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Shining Lights Community Awards

Shining Lights

Moravian University Alumni & Community Awards
Presented by the Moravian University Alumni Association

Friday, April 21, 2023, at 6 p.m.
Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences
Moravian University

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2023 Award Recipients


Alumni Awards

June Slawinski Youngs ’79
Comenius Alumni Award

The Comenius Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement or service in an alumna's or alumnus' field of work. This is the Alumni Association's lifetime achievement award.


Gary M. Martell ’76, P’07
Haupert Humanitarian Award

The Haupert Humanitarian Award honors an alumna or alumnus who has rendered outstanding service in the cause of human welfare. The recipient’s service to humanity should achieve standards "above and beyond" the expected duties and responsibilities of the recipient’s career. In addition, the recipient should have made a positive difference in the lives of others, in the community in which he/she lives, or in the community at large.

Kris McGurrin Rooney, MD ’97
Benigna Education Award

The Benigna Education Award recognizes an alumna or alumnus for his or her outstanding contributions to the field of education. Administrators, college professors, elementary and secondary teachers, and all those in the teaching profession are eligible. To be considered, nominees should have made significant innovations in the teaching profession or otherwise substantially impacted the education process, and in addition, have demonstrated dedication to the community at large.


Elizabeth G. Sgambelluri ’13
Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Young Alumni Achievement Award is presented 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.

Alumni Fellows

Sophia Rivera ’24

Sophia Shienvold ’24

Grace Young ’23

The Alumni Association annually recognizes several full-time Moravian University students for their superior scholastic merit and the outstanding contributions they have made to campus life and to the community.

Shining Star Community Partnership Awards

City of Bethlehem, Community and Economic Development Department

Helen & R.K. Laros Foundation

The Shining Star Community Partnership Award is presented to a business, organization, or individual (excluding current students and employees, and alumni) that/who supports Moravian University's mission to prepare individuals for a reflective life, fulfilling career, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Strategic partnerships may include collaboration for shared resources, opportunities for innovation, and philanthropic engagement

Moravian University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have any questions regarding physical accessibility, please contact the Alumni Engagement Office at 610 861-1366 at least one week prior to this event.