At the annual Centre Associates Dinner, Centre College named Marylon Rogers “Meegie” Glass ‘63 the Richard W. Trollinger Centre Associate of the Year and Shannon Therese Knight ‘08 the Young Centre Associate of the Year. Glass and Knight were recognized at a ceremony at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville on Friday, Jan. 26.
Glass personifies the characteristics the Board of Trustees had in mind when establishing the Centre Associate of the Year Award in 1990 and renaming it in honor of Richard Trollinger, senior philanthropy advisor, last year.
Centre students seeking to understand what President John A. Roush means when he talks about their College preparing them for “lives of work and service” would do well to look to Glass as a model, although they might find themselves exhausted by that pursuit.
As a student at Centre, Glass took full advantage of every opportunity the College offered. She was a Dean’s List student, graduating in 1963 with a degree in history. She participated in a number of student organizations, holding leadership positions in most of them. Most importantly, Glass developed lifelong friendships that she has nurtured throughout the years, including a special group of classmates known as the “Ladies of the Lake” for their annual reunions at Herrington Lake.
Glass’s active engagement with Centre actually seemed to gain momentum at graduation. She has made a gift to Centre every year and has encouraged others to join her in supporting the College as a class agent, as a reunion committee member and as a member of the Memphis leadership committee for numerous capital campaigns, including the current Third Century Campaign.
In addition to her long membership in the Centre Associates, Glass is a member of the Lewis W. Green Lifetime Giving Society and the Heritage Society for individuals who have included Centre in their estate plans. Additionally, she has served on the Scholarship Committee of the Lon and Jessie Rogers Educational Trust, which has provided millions of dollars in financial aid to needy and worthy Kentucky students at Centre, Pikeville and Lindsey Wilson, with preference given to students from Muhlenberg, Ohio and Pike counties.
Glass has championed causes on behalf of numerous organizations in her adopted hometown of Memphis and in Highlands, North Carolina, where she spends summers. Among the long list of organizations that have benefited from her personal leadership and philanthropy are Christ United Methodist Church, Les Passees (a service organization for victims of cerebral palsy), the United Way, the Germantown Charity Horse Show, the Suburban Garden Club of Germantown, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Colonial Dames and the Highlands Falls Neighborhood Association.
Centre established the Young Centre Associate of the Year Award in 2008 to recognize a Centre Associate who distinguished themselves in their career, civic life and service to the College in the first 10 years following graduation.
Knight came to Centre in the fall of 2004 after graduating from Meade County High School in Brandenburg, Kentucky. As a student, she excelled in many facets of campus life and made important contributions to the Centre community. She was a double major in international studies and government. She was active in CARE (Centre Action Reaches Everyone), Centre Republicans, the Colonels Corps and the Law Society. Knight served as historian and as recruitment chair for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and as service coordinator for Centre Catholic Community, as well as captain of the cheerleading squad. She was selected for membership in the Order of Omega for leadership in the Greek community.
Following Centre, Knight pursued the study of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. While in law school, she completed a judicial externship with Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was a member of the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society, and as a teaching assistant, she served first-year law students in property and legal writing courses.
After graduating cum laude, she joined the Chicago firm of Chapman Spingola, LLP as an associate in the commercial and intellectual property litigation practices. She was promoted to partner after working with the firm for less than five years. Knight has represented individuals, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of business and intellectual property-related disputes around the country, primarily in the federal and state courts in Chicago and in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Knight has distinguished herself in service to her alma mater and to her community. She currently serves on the Centre College Alumni Association Board of Directors. She volunteers her time to assist current students at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and she has served on the Joffrey Ballet Auxiliary Board.
by Centre College News
January 31, 2018