Professor Recognized for Work with the Drifters, Inc.

 Irene Eskridge, instructor of education and assistant director of education graduate programs, recently received the “Now Black Woman Award” at the 56th Annual Drifters Convention in Orlando, Fl.

Eskridge received the award for her outstanding Drifter involvement/activities, attendance, Drifter conventions and contributions to education, local community, civic and religious involvement. She is also the immediate national past president for the organization. During her four years as president, Eskridge built the organization by adding three new chapters, creating a website and increasing scholarships for women.

The Drifters, Inc. is a group of women from all over the country with unique charitable, civic and social involvement in their communities. The sisters involved volunteer in programs throughout the country such as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian ad Litem), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, and Volunteer and Mentoring Initiatives in School Districts within their chosen communities, to name a few.

The organization started in Waco, Texas, in 1954. Currently there are 32 Chapters throughout the United States including one in South Bend, Ind. For more information about The Drifters, Inc., visit

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.