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Bethlehem, Pa., December 9, 2013—The Moravian College Alumni Association will honor seven alumni and three current students at the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, December 14, in Peter Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. The ceremony will recognize a number of prestigious alumni, including James M. Stevens '73, who will be receiving the Comenius Award, and the late Roy Goshorn '58, will be awarded with Moravian’s Medallion of Merit.
The recipient of the Comenius Award, James M. Stevens Sr., received his B.A. in management from Moravian in 1973. He is the chairman of J.M. Stevens & Associates, Inc., a beverage industry consulting firm established in 1997 that specializes in strategic business development, brand building and multi-tiered distribution systems. His beverage experience, ranging more than 45 years, includes introducing Perrier to the United States in the 1970s, which established bottled water as a beverage category of its own. He later became senior vice president of Perrier, and established its U.S. and Canadian sales and distribution network. In 1986, James joined Coca-Cola Enterprises, eventually becoming the bottling company’s executive vice president and COO, before leaving for Suntory. In 2000, Stevens joined with the environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to develop and promote his RiverKeeper clean water project. Stevens was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the bottled water industry at the 2012 annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. Currently he lives in Bluffton, S.C., and continues to demonstrate true entrepreneurship in the beverage industry.
This years' Medallion of Merit is to be awarded to the loved ones of the late Roy Goshorn '58, a distinguished newscaster, weatherman, and AP reporter. After retiring, Goshorn became very much involved in Moravian's Alumni Association. In the late 1990s he stepped forward to provide leadership and support in recolonizing his fraternity, Omicron Gama Omega (OGO). His involvement with Moravian increased as he enthusiastically volunteered for Homecoming, Mardi Gras, and Alumni Weekend, assuming the role as co-chair for the Alumni Weekend parade. Goshorn served on his class reunion committee numerous years, was class fund agent, and represented his class at former President Thomforde’s Inauguration ceremony. In 2007, he joined the Alumni Board, chairing the recognition committee. He received the Comenius Award, and afterwards he faithfully traveled 5 hours each year from his Western Pennsylvania home to attend the ceremonies. Goshorn’s deepest happiness lies with his interaction with students, and his devotion to his alma mater has created a legacy that will continue to live on.
The Benigna Education Award is to be awarded to Denise M. Torma,Ed.D., '77, assistant superintendent at East Penn School District. She graduated in 1977 with a B.A. in social science, and she always aspired to be a teacher. Immediately after graduation, she began teaching in the East Stroudsburg Area and Phillipsburg high schools. During this time, the Bethlehem native continued her studies, earning a master’s degree in educational science from Temple University in 1986. She later received a doctorate from Widener University in educational administration in 2000. In 2005, after more than a decade teaching, Torma transitioned into administration, serving in a variety of principal and leadership positions in the East Penn School District. She takes much pride in her alma mater and contributes much of her time to career networking and interview seminars for students.
The Haupert Humanitarian Award will be awarded to Russell E. Morgan, Jr., Dr.P.H., '65. Morgan graduated in 1965 with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, and then he continued his education at the University of Pittsburg. Morgan has nearly five decades of experience in both domestic and global public health policy and management issues. In 2011, he retired after 15 years as president of the Setting Priorities in Retirement Years (SPRY) Foundation in Washington, D.C. Previously, Morgan served as the president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Immunology and Aging from 1992 to 1996. In addition, Russell held senior positions with the American Public Health Association and served as the secretary general of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having taught high school students in Kenya. Most recently, Russell served as chair of the Board of Directors of Encore Service Corps International, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.
Two young Alums will receive awards at this years' ceremony. Both Alums have made significant strides in their current careers and have positively represented Moravian College as a whole. The Young Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Casey J. Hoffman '06. Hoffman graduated with Honors in Physics, and later went on to receive his master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Today, Hoffman is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Vistex Composites, an innovation company that has developed disruptive technology for the manufacture of advanced composite materials, including carbon-fiber. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dylan S. Stroup '10 will be the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award. Following graduation in 2010, Stroup has worked as a financial advisor with AXA Advisors, LLC and made it a priority to stay involved with Moravian. Stroup’s interest in Moravian spans several areas of campus life and reflects his desire to give back to the College. He was a member of the Omicron Gamma Omega Fraternity (OGO), a participant in the marching band, and studied financial economics. He works closely with the Career Center and helps with student networking. In addition to his involvement with Moravian, Dylan is President of the Alumni Association of The Marvelwood School in Kent, Connecticut and serves on the Board of Directors of Kenyan Healthcare Initiatives, Inc.
The Honorary Alumni Award recipients are John and Mary Ann Williams, who actually both graduated from Clarion University in the early 1970s. They are both close friends of Moravian College, with Mary Ann having become working in variety of jobs at Moravian. John worked in College's Institutional Advancement Office as the director of giving for the Seminary. Mary Ann and John were fixtures at numerous events, programs, and athletic contests. John was made an honorary member of the Omicron Gamma Omega Fraternity, while Mary Ann was made an honorary member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. The married couple reside in Carolina Shores, N.C.
In addition to recognizing the achievements of these seven alumni, Moravian College will honor three current seniors for their academic success and contributions to campus and community life at Moravian College. Katie O’Rourke ’14, Hilary J. Reis ’14, and Melissa Walters ’14 will receive the Alumni Fellows Scholarship.
For more information about the awards recipients, please visit Moravian’s website at: www.moravian.edu/alumni. 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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s website at www.moravian.edu.