

Today, Holland is a nationally certified, accomplished celebrity trainer, health coach and fitness expert. He has worked with Tracy Anderson Studios and trained many notable people in the worlds of business, fashion and entertainment, including Olympic athletes and Madonna. He danced in Madonna’s ‘Celebration’ music video and performed with her in The Super Bowl Halftime show in 2012.

Holland signed a clothing deal with Armani EA7, as well as business deals with Essentia, Skype and Microsoft to help promote fitness and health technology. He has been featured in various magazines and online publications.

As a co-founder of Zoomtion Fitness, Holland leads an elite team of trainers at The Core Club, The Carlyle and Trump SoHo in New York.

Holland currently resides in New York City.

Connie Sturgeon-Hart
Outstanding Graduate, Business/Professional

Connie Sturgeon-HartOriginally from Woodward, Connie Sturgeon-Hart graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1986.

While at Northwestern, Sturgeon-Hart was active in the Cardinal Key Honor Society and Ranger Band.

For 28 years, Sturgeon-Hart has owned and operated a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Enid. She won the Symbol of Success Award for sales increase in 2004, 2011 and 2012, as well as numerous marketing awards within Chick-fil-A on state and national levels.

Sturgeon-Hart was awarded the Enid Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 2014, Enid Education Association Partner of Education Award and the Governor’s Award of Excellence. She is a member on several advisory boards, including 4RKids, Visit Enid, Culinary Arts at Autry Technology Center, and serves as the trustee/secretary of the Memorial Park Cemetery Board. Sturgeon-Hart is a Sunday school teacher and plays the French horn in the Emmanuel Baptist Church’s orchestra.

Sturgeon-Hart and her husband, Steve, live in Enid.

William Pride, Ph.D.
Outstanding Graduate, Education

William Pride, Ph.D.A native of Alva, Dr. William Pride attended Alva High School and graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business and Economics in 1965. He went on to receive his MBA from Oklahoma State University in 1967, and completed his Ph. D. in 1972 from Louisiana State University. While at Northwestern, Pride was a member of the Student Senate and Wesley Foundation.

Pride has taught at Oklahoma State University, Louisiana State University, Illinois State University and Texas A&M University, where he currently works as a professor of marketing. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Wisconsin and Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He taught numerous undergraduate and graduate marketing courses, including Basic Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Promotion Strategy, Integrated Marketing Communication and Marketing Theory.

Pride is co-author of numerous publications, including the textbook, Principles of Marketing and Introduction to Business.

Pride resides in Bryan, Texas, with his wife, Nancy.

F. Browning Pipestem
Outstanding Graduate, Humanitarian

F. Browning PipestemA native of Fairfax, F. Browning Pipestem graduated from Northwestern in 1965. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1968, and started his law practice in Norman in 1974.

While at Northwestern, Pipestem wore the number 86 on the Ranger football team. Pipestem was an outstanding college athlete and was recruited by professional football teams, only to have his football career cut short when injured at training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Pipestem, who passed away in 1999, used his law degree to become a noted attorney, judge and lecturer to advocate for Native Americans for 31 years. He served as chief justice for the supreme court of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, as well as a justice for the Citizens Band Potawatomi Tribe of Oklahoma and the Kaw Nation.

Pipestem received numerous awards for his passion on defending tribal sovereignty and contributions to the legal profession. In 1999, Pipestem was awarded the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association.
Pipestem’s wife, Sharon, passed away in 2012. They are survived by their three children and two grandchildren.

Thelma McMurphy Crouch
Outstanding Graduate, Ranger Spirit

Thelma CrouchThelma McMurphy Crouch, a lifelong native of Alva, graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1960. Crouch furthered her education at Northwestern by receiving her Master of Education degree in 1994.

Crouch worked at Northwestern in many positions, including alumni director (1979-1985); career services secretary (1985-1993); career services director (1993-2000); and financial aid appeals director (1993-2000). She also served as coordinator of ADA (1995-2000) and was a member of OkACE, NACE and SWACE. Her two children joined her in the ranger family and graduated from Northwestern.

While an employee at Northwestern, Crouch was awarded the Oklahoma Association of Colleges and Employers (OkACE) College Member of the Year Award in 1998, the OkACE Secretary/Treasurer (1996-1998) and established the Staff Employee of the Year Award in 2000. Since 2001, Crouch is now the office manager at Marshall Funeral Home of Alva and Waynoka.

In addition to her career, Crouch is well-known for her involvement in the Alva community. She is an active member of Alva First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Daughters of the American Revolution, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association, and a 48-year member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She also served as secretary of Alva Centennial Commission from 1983-1994.

Crouch and her husband, Allen, live in Alva.