Alumni Couple Rescue a Bit of E&H History

Posted by Monica Hoel
Matt (E&H ’03) and Stephanie Armbrister (E&H ’02) Strutner (Knoxville, TN) snagged a trophy from the jaws of obscurity.

When a WWII era sports trophy with Emory & Henry’s name on it showed up on EBAY, the alumni office started getting flooded with messages.

Someone, everyone agreed, really ought to buy that trophy and return it to Emory & Henry. 

The problem was, of course, that the alumni office doesn’t really have an EBAY budget line. So fingers were crossed that someone might save the day.

Shortly after the bidding ceased, there was a call on Monica Hoel’s cell phone (Monica is the Emory & Henry Alumni Director). It was Stephanie Armbrister Strutner saying, in brief, “We’ve got the trophy.”

Nothing else needed to be said. There’s a post on the Emory & Henry Alumni Group Facebook page where everyone who was once worried can now celebrate that the trophy is coming home. The award that could have ended up in the hands of strangers is now in the hands of a couple of thoughtful, fast-acting, E&H-loving alumni who snagged it at the auction with plans of returning it to campus soon.

When people ask why we think E&H alumni are different, and just a little more special, you can just tell them this story.

 

By the way, the trophy dates back to Emory & Henry’s days as a Navy training location (Navy V-12), and the inscription on the trophy is: 

Emory and Henry College
Navy V-12 Unit
Battalion Award
Most Outstanding Man
Term Ending October 1944
Wm. G. Fuqua

  • Matt ('03) and Stephanie Armbrister ('02) Strutner
    Matt ('03) and Stephanie Armbrister ('02) Strutner
“We’ve got the trophy.”
– Matt and Stephanie Armbrister Strutner

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