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The College honored more than 20 alumni, a faculty member, and a student at its annual Alumni Volunteer Awards on Nov. 3 in Pfenning Alumni Center.
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Alumni Association awards and their recipients include:
Kidd Award. Presented to an alumna or alumnus who has earned distinction in their career without regard to service to the College. Named for Lafayette’s first graduate, George Washington Kidd, Class of 1836.
William Hayes ’71 P’97 P’00 is a recognized champion in the banking industry and a highly esteemed leader and innovator in the financial world. Chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Kish Bank and its parent company, Kish Bancorp, Inc., Hayes has presided over the remarkable growth and success of this financial giant for 35 years. The Pennsylvania Bankers Association awarded him the 2018 William S. Latoff Advocacy Award for being an outspoken and successful advocate for the industry.
Bell Award. Presented to an alumna or alumnus who has given distinguished service to the College or the association. Upon his retirement in 1968 as alumni secretary, the award was named for Joseph E. Bell ’28.
Michael Weisburger ’82 has been a longtime supporter of the College and was awarded the Clifton P. Mayfield Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1997. In 2012, he was recognized with the William G. Wilson Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed for service as part of the alumni admissions representative program. However, he is best known for a cross-country trip he took in 2014 with his wife, Jenny ’82, in a Lafayette-branded Airstream trailer. The goal of the trip was to galvanize Pards for the 150th Rivalry football game against Lehigh at Yankee Stadium. Weisburger’s father, Mark Weisburger ’55, was awarded the Bell Award in 2000.
Mayfield Award. 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.
Kelly Barrows Nguyen ’06 started volunteering in 2007 as an event chair for the NYC Alumni Chapter. She later served as treasurer and president for the chapter and is now a member of the Alumni Council, co-chairing the Chapters Committee.
Special Commendation Award. Presented to the member of the Lafayette community who has illustrated loyal commitment in supporting the goals of the College and Alumni Association.
Chas Snyder ’78 has been a member of the executive board of Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley for more than three decades. He currently serves as treasurer and plans several annual events including the Lehigh Valley IronPigs outing and Phantoms Hockey Night. He also keeps the Reunion Parade tradition alive as grand marshal, making sure classes line up where they should, have a flag, and stay on course. He is a former Mayfield Award winner, president and member of the Class of 1978 leadership committee, active in the pep band, an internship sponsor, Reunion volunteer, and member of the Friends of Lafayette Basketball committee.
Woodring Service Award. Recognizes the achievements of a long-term Alumni Association volunteer whose service is both dedicated and effective. Named for George T. Woodring, Class of 1919.
As former president of the Alumni Association, Lisa Kassel ’79 helped launch the Young Alumni Committee, built closer relationships with affinity groups and Alumni Council, created an Alumni Council e-newsletter, established a new tradition of awarding graduating seniors a gift at Commencement, and helped transform the class officer structure to one of teams to engage a greater number of alumni volunteers. Kassel is now serving on the College’s Board of Trustees and is part of an enthusiastic group planning the Class of 1979’s upcoming 40th reunion.
Woodring Volunteer of the Year Award. Recognizes an Alumni Association volunteer for outstanding leadership during the previous year.
Todd Wiltshire ’86
Greenip Award. Recognizes a currently active alumni chapter officer based on voluntary service achievements “over and above” his or her faithfully carrying out regular officer assignments. It honors the memory of William E. Greenip ’44, former Alumni Association secretary.
A longtime volunteer with the Washington, D.C., chapter, Kenneth Kligge ’00 stepped up as president in 2015. Under his leadership, the chapter has hosted a number of well-received events including monthly happy hours, Nationals games, D.C. United games, networking events, and the annual chapter dinner, which hosted President Alison Byerly in 2017.
Chapter of the Year Award. Recognizes an alumni chapter for providing quality and diverse events while cultivating the chapter’s leadership and promoting area alumni participation.
While small in number, the Phoenix chapter has steadily increased its programming, hosting a reception for President Byerly, multiple receptions with Scott Hummel, William Jeffers Director of the Engineering Division, and a biennial barbecue for geology and environmental geosciences professors Larry Malinconico and David Sunderlin and students who take their course in the Southwest. The chapter has been successful due to its executive team of Megan Goff Davidson ’96, Michael McClintock ’71, Bruce Miller ’63, Donald Robbins ’64, Robert Micera ’84, Steven Slonaker ’95, Kathyrn Gordon Taylor ’89, and Donald Wiltshire ’61.
