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Moravian College Alumni Association announces 2003 alumni award recipients

Fred Reinhard and Mayo Lanning to be granted distinction of honorary alumnus

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— The Moravian College Alumni Association will hold its Fourth Annual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 24, 2003, on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. The evening will begin with a light dinner reception in Payne Gallery at 6:00 p.m. and will continue with the Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall.

Dr. Judith Share Yaphe ’66, will be honored with The Comenius Award, Moravian’s Alumni Association's lifetime achievement award—it’s most prestigious alumni award—given in recognition of outstanding achievement or service in an alumna's or alumnus' field of work. Dr. Yaphe is a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), the National Defense University, Washington D.C. She is a specialist in Middle Eastern political analysis, with a focus on Iraq, Persian Gulf, Arab, Islamic and regional issues. Prior to joining the INSS in 1995, Dr. Yaphe served with the Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis at the Central Intelligence Agency. Considered to be one of the most respected authorities on Iraq in the U.S., Yaphe received the Intelligence Medal of Commendation for her work on the 1990-1991 Iraq/Persian Gulf war.

Ivan Backer ’49 will be honored with the Haupert Humanitarian Award. The Award is given to an alumna or alumnus who has rendered outstanding service in the cause of human welfare. Born in Czechoslovakia, Backer came to the United States in 1944, where he eventually became the driving force for revitalization of Hartford, Connecticut’s blighted Southside Neighborhood. During Backer’s seventeen years as president/executive director of the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), that organization evolved into a highly effective force for positive change in Hartford and became nationally recognized as a model for community revitalization.
Carol Mooney Kemp ’80 will receive the Benigna Education Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of education. Since graduating from Moravian in 1980, Mooney Kemp has dedicated her life to her career as an eighth grade English teacher at Old Turnpike Middle School in New Jersey’s Tewksbury Township. A 1996 Hunterdon County Honored Teacher, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching, including the 1998 and 2000 New Jersey Department of Education Best Practice Award for innovation in Language Arts teaching. In 1986, her eighth grade English class ranked first in the nation on the National Language Arts Olympiad. Although multiple sclerosis has confined Carol to a wheel chair for over a year, she continues to model her class theme of “Be Your Own Advocate” to her students and plans to serve as an example of positive thinking to them for many more years.

April Major Esq. ’93 will be granted the Young Alumni Achievement Award which is given to 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. After graduation in 1996, Major became director of operations at Villanova’s Center for Information Law and Policy, a think tank dedicated to exploring the intersection of law and technology and its global implications for modernizing legal systems. From 1996 to 2000, Major served as manager and faculty director of Project Bosnia, a project established to use modern information technology to help rebuild the rule of law and civil society in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She also helped promote the Global Democracy Project, which extended the use of technology to help rebuild a system of law in nations such as Russia and Croatia. She is currently Assistant Dean for Academic Computing at Villanova.

Michelle Lichtenberger Trent ’93 will receive the Emerging Leader Award which is presented to an alumnus or alumna who graduated within the last 10 years, for his or her dedicated service and leadership to Moravian College. A 1993 graduate in International Management, Trent studied abroad in Toulon, France during her junior year of college. From 1999 to 2001, she chaired the Young Alumni Board’s Career Development Committee, where she used her outstanding organizational skills to help develop mock interviews for juniors and seniors and to organize career panels. A member of the Alumni Career Advising Program, Trent has participated in the student-alumni career networking reception and as a career panelist. Since receiving her MBA from Lehigh University, Trent has been director of sales of ACBS Group, Inc., where she has already received their distinguished SME Award for recruitment, training, and management of the ACBS sales force.

In acknowledgement of his outstanding dedication to Moravian College, the Alumni Association will recognize Fred Reinhard with the distinction of honorary alumnus. Since his daughter, Joan ’86 and son, Jeffrey ’90 began attending Moravian College, Reinhard has been one of Moravian College’s most enthusiastic and effective ambassadors and supporters. As a longstanding member of the Board of Trustees, as a proud parent of college graduates, and as an avid promoter of our athletic programs, Reinhard had made a profound and lasting difference in the life of our institution and its students. As a College trustee for more than seven years, he has provided strong direction to Moravian from the boardroom. Honored as the 2003 Gillespie Award recipient for his unwavering support of Hound athletics, Reinhard has been a true and loyal fan, faithfully attending at-home and away events in virtually every sport. He has hosted many receptions for current and prospective student-athletes. At the same time, his financial leadership has greatly enhanced Moravian’s athletic programs, helping to initiate our men’s lacrosse program, to establish athletic internship positions, and to provide leadership in the athletic campaign. Through his newspaper, cable television, and internet companies, Reinhard has generously offered invaluable public relations support to the College.

In acknowledgement of his outstanding dedication to Moravian College, the Alumni Association will recognize Mayo Lanning with the distinction of honorary alumnus. After spending twenty-five years as a mining engineer, Lanning began his second career at Moravian College in 1967. With a B.S. in Engineering from Lafayette, and an M.S and M.B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University, Mayo used his varied background to help support the Economics and Business Department and Moravian’s expanding Division of Graduate and Continuing Studies program. After retiring from full time teaching in 1981, Lanning spent the next eighteen years counseling DCS students on a part-time basis. In 1998, his work with Moravian took yet another turn when he began to volunteer as a tutor and counselor with DCS students. In 2002, the Accounting Club recognized Mayo with its Pinnacle Award for his contribution to the College and the accounting profession.

For more information, visit http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/awards.htm