Two Ottawa University alumni and a long-time faculty member were honored Friday, October 26, during the annual Alumni Awards Banquet in the Mowbray Union Dining Commons.
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Stephen Tybor III ‘84
The Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals or couples who have demonstrated exceptional service in the church and/or community over a span of time, was awarded to Stephen Tybor III. Though he was unable to attend the Awards banquet, he sent an acceptance video that was played at the event (click below to view).
Tybor has been with Heartland Siding for more than 16 years, becoming vice president and business unit manager of the company in 2009. Tybor was raised in Buffalo, New York, before coming to Ottawa University, where he was active on the Braves football and track teams. He also assisted with broadcasts on the campus radio station, KTJO, and was director of intramural athletics. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Ottawa University in 1984.
Beyond his job, Tybor’s most important accomplishment has been the founding of a non-profit disaster relief organization with his father in 2005. Eight Days of Hope is a Christian volunteer organization that makes trips throughout the country to restore homes, lives and hope to those who have been devastated by natural disasters. To date, the organization has rebuilt more than 1,350 homes and donated more than $14 million in labor in five states for people affected by such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Irene. The last event, in North Carolina, had 1,685 volunteers who helped rebuild 127 homes in just eight days (www.eightdaysofhope.com).
In 2006, Tybor was presented the “Man of the Year” award from American Family Radio. He also received the Jefferson Award in 2007, which recognizes volunteers who make a difference in their communities, workplaces and schools. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour named Eight Days of Hope the volunteer organization of the year in 2007. The organization has also been featured in USA Today, on Fox News and the Weather Channel.
Tybor and his wife, Charmaine, have three children, Stephen IV, Zachary and Hannah. The family resides in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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