Chapter Event Chair of the Year Award. Recognizes an individual who exudes leadership in the planning and execution of chapter events. He or she echoes a chapter’s commitment to promote a diverse array of events for alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
Paul Russoniello ’74 has helped revitalize the South Jersey Alumni Chapter. He and wife Susan ’76 helped organize a guided canoe tour of the N.J. Pinelands, a “Stay Connected” happy hour for local Pards to learn more about the Live Connected, Lead Change campaign, the annual Lafayette/Lehigh telecast party, and a faculty reception featuring Seo-Hyun Park, associate professor of government and law, who discussed relations between U.S. and North Korea.
Chapter Support Person of the Year Award. Recognizes an individual who continually strives to promote alumni activity and interaction within his or her respective chapter.
Amanda Scherb Grey ’13 is an integral member of the Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley Executive Committee and for the last two years has served as chair of its Young Alumni Task Force. Under her leadership last year, the task force established monthly happy hours as a way to connect younger alumni with each other and the College. The ugly sweater holiday party is now a signature event for the group. She also built and maintains the chapter’s Instagram page.
Hughes Correspondent Award. Recognizes an effective writer who exercises class leadership through the column and unifies classmates in support of the College. Named for Wilson Hughes ’38.
Nancy Telliho ’83 and Anne Marie D. Weeks ’83 took over as co-correspondents a few years ago, and their attention to the Class of 1983 helped unify classmates around their 35th reunion earlier this year.
Huhn Correspondent Award. Recognizes a correspondent who actively seeks out and includes in the column many classmates from diverse regions and walks of life. Named for Elmer Huhn ’24.
Michael Margello ’77
Wildstein Correspondent Award. Recognizes a long-time correspondent who is faithful and prompt in submitting positive, upbeat columns. Named for Bernard Wildstein ’35.
Michael L. Mouber ’69
AA Student Volunteer Service Award. 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.
Lauren Steinitz ’19
Daniel L. Golden ’34 Faculty Service Award. Recognizes faculty members for distinguished volunteer service to Lafayette through the Alumni Association and its organized alumni activities.
Mary Armstrong, Charles A. Dana Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and English, has played a key role in the formation of Lafayette Pride Network, Lafayette’s LGBTQ and allied alumni affinity group, and was instrumental in creation of the Queer Archives Project, dedicated to capturing and preserving the experiences of Lafayette’s LGBTQ community.
Gateway Career Center awards and their recipients include:
Lois and Neil Gagnon Award. Recognizes an individual for distinguished service to Gateway Career Center.
Charles F. Smith Jr. ’85
Externship Commitment Awards. Recognizes externship hosts with 10 years of participation.
Paula Roscioli ’87 and Steven Shankman ’77
Annual Fund awards and their recipients:
Lafayette College Fund Award. Honors the non-reunion class achieving the highest Lafayette College Fund total.
Class of 1979
Julius Naab, Class of 1919 Award. For the 50-Plus Club class with the highest rate of participation.
Class of 1957
Ernest G. Smith ’94 Award. Honors the class achieving the highest percentage of participation from the 11th through the 50th alumni class.
Class of 1968
Alumni admissions representative (AAR) awards and their recipients:
Barry McCarty Award. Recognizes an individual who, during the past year, has represented the College through the AAR program with outstanding dedication, reliability, and sensitivity. He or she has creatively and effectively introduced the “Spirit of Lafayette” to prospective students, their parents, and others interested in the College. Named after Barry McCarty, former dean of enrollment services.
Eugene M. Weitz ’83
AAR Geographic Outreach Award. Recognizes an AAR whose dedication and effectiveness during a period of a year or more have significantly improved Lafayette’s image and student-recruitment potential in an area outside the College’s traditional tri-state area.
Leonard Conte ’71
William G. Wilson Distinguished Service Award. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed for service to Lafayette through the AAR program. The recipient will have served with sustained distinction, effectively performing all expected duties during a period of several years or more. In addition, he or she will have demonstrated initiative and creativity, and will have inspired others through leadership and example.
Henry Ryder ’67