Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Alumni

Christmas in Bethlehem provided a beautiful atmosphere for the 10th annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on December 11, 2010. Approximately 130 people attended the awards ceremony in Peter Hall where five alumni were honored for their professional achievements and service to Moravian and six students were recognized for their academics and leadership. After the ceremony a dinner reception was held in the Payne Art Gallery and from there many walked over to Central Moravian Church to feel the spirit of the holiday season at Vespers.

Comenius Award: Laurie Riley Brubaker '82, senior vice president of Aetna Pharmacy, was honored for her passion and dedication to providing an essential service to those persons in society who need it most. While serving as chief operating officer of Aetna's consumer segment she proposed and developed products for uninsured and underserved Americans. In 2008 she was named one of the " Top 15 Women in Business" by PINK magazine.

Medallion of Merit: Jan R. Gollins '72, principal and founder of Delta Modeling Group, was recognized for his years of service to Moravian College which began as a student and continue today from Chicago, where he resides. His participation includes, nine years on the Alumni board, where he served as president, serving on the Board of Trustees, supporting his fraternity, Omicron Delta Omega, serving on many committees and attending countless Moravian social and sporting events.

Benigna Education Award:  Janice M. Thomas '84, director of the International Education Center at Brookdale Community College, has dedicated her career to helping international students studying in the United States and to developing, promoting and advancing international education programs. Janice received her M.A. in education policy and leadership from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of New Orleans. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to international education and served as the liaison to the U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security for exchange and academic programs.

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Dustin Levy '01 earned a B.S. in chemistry, was awarded his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2005 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is working on an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Currently a product manager for Smiths Detections, a leading technology provider of global security applications, his most recent achievement is the development of the very first bottled liquid scanner for detection of explosives, which was approved by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and now in use in some airports.

Emerging Leader Award: Alyson L. Remsing '03 was a leader on campus throughout her 4 years as a student. Some of her achievements include class secretary from 1999 to 2003, vice president of Sigma Sigma Sigma, and 26 Points Ambassador and Dean’s List student. As an alumna, Alyson remains active serving as secretary on the Alumni Board, co-chair of the Homecoming committee, a member of the Young Alumni Focus Group, alumni advisor for the Student Alumni Association and with the Sigma Sigma Sigma alumnae advisory board. She is working on her master’s in student affairs while working as judicial secretary to Judge Paula A. Roscioli of the Northampton County Court of Pleas.

The 2010 Alumni Fellows are Carolyn Latkovich '12, Sasha Halasz '13, Trever Sweeney '11, Alex Hersch '11, and Brian Hunscher '11. Michael B. Solomon II '11 was recognized for his honors thesis, "Using fC31 Integrase-Mediated Gene Targeting to Study Alzheimer's-Related Mutations in Drosophila melanogaster."

To view the photos from the awards ceremony click here. The members of the Alumni Board encourage alumni, faculty and staff to nominate a deserving alumnus. Click here for an online nominations form.

Dinner Dance at Hotel Bethlehem
On February 19, the Hotel Bethlehem will hosting a dinner dance in their Grand Ballroom, featuring jazz music by members of the Moravian community. The cost is $25 per person (plus tax & gratuity) and includes a 3 course dinner (Chef's Hotel Bethlehem Salad, a Duet of Pecan Chicken and Glazed Salmon, Accompaniments, dessert and coffee); cash bar. This event is open to the public but the hotel will seat Moravian alumni and members of the college community together. For reservations call the Hotel Bethlehem directly at 610 625-5000 and be sure to tell them you are with Moravian. Come support Moravian musicians and enjoy a special evening.

Spotlight
Frank Alessandra '88, a financial analyst for Merck Pharmaceuticals, recently published a memoir called The Six. The book is available from amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Frank studied accounting at Moravian. He has two daughters and lives in New Jersey.

Mark Your Calendar
Alumni Weekend, May 20 & 21:
open to all alumni, but featuring reunions for classes ending in 6 and 1, from 1976 and back. Enjoy the elegance of Hotel Bethlehem and the informality of catching up with friends on campus. More information and online registration will be available soon at www.moravian.edu/alumni.

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