GU To Honor Wilson, Smarrella, and Cobb at Homecoming

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Greenville University has announced the winners of its 2019 Alumni Awards. This year’s honors to go Distinguished Alumna Carol Wilson ‘81 of Scurry, Texas, Loyalty Awardee Tony Smarrella ’88 of Danville, Indiana, and Outstanding Young Alumnus Aaron D. Cobb ’01 of Pike Road, Alabama.

The University will formally recognize these honorees during a Homecoming chapel service Friday, October 18, at 9:30 a.m. in Whitlock Music Center. The public is invited.

Carol WilsonDistinguished Alumna Carol Wilson ’81

Carol practices family law in Dallas, Texas. 2017 and 2018 were banner years for Carol. Best Lawyers in America included her in its most recent Best Lawyers in America listing, and D Magazine included her among its 2018 Best Lawyers in Dallas. She was named a Texas Super Lawyer for the seventh consecutive year and the ninth time overall. Wilson is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has been active in politics to educate the public about national issues. Carol has served on her local school board and in church leadership positions. After graduating from Greenville U, she earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Carol and her husband Al also train show horses at their horse boarding facility in Scurry, Texas. Their horses frequently win prizes for showmanship.

Aaron CobbOutstanding Young Alumnus Aaron Cobb ‘01

Aaron is an associate professor of English and philosophy at Auburn University (Montgomery, Alabama). His research and publications explore issues of ethics, epistemology, and perinatal palliative care.

His book Loving Samuel: Suffering, Dependence, and the Calling of Love, examines grief, faith, and the human condition. In it, Aaron tells the story of losing his son Samuel shortly after birth. Aaron contributed reflections on this topic to Christianity Today’s “Thin Places Blog.� He further explores issues of grief on his personal blog.

He received Auburn University’s 2015 Distinguished Emerging Professor Award and grants from the Moral Beacons project (Wake Forest University) and Forum Humanum Claremont Conference (Claremont Graduate University). Aaron and his family remain active in their local church. Aaron’s travels include speaking engagements where he delivers a message of hope. 


Tony SmarrellaDr. Gene A. Kamp Loyalty Awardee Tony Smarrella ’88

Tony demonstrates his commitment to Greenville University through academic contributions. He created the curriculum for four courses within the Briner School of Business online program and has plans to develop an additional four courses. He has also taught classes for GU on entrepreneurship. He assists the Briner School’s Experience First program and serves on the Briner Advisory Board, visiting GU frequently to carry out these responsibilities.

Tony taught biology for 14 years before deciding to pursue opportunities in consulting. He currently owns Smarrella Consulting. He has attended the West Side Church of the Nazarene in Danville, Indiana, for 27 years, serving in various leadership and teaching roles.

This story was published on September 30, 2019