On Saturday, Sept. 27, alumni, alumni groups, a faculty member, and a current student were recognized at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and reception in Wilson Room, Pfenning Alumni Center.
Alvin Yearwood ’83, judge in the New York City Criminal Court and acting Bronx County Supreme Court justice, received the Kidd Award for distinction in his career. He has worked in New York’s criminal justice system for 24 years, serving more than a decade as a judge.
Outside of the courtroom, Yearwood mentors young men and women, is a member and past president of the Black Bar Association of Bronx County and member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also serves on the board of Union Community Health Center in the Bronx.
At Lafayette, Yearwood has been involved as a mentor and internship sponsor through Career Services and is a member of McDonogh Network steering committee. An international affairs graduate, he received his law degree from Boston University.
The award is named for Lafayette’s first graduate, George Washington Kidd, Class of 1836.
The Bell Award was presented to Barb Levy ’77 for distinguished service to the College. A member of the Board of Trustees since 1998, she is currently serving as chair of the Rivalry 150/Celebrate Lafayette in New York task force and vice chair of the capital campaign. She was chair of the Committee on Student Life from 2007 to 2013, co-chair of the Working Group on Greek Life, and chair of the inauguration committee for the College’s 17th president, Alison Byerly.
A founding member of Women in Leadership at Lafayette (now Council of Lafayette Women), Levy has also served on Alumni Council and Lafayette Leadership Council. She is president of her class and previously served as reunion chair.
Her husband, Joe Hollander, has been an active partner in Lafayette activities with Levy. The impact of their support was recognized in 2008 when they were inducted into the Société d’Honneur. Their daughters are Rachel Hollander ’11 and Alyssa Hollander ’14.
A psychology major, Levy is retired executive vice president of Ross Stories, Inc. As a student she was president of the Psychology Club, head resident adviser, and a leader in Hillel Society.
The award is named in honor of Joseph E. Bell ’28, who retired as alumni secretary in 1968.
Other Alumni Association awards and their recipients include:
MAYFIELD AWARD: Michael DeLisi ’03
Presented to a member or members of one of the 15 latest classes in recognition of outstanding service to the College or Association. Named for Clifton P. Mayfield, Class of 1909.
WOODRING SERVICE AWARD: William Tucker ’81
Recognizes the achievements of a long-term Alumni Association volunteer whose service is both dedicated and effective. Named for George T. Woodring ’19.
WOODRING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Dave Reif ’68
Recognizes an Alumni Association volunteer for outstanding leadership during the previous year.
GREENIP AWARD: Ellen Poriles Weiler ’83
Recognizes a currently active alumni chapter officer based on voluntary service achievements over and above the faithful carrying out of regular officer assignments. Honors the memory of William E. Greenip ’44, former Alumni Association Secretary.
CHAPTER OF THE YEAR AWARD: New Jersey
Recognizes an alumni chapter for providing quality and diverse events while cultivating the chapter’s leadership and promoting area alumni participation. Accepted by Carrie Baker Neigel ’02, Robert J. Young ’77, Barbara Tucker ’84, Henry Ryder ’67.
CHAPTER EVENT CHAIRPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD: Carrie Baker Neigel ’02
Recognizes an individual that exudes leadership in the planning and execution of chapter events and echoes a chapter’s commitment to promote a diverse array of events for alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
CHAPTER SUPPORT PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD: Stephanie Stawicki ’04 Recognizes an individual who continually strives to promote alumni activity and interaction within his or her respective chapter.
HUGHES CORRESPONDENT AWARD: John Gilbert ’55
Recognizes an effective writer who exercises class leadership through the column and unifies classmates in support of the College. Named for Wilson E. Hughes ’38.
HUHN CORRESPONDENT AWARD: Michael Stillman ’63, Frederick Day ’63
Recognizes a correspondent who actively seeks out and includes in the column many classmates from diverse regions and walks of life. Named for Elmer E. Huhn ’24.
WILDSTEIN CORRESPONDENT AWARD: John Cornish ’51
Recognizes a long-time correspondent who is faithful and prompt in submitting positive, upbeat columns. Named for Bernard S. Wildstein ’35.
AA STUDENT VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD: Cory Spera ’15
Recognizes a current student who, through his or her volunteer efforts in the broader community beyond the College, has demonstrated compassion, energy, and ingenuity in serving others.
AA SPECIAL COMMENDATION: Kevin Canavan ’76
Presented to a member(s) of the Lafayette community for illustrating loyal commitment in supporting the goals of the College and Alumni Association.
DANIEL L. GOLDEN ’34 FACULTY SERVICE AWARD: Scott Hummel, Jeffers Director of Engineering Division and professor of mechanical engineering
Recognizes faculty members for distinguished volunteer service to Lafayette College through the Lafayette College Alumni Association and its organized alumni activities.
Career Services awards and their recipients include:
LOIS AND NEIL GAGNON AWARD: Patrick Kelly ’88
Recognizes an alumna or alumnus for distinguished service to the Career Services Office in assisting Lafayette students in career exploration.
EXTERNSHIP COMMITMENT AWARDS: Mary Stengel Austen ’86, John Gassner ’88, Joseph Lane ’73, Danielle DeVita McWilliams ’04
Recognizes externship hosts with 10 years of participation.
Annual Fund awards and their recipients:
JOSEPH T. LOSEE ’94 AWARD: Class of 1984 – David Schwager ’84
Presented to the reunion year class achieving the highest Lafayette College Fund total.
LAFAYETTE COLLEGE FUND AWARD: Class of 1978 – John Broderick ’78
Honors the non-reunion class achieving the highest Lafayette College Fund total.
JULIUS NAAB ’19 AWARD: Class of 1960 – Alden Siegel ’60, Lauritz Knudsen ’60
For the 50-Plus Club class with the highest rate of participation.
ERNEST G. SMITH ’94 AWARD: Class of 1964 – Jeffrey Brown ’64
Honors the class achieving the highest percentage of participation from the 11th through the 50th alumni class.
ROBERT WHITMER 1885 AWARD: Class of 2009 – Sarah Maxwell Mason ’09
For the young alumni class achieving the highest percentage of participation.
Alumni Admissions Representative awards and their recipients:
NEW AAR OF THE YEAR AWARD: Asa Puckette ’13, Danielle Seger ’06
Recognizes a first-year AAR who has, during that initial period, served the College with extraordinary enthusiasm, commitment, and skill.
BARRY McCARTY AAR OF THE YEAR AWARD: Tracy Hagert Sutka ’82
Recognizes an individual who, during the past year, has represented the College through the AAR program with outstanding dedication, reliability, and sensitivity; has creatively and effectively introduced the “Spirit of Lafayette” to prospective students, their parents, and others interested in the College. Named for Barry W. McCarty, former dean of enrollment services.
AAR GEOGRAPHIC OUTREACH AWARD: George Rossmann ’62
Recognizes an AAR member whose dedication and effectiveness during a period of a year or more has significantly improved Lafayette’s image and student recruitment potential in an area outside the College’s traditional tri-state area.
WILLIAM G. WILSON DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: Patricia Winkler Schor ’82
The highest honor bestowed for service through the AAR program including effectively performing all expected duties for several years or more, demonstrating initiative and creativity, and inspiring others through leadership and example.