Max Webster is pursuing a bachelor's degree in marketing at Northern Kentucky University and was a cum laude graduate of Cincinnati State with an Associate's of Applied Business in Automotive Service Management. He is a decorated war veteran having served three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during his 10-year enlistment in the US Army. He also holds seven certifications in automobile and light truck repair under the Automotive Service Excellence program.
Max is a first generation auctioneer with three years experience in the auction industry. His training is through the Ohio Auction School which is operated by Mike Brandly, a nationally recognized auction leader. Max is currently apprenticing under Dave Lunsford and has called or participated in more than 200 auctions since starting in the auction industry. He is licensed in favor of the State of Ohio and bonded as outlined in Ohio Revised Code 4707.
Max achieved a major accomplishment in July 2013 when he won the Junior Division Ohio State Bid Calling Championship. After less than three weeks as a fully licensed professional auctioneer, his hard work and determination began paying off by winning this title.
Chris Hammann, a junior social work major at Northern Kentucky University, has been named the American Council on Education 2013 Adult Learner of the Year.
Hammann, 43, is a Marine Corps veteran of two military conflicts and is president of the NKU VETS student organization. A married father of three from Cincinnati, he also works full time as a heavy equipment operator at the university.
The Adult Learner of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an individual who has benefited academically or professionally from the use of ACE credit recommendations for workforce or military training. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding achievements in their community or workplace while successfully balancing the demands of family, career, and education.
“I don’t know if I am a role model for other adults, but I hope I am demonstrating that it is never too late to go after your dreams,” Hammann said. “Education has helped me see myself and the world around me with different eyes. Finishing my degree will allow me to help others realize their potential, and I am determined to cross the stage to accept my diploma.”
NKU President Geoffrey Mearns said students like Hammann are inspiring. “I am always impressed with how many competing responsibilities our post-traditional students can successfully manage,” Mearns said. “One of the things I enjoy most about our commencement ceremonies is the look of pride and accomplishment in their eyes as I shake their hands on stage. I look forward to seeing Chris up there.”
ACE's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) and Military Evaluations are forms of credit for prior learning that evaluate employers' workplace education and training programs and military courses and occupations and recommend college credit when that learning is college-level and appropriate to a student's field of study.
ACE CREDIT connects workplace learning and higher education by helping adults gain academic credit for courses and exams taken outside traditional degree programs. ACE's Military Programs provides a critical link between higher education and the U.S. Department of Defense, with many of our nation's military members gaining access to higher education as a direct result of this partnership.
“Chris exemplifies the qualities that this award sets out to honor: perseverance, the capacity to overcome great odds, and the ability to inspire others to set high postsecondary achievement goals,” said Cathy Sandeen, ACE vice president for education attainment and innovation. “Like so many nontraditional students, he successfully juggles extraordinary family and work responsibilities even as he strives to gain his degree.”
Hammann was presented with the award at the ACE 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego on March 11, 2014. He will also receive a $500 scholarship to help continue his education.