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Moravian to Honor Five Distinguished Alumni
Laurie Riley Brubaker '82, honored with the prestigious Comenius Award
Bethlehem, Pa., November 11, 2010--The Moravian College Alumni Association will honor five distinguished alumni at the 10th Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, December 11th at 4:00 pm in Peter Hall, located at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. Laurie Riley Brubaker '82 of Mansfield, Texas, will be honored with the prestigious Comenius Award for lifetime achievement.
Brubaker, who received a B.A. in clinical psychology from Moravian College, is senior vice president of Aetna Pharmacy, and has held management positions with Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Cigna HealthCare. Since joining Aetna in 1986, Brubaker has held senior positions in customer service, operations, sales and marketing. As chief operating officer for Aetna's Consumer Division, she proposed, developed, and managed the Consumer Division, which targets the working uninsured not covered by Medicare. A portion of this program makes available health insurance to children at reduced rates. In 2008, she was named one of the Top 15 Women in Business by PINK Magazine. The Dallas Texas Business Journal listed her as one of the Top 10 Dallas Women to Watch.
Alyson Remsing '03, Bethlehem, Pa., will receive the Emerging Leader Award, given to a recent graduate for outstanding leadership and service to Moravian College. As an undergraduate, Remsing was class secretary, vice president of Sigma Sigma Sigma, a 26 points ambassador, and a student assistant in the Admissions Office and Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Department. After receiving a B.A. in history and political science from Moravian and associate degree in paralegal studies from Northampton Community College, Remsing became the judicial secretary to the Honorable Paula A. Roscioli of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. She maintains close ties to Moravian, serving as secretary of the Alumni Board, co-chair of homecoming activities, and a member of the college's Young Focus Group.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award will be granted to Dustin Levy '01 of Danbury, Connecticut. The award recognizes exceptional professional success. Levy holds a B.S. in chemistry from Moravian and Ph.D.in physical chemistry from the University of Maryland. During a postdoctoral research position at the National Institutes of Health and Research Council, he authored scientific articles for leading chemistry journals and delivered technical presentations at national and international conferences. Since 2007, Levy has been employed in a management position at the Danbury, Conn., headquarters of Smiths Detection, a leading technology provider of global security applications. Levy developed the first bottled liquid scanner for detecting explosives. Recently approved for use by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, the scanner will eventually allow the TSA to reduce the liquid carry-on restrictions now in place for all aircraft passengers.
Janice M. Thomas '84, Matawan, N.J., will be honored with the Benigna Education Award for outstanding contribution to the field of education. Thomas holds a B.A. in psychology from Moravian, an M.A. in education policy and leadership from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of New Orleans. In 1995 she visited Germany under a Fulbright seminar for U.S. administrators. During her administrative career at the University of Alabama and the University of New Orleans, Thomas managed a series of comprehensive programs advising international students, faculty, and staff on the cultural and immigration issues of international education. She served as the liaison to the U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security for exchange and academic programs, and has received numerous awards for her contributions to international education. She is currently the director of the International Education Center at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, N.J.
Jan R. Gollins '72 of Mount Prospect, Ill., will receive the Medallion of Merit in recognition of outstanding service to Moravian or the Alumni Association. An enthusiastic supporter of the College since his student days, Gollins served as president of the campus United Student Government. He holds a B.A.in economics from Moravian and M.B.A. in economics from Lehigh University. His successful business career has included management and vice president positions at top firms, such as Hershey Foods and R.J. Reynolds, and he is the principal and founder of Delta Modeling Group, a predictive analytics and marketing research firm for the consumer market, based in Chicago., After serving nine years on the board of the Moravian College Alumni Association, Gollins was elected to the College Board of Trustees in 2002. He is a regular at alumni social and sporting events, distributes candles at Christmas Vesper Services, and has helped rebuild his campus fraternity, Omicron Gamma Omega.
A light dinner reception in the Payne Gallery will follow the awards ceremony. For more information regarding the awards recipients, please visit Moravian's website at: http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/index.htm
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