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Moravian College to Honor Five Distinguished Alumni
Bethlehem, Pa., September 25, 2006— The Moravian College Alumni Association will honor five distinguished alumni at the 7th Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall, located at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.
Brian Corvino ’02, Yardley, Pa., will be recognized for his leadership and dedicated service to Moravian College by the 2006 Emerging Leader Award, presented to an alumnus or alumna of the college who has graduated within the last ten years. In his position as director for the strategy consulting practice of PharmaStrat, Inc., he works with many of the world’s leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, Corvino also promotes opportunities for Moravian students offered by the company’s scholarship and internship programs. He serves as president of the Young Alumni and the Moravian chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Boards, and has recently been appointed to the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. He helped to create career and leadership initiatives such as the Sophomore Success program, and plans to help strategize innovative programming for the Alumni Association. Corvino graduated magna cum laude with a double major in political science and honors in economics.
Ryan Mehl ’96, Lancaster, Pa., will be presented with the Young Alumni Achievement Award to honor an alumna or alumnus who has achieved exceptional success in his or her profession and who has graduated within the past two to ten years. Mehl is assistant professor of chemistry at Franklin & Marshall College. The National Science Foundation has awarded him with a prestigious five year Career Award to continue the cutting-edge research he conducted as a post-doctoral fellow at The Scripps Institute regarding the use of unnatural amino acids. The grant will provide funding for 15 undergraduate students and state-of-the art equipment. Their findings can “ultimately be used to better understand the interaction between medicine and proteins in the human body, which could greatly improve the efficacy of medicines.” Mehl graduated from Moravian summa cum laude with honors in chemistry and earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2001.
Robert Gratz ’75, Bethlehem, Pa., will receive the Benigna Education Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of education. Gratz is superintendent of Hackettstown Public Schools, and has served as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent in three other New Jersey school districts during his career. He has served as a mentor and role model for countless Moravian students who aspire to pursue education degrees. He coached the championship team of the New Jersey Mock Trial competition, and was a presenter at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, he has served state and local task forces, and holds membership in numerous professional organizations. Gratz was the winner of Moravian’s Gillespie Award, and is a member of three halls of fame.
Dr. Henry May, Jr. ’60, Yadkinville, NC; will be given the Haupert Humanitarian Award that honors an alumna or alumnus who has rendered outstanding service in the cause of human welfare. May is the founder and guiding spirit of Sunnyside Ministries services for the poor, a ministry continuing today as the social outreach arm of the Moravian Church, Southern Province. As chaplain of the Winston-Salem Police Department, he formed the Prison Ministry and was honored by NC Governor James B. Martin for this work. As chair of the Forsyth Stokes Mental Health Board, the Forsyth DSS recognized him for his work in welfare reform. He received the Distinguished Service Award from Forsyth County Council of Older Adults and was recognized as National Chaplain of the Year for his service in the US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol as a chaplain and mission pilot. He has also served on numerous community and denominational boards and the Board of Trustees of Moravian College. May received his B.A. from Moravian College, his M.Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Duke University School of Divinity, and D.Min. from Southeastern Theological Seminary.
Dr. Bruce Coull ’64, Columbia, S.C.; will be honored by the prestigious Comenius Award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in an alumna’s or alumnus’ field of work. Coull graduated from Moravian College with a B.S. degree in Biology and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Lehigh University, where his dissertation research was conducted at Lehigh’s marine biology field station in Bermuda. He worked also as a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in North Carolina and as assistant professor in the Marine Sciences Department at Clark University, Massachusetts. In 1981 he was senior Fulbright fellow at Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand; and visiting professor in marine sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 1994. He has authored 130 scientific papers on marine ecology and sustainability in higher education and edited 4 books.
Coull joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 1973, and served as Chairman of Marine Sciences from 1982-1994. He was invited to become Dean of the School of the Environment, leading to one of the school’s major initiatives in the development of research links to monitor the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in the Ukraine. As of 1998 the school has sent 32 scientists to assess the damage and to develop research projects. Five studies are ongoing, but one of the most important monitors the children who were exposed to the plume of the reactor. Coull raised the seed money for the Chernobyl projects and negotiated complicated agreements with the University of Kiev, the Ukrainian Ministry of Emergency Affairs and the Radioecological Center and agencies.
During his career he was honored as Carolina University Distinguished Professor; and currently serves as president of an academic/professional organization called the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, an association of institutional representatives who come together to improve the quality, stature and effectiveness of academic environmental programs at U.S. universities and colleges focused on the frugal use of natural resources. His outstanding environmental project, the South Carolina Sustainable Universities Institute, is a network of universities and smaller colleges around the state that promotes meaningful change from initial proposals to completed structures on college campuses. One example of ongoing-commitment to ecological awareness is the “green dorm” student housing built on the USC campus.
Coull continues in his mission as teacher and activist and hopes that students will be “aware of the size of their ecological footprint.” In his emeritus status he directs a USC research project sponsored by the Chicago and New York based Center for Humans and Nature to orchestrate sensible use of resources in the South Carolina coastal region. Local decisions makers are the target of this project.
For more complete information on all of the awards recipients, please visit http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/awardsArchive/awards2006.htm.