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Pauline S. Mullen

Pauline Mullen

For virtually all of her marriage, homemaking was Pauline's daily craft and calling. She was busy in the lovely brick ranch that she and her late husband, Samuel, moved into decades ago. Pauline serves the Lord as a member of First Christian Church where she volunteers on the finance committee.

Pauline's close friend and financial advisor, David (Dave) T. Owen III, a 1973 Malone graduate, knew that Pauline loved music and realized she needed to get out and enjoy the beauty around her. So Dave, a principal of Owen-Clair Financial Services, suggested they attend a student recital on campus. Mrs. Mullen was impressed with the students who glorified God through their musical gifts and pleased they were receiving a wonderful Christian educational experience.

Throughout the next few months, Pauline became more encouraged about this educational offering so close to her home. Attending concerts, dinners and lectures on campus, Mrs. Mullen continues to be excited about Malone students. Mrs. Mullen's encouragement and excitement for the students has turned into a desire to help students seek and achieve God's calling on their lives. With the help of Dave Owen and Office of Advancement personnel, Pauline generously established an endowed scholarship to help honors students.

Since then Pauline has added to her scholarship fund, The Pauline S. and Samuel H. Mullen Endowed Scholarship, by establishing and implementing estate planning vehicles that provide income and tax advantages to her. Because of Pauline's generous and thoughtful estate planning, increased financial aid will also be provided from her estate one day. Honors students receiving scholarship awards will mightily impact the world for Christ.

Joel Daniel Harris '04

Joel HarrisJoel, a Canton native and lifelong Quaker, served as a youth minister for his first eight years out of college. In the summer of 2012, Joel founded TomTod Ideas – which he describes as an incubator for middle school students centered on compassion and justice issues. (TomTod is short for “Tomorrow Today”).

“Middle school students are at the perfect intersection of passion and energy, and it’s often the first time that many are starting to explore their faith and what it means to engage with God,” says Joel, who is now working full-time at TomTod. “My hope is that TomTod will take middle school students’ ideas, connect them to mentors and communities willing to lend their expertise and resources, and empower them to launch their ideas into reality. When these ideas are launched, they empower the student, better the community, and encourage others to make a difference."

Joel remains active at Malone as a faithful financial donor, community worship service speaker, and founder of the student organization called be:justice, in which students explore justice issues on personal, local, national, and global levels.

“For me, seeking justice where I live has become a holistic process in which I keep thinking about all these pieces and parts of our lives and aligning them with my faith,” Joel says, adding that he feels a strong calling to the city of Canton. “I invest in areas that I care about – and am always thinking about the next area of my life that needs attention. I might be far from 'achieving' a compassionate lifestyle, but the point is to be on the journey. To me, that is what an activist lifestyle looks like – small, everyday choices.“

Betty Jewell

betty-jewellBetty Jewell was offering Malone students gifts of new Bibles at New Student Orientation when she learned of a trip being planned to a Cleveland Indians game later that week. Without hesitation, the spunky Oklahoman native decided she'd join them — never mind that she was more than 50 years their senior. Self-dubbed the "Wild West Lady," Jewell rode in the college van, bought the students hot dogs, cheered right along with them, and collected hugs as goodbyes. Jewell doesn't remember if the Indians won or lost that day, but treasures the community spirit built with the young men and women.

Energetic, sharp, and youthful despite her more than 90 years, she's eager to share her life stories with new friends and old: Jewell was reared in Tulsa, Okla., the daughter of a prominent attorney who had countless clients working in the oil industry.

Jewell enjoyed her own college experience — she majored in religion and minored in education at the University of Tulsa. During her college years, she met her future husband at Sunday School. The couple married and moved to North Canton for his job and soon became a family with three children. Betty began attending a Bible study in Canton that included then-president of Malone's wife, Catherine Cattell. That friendship developed into the Jewells desiring to help Malone. She and her husband began volunteering on various college committees, including what is now known as the Malone Associates. One of the main projects of the Malone Associates is to give Bibles to incoming first-year students.

"Students tell me how much they like having the same text as their classmates, and how they keep them forever," Jewell says. "I raise money for the Bibles and I get to help pass them out — I really enjoy that, and people enjoy giving money for it. I tell them $17 gets a student a Bible, so if they give me $1,700, they can put a Bible in 100 kids' hands. Whether people give enough for one Bible or 100, it's a wonderful thing."