John Feltman to receive MVNU Zelkowitz Award for service
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University, proud community partner for the Knox County Food For The Hungry (FFTH) drive, will present the 2016 Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award to John Feltman of Mount Vernon on Saturday, Dec. 10, at City Hall during the annual FFTH live broadcast.
For 35 years, FFTH has grown and thrived because of the efforts of many volunteers who give their time and talent to support Interchurch, The Salvation Army and other local agencies who support community members in their time of need.
In 1995, MVNU launched the Zelkowitz Memorial Award to honor one of the drive's early leaders, the late Stephen Zelkowitz, owner of WMVO/WQIO and Mt. Vernon Cablevision. The award recognizes Knox County residents who have made community service, especially Food For The Hungry, a priority in their lives.
This year's recipient has been instrumental in the continuing commitment of the Knox County Career Center (KCCC) to FFTH. As KCCC Principal, Mr. Feltman works with students, teachers and staff to raise food and money through a student drive and two auctions. The online auction highlights services from the KCCC lab, while the live auction of themed baskets features many community businesses and organizations.
"We are thrilled to present John with this year's Zelkowitz award," said Joe Rinehart, MVNU's Director of Broadcasting and FFTH board president. "His commitment to the FFTH mission and our board is exemplary. As an educator, I appreciate and honor John's passion to introduce high school students to the concepts of giving back and engaged citizenship."
Feltman is a graduate of Mount Vernon Academy and completed his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts from Bowling Green State University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from MVNU and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Ashland University. John began his career as a teacher at Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho from 1976 to 1978, then returned to Knox County to teach at the Academy until 2004, serving three years as Vice-Principal. He joined the East Knox School District and KCCC in Career-Based Intervention in 2004, then became the Career Center's Principal in 2011.
Feltman's community involvement and service has also included his membership at the Mount Vernon Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
John and his wife, Karen, have been married for 42 years. They have one son, Kevin.
"Since my arrival to Knox County in 2014, I have seen John's commitment to FFTH through his encouragement of our students at the Career Center and through his relentlessness of gathering donations for the baskets," said Kathy Greenich, KCCC Superintendent. "His desire is to truly be a part of the FFTH team and to do his part of raising funds to end hunger in Knox County. I am thrilled to know that his dedication and servanthood are being honored with this award."
"John is very deserving of this award," said Matt Starr, past recipient and FFTH board vice-president. "His dedication and commitment is an example to the youth and adults that he represents at the Career Center."
"John is the type of person who will always step up when someone needs a helping hand," said Tracy Elliott, KCCC treasurer.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church.
MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.