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2013 "O" Awards presented during Homecoming & Family Weekend

Posted: Nov 15, 2013


"Bob and Mark embody the ideals of the University, and have contributed to the Kingdom of God and the community at large.” — Dr. John C. Bowling, University president (Robert Sloan, center; Mark Hostetler, right)

Olivet’s Alumni Association recently honored two outstanding alumni by presenting them with the 2013 “O” Awards. Robert Sloan ’68 received the Lay “O” Award. Dr. Mark Hostetler ’72/’04 MCM/’04 DDIV received the Ministerial “O” Award. Begun in 1957, this is the highest honor that the University gives to its alumni. These awards were presented as part of the Homecoming & Family Weekend activities.

Robert Sloan (center in photo) served as president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital — part of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Health System and the hospital of distinction in Washington, D.C. — for 27 years. Recently retired, he continues to be active as a senior advisor to the Johns Hopkins Health System, and with the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation and the new Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation. He is also a member of the CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors.

From 1968 to 1972, he served with distinction as a captain in the U.S. Army. His career in health care began in 1973 with his position as an assistant administrator at Prince George’s Hospital and Medical Center. In 1978, he joined Columbia Hospital for Women and Medical Center, Inc. as executive vice president.

He and his wife, Janet, are the parents of three children and have five grandchildren. Their daughter, Sherri (Sloan) Bohinc, graduated from Olivet in 1996.

Dr. Mark Hostetler (right in photo) became senior pastor of Grace Church of the Nazarene, Portage, Ind., in 1973 and still pastors that congregation today. In his more than 40 years at Grace, he has given leadership to a growing and healthy congregation that has a global reach.

Denominationally, he has been a member of Olivet’s Board of Trustees since 1983, secretary of the Board of Trustees since 1993, and a member of the Board’s Executive Committee for two decades. He has served as a delegate to the Church of the Nazarene’s General Assembly eight times. He has also served as the secretary of the Northwest Indiana District of the Church of the Nazarene since 1982.

He and his wife, Sharon (Koji), have a daughter, Jennifer, who is a 1997 Olivet graduate. Jennifer and her husband, Jason Hamilton, have two daughters.

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