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Moravian to Honor Six Distinguished  Alumni

Eric S. Ruskoski ’69, honored with the prestigious Comenius Award

Bethlehem, Pa., October 2, 2009— The Moravian College Alumni Association will honor six distinguished alumni at the 9th Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 16th at 7:15 pm in Peter Hall, located at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.  Eric S. Ruskoski ’69, Deer Park, Illinois, will be honored with the prestigious Comenius Award for lifetime achievement, specifically in pioneering and innovative developments in the field of “convenience closures” for the worldwide consumer product package industry work.

Ruskoski received his B.A. in English from Moravian College and did graduate work in English literature at the University of Maine.  He is now the president of AptarClosures, and an executive officer of AptarGroup, Inc., a Forbes 400 company, where he works in developing and manufacturing various types of dispensing closures and systems for global marketers of consumer products, such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, HJ Heinz, and L’Oreal.  The AptarClosures dispensing caps are produced by his company’s more than three thousand employees in thirteen plants worldwide.  Employed more than 37years in his chosen field), Ruskoski now finds his greatest challenge to be developing next generation multicultural leaders, adapting the organization to changing global market forces, and developing commercially successful product innovations.

Jaime L. Marks ’04, Newtown, Pa., will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which is given to a recent graduate for outstanding leadership and dedicated service to Moravian College.  Marks graduated summa cum laude with Honors in psychology from the college and received her master’s degree in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Since graduation, she continues to aid Moravian as a member of the Alumni Board and serves as the chair of the newly established Lifelong Learning Committee.  This committee launches enriching educational activities for alumni and students.  Marks is employed as a senior associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she assists clients in the field of health care marketing.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award will be granted to Lisa Hahn Egan ’00 of Newton, N.J.  This award recognizes exceptional professional success in her chosen field.  Egan graduated magna cum laude from Moravian with a degree in clinical counseling psychology.  She earned her master’s at Drexel University and completed her Ph.D. in neuropsychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Following a clinical internship at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center she entered a postdoctoral fellowship program at Yale University’s Department of Neurosurgery, studying with several prestigious neuropsychologists. Egan maintains a private practice in Madison, New Jersey, while pursuing her board certification in clinical neuropsychology. She is committed to helping children with psychological problems and assists a young boy with special needs.

Monita Russick Leavitt ’71, Woodbury, Connecticut, will be honored with the Beninga Education Award for outstanding contribution to the field of education.  Leavitt received her B.A. in elementary education from Moravian and her M.S. in special education from Central Connecticut State University.  She currently is a candidate for a Ph.D. in gifted education from Oxford Brookes University, England. Leavitt represented the area of gifted education in the Exceptional Needs Standards Committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  In addition to a teaching and consulting career, she lectures and authors various professional works. Leavitt has presented to educational groups in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. She has been elected to Who’s Who of American Teachers, as well as its European counterpart.

The Haupert Humanitarian Award will be presented to Charles E. Decker, Jr. ’63 of New York City and the Dominican Republic.  This award is given for the rendering of outstanding service in the cause of human welfare.  Decker graduated with a B.S. in economics, and later attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for his M.B.A. He held corporate positions with various advertising firms developing campaigns for Crest toothpaste, Pampers, Quaker Oats, Gatorade, Fisher-Price, and Warner Bros. In 1996 he launched Decker Associates, an advertising, consulting and real estate business. He later started dividing his time between New York and the Dominican Republic, where he established a foundation to help an orphanage named Niños de Cristo and its 135 children. Earlier this year he started the Charles E. Decker Foundation, which is helping close to 400 indigent or orphaned children across the Dominican Republic.

Candy Barr Heimbach ’79 of Bethlehem, Pa. will receive the Medallion of Merit in recognition of outstanding service to Moravian or the Alumni Association.  Heimbach graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and elementary education from Moravian College.  She completed her Juris Doctor degree at Dickinson Law School.  Heimbach eventually joined the Bethlehem office of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. As a shareholder, she served as a senior vice president and a member of the firm’s board of directors. She is recognized as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer,” and has been admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court. As an alumna of Moravian College, Candy serves untold hours in support of campus organizations and events. She is a past president of the Alumni Board and former member of the Board of Trustees, a member of Blue & Grey Club, Lehigh Valley Home Club, and a mentor to students.

For more information regarding the awards recipients, please visit Moravian’s website at: http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/index.htm

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.