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Bodenheimer and Williamses Receive Appalachian’s Outstanding Service Award

boden.jpgFurman P. “Bodie” Bodenheimer of Greensboro, and Steve and Joanne Williams of Huntersville, have received the Outstanding Service Award from Appalachian State University’s Alumni Association.

will.jpgBodenheimer, a 1951 graduate, is chairman and CEO of Zickgraf Enterprises, a wood-flooring manufacturer in Franklin. He also is a retired brigadier general with the N.C. Army National Guard.

Bodenheimer has been involved in almost every phase of volunteerism at the university for more than three decades. He was elected president of the Appalachian Alumni Association in 1965. Working with President W.H. Plemmons and Ed Broyhill, Bodenheimer helped raise $100,000 in seed money for creation of the Broyhill Continuing Education Center, now known as the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

He has served on the university’s Board of Trustees, including a term as chairman, been a member of the UNC Board of Governors, president of the Yosef Advisory Board, and member of the ASU Foundation Board of Directors.

Bodenheimer also served on the search committee that recommended Dr. Herbert Wey as president.

In 1972, he received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

An avid supporter of Appalachian athletics, Bodenheimer used his energy, counsel and leadership to help the athletics team raise more contributions than any other group during the university’s National Alumni, Parents and Friends Campaign, part of the “Campaign for the Second Century” fundraising effort.

During his term as Yosef Board president, the Bodenheimer Challenge generated more than $200,000 for Yosef scholarships. Through the years, Bodenheimer and his wife Margy created or helped create 11 scholarship and support endowments, naming many in honor of classmates and friends.

Steve and Joanne Williams are a constant presence at Appalachian Alumni activities.

Steve Williams, a 1969 graduate, has provided leadership to the university for 30 years as a member of the Yosef Club. He has been a member of the alumni council for 12 years. Within each organization he has held leadership roles, including president, vice president and secretary.

He currently is serving a three-year term on the Walker College of Business Advisory Council.

Together, Steve and Joanne Williams have established endowed scholarships and unrestricted endowments to assist athletics, the university’s marching band, the Walker College of Business and the Alumni Association.

They are members of the university’s Centennial Legacy Society and the Benevolent Society, and have been founding donors of several scholarships. The couple also has been Homecoming dance patrons.

As members of the Mountaineer Volunteer Program, the Williamses promote the university to prospective students and others. They are active in the Mecklenburg Area Alumni Chapter.

In addition to their service to Appalachian, Steve and Joanne Williams are active in their community. They have served on the Symphony Guild of Charlotte Board of Directors, and as members of the ASID Designer House Committee, Charlotte Youth Symphony Committee and Symphony Young Artist’s Committee. They also have been volunteers for Special Olympics and Senior Olympics, United Way, and the Nevins Center, a sheltered workshop for handicapped adults.

Steve Williams retired from Broyhill Furniture Industries after 29 years as a sales representative.

Joanne Williams retired from BellSouth Telecommunications after 33 years of service. She was a court order specialist, serving as the liaison between BellSouth and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.


First Picture Caption: Bodie Bodenheimer
Second Picture Caption: Jeanne and Steve Williams