On Saturday, Oct. 6, alumni, alumni groups, a faculty member, and a current student were recognized at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and reception in Wilson Room, Pfenning Alumni Center.
Laneta J. Dorflinger ’75, distinguished scientist and vice president at FHI 360, based in Durham, N.C., received the Kidd Award for distinction in her career. She oversees programs that are focused in their purpose, empowering in their approach, and global in their impact. Devoting much of her career to broadening “availability and access to new contraceptive technologies for women in low-resource, developing countries,” she overcomes structural, logistical, and economic barriers to directly transform lives.
Dorflinger served on Lafayette’s Board of Trustees from 1988 to 2003, when she was named emerita. She received the USAID’s Science and Technology in Development Award and has been featured in the Global Health section of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, focused on individuals committed to addressing urgent problems. A chemistry graduate, she earned her Ph.D. from Yale and completed post-doctoral work at Harvard’s School of Public Health.
The award is named for Lafayette’s first graduate, George Washington Kidd, Class of 1836.
The Bell Award was presented to Pamela Gaary Holran ’88 for distinguished service to the College. On July 1, she concluded her two-year term as president of the Alumni Association and board associate, following a five-year term as an alumni trustee, 2005-06 through 2009-10, during which she was a member of the board’s Committee on External Affairs. She has held numerous other alumni leadership positions including president of the Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter. She has mentored undergraduates and currently serves on the committee that is guiding the search for Lafayette’s 17th president.
A former associate in the communications and engineering law firm Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, Washington, D.C., she holds a J.D. degree from George Washington University. In 1999 Holran won the Greenip Award in recognition of her superb performance as an alumni chapter officer. Four years later she received the Mayfield Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and in 2007 a Special Commendation Award from the Alumni Association for her exemplary loyalty and commitment to the goals of the College and its Alumni Association.
A history graduate, she was president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority as an undergraduate.
The award is named in honor of Joseph E. Bell ’28, who retired as alumni secretary in 1968.
Other Alumni Association awards and their recipients include:
MAYFIELD AWARD: Jonathan S. Ellis ’98
Presented to a member or members of one of the 15 latest classes in recognition of outstanding service to the College or Association. Named for Clifton P. Mayfield, Class of 1909.
WOODRING SERVICE AWARD: Barbara Levy ’77
Recognizes the achievements of a long-term Alumni Association volunteer whose service is both dedicated and effective. Named for George T. Woodring ’19.
WOODRING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Harold N. Kamine ’78
Recognizes an Alumni Association volunteer for outstanding leadership during the previous year.
GREENIP AWARD: Matthew J. Ashby ’92 – Atlanta
Recognizes a currently active alumni chapter officer based on voluntary service achievements over and above the faithful carrying out of regular officer assignments. Honors the memory of William E. Greenip ’44, former Alumni Association Secretary.
CHAPTER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Atlanta
Recognizes an alumni chapter for providing quality and diverse events while cultivating the chapter’s leadership and promoting area alumni participation. Accepted by Scott Harris ’95.
CHAPTER EVENT CHAIR PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD: Francey Kanengiser Burke ’80
Recognizes an individual that exudes leadership in the planning and execution of chapter events and echoes a chapter’s commitment to promote a diverse array of events for alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
CHAPTER SUPPORT PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD: Michael S. De Lisi ’03
Recognizes an individual who continually strives to promote alumni activity and interaction within his or her respective chapter.
HUGHES CORRESPONDENT AWARD: Lawrence M. Gasda ’73
Recognizes an effective writer who exercises class leadership through the column and unifies classmates in support of the College. Named for Wilson E. Hughes ’38.
HUHN CORRESPONDENT AWARD: Pamela Perez ’99
Recognizes a correspondent who actively seeks out and includes in the column many classmates from diverse regions and walks of life. Named for Elmer E. Huhn ’24.
WILDSTEIN CORRESPONDENT AWARD: Glenn Grube ’57
Recognizes a long-time correspondent who is faithful and prompt in submitting positive, upbeat columns. Named for Bernard S. Wildstein ’35.
AA STUDENT VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD: Julissa Marie Muschlitz ’13
Recognizes a current student who, through his or her volunteer efforts in the broader community beyond the College, has demonstrated compassion, energy, and ingenuity in serving others.
MAYFIELD SPECIAL COMMENDATION: Carli A. Siger ’07 and Matthew Potter ’07, Class Fund Managers; Lauren Fisher ’07, Class Reunion Chair
Presented to a member or members of the Lafayette community illustrating loyal commitment in supporting the goals of the College and Alumni Association.
DANIEL L. GOLDEN ’34 FACULTY SERVICE AWARD: Rado Pribic, Oliver E. Williams Professor of Languages and Literatures; co-chair, International Affairs
Recognizes faculty members for distinguished volunteer service to Lafayette College through the Lafayette College Alumni Association and its organized alumni activities.
Career Services awards and their recipients include:
LOIS AND NEIL GAGNON AWARD: Gioia M. Pisano ’90
Recognizes an alumna or alumnus for distinguished service to the Career Services Office in assisting Lafayette students in career exploration.
EXTERNSHIP COMMITMENT AWARDS: Curtis M. Allen ’79, Thomas C. Bagg III ’74, William H. Bohrod ’79, and Christopher S. Stanford ’94
Recognizes externship hosts with 10 years of participation.
Annual Fund awards and their recipients:
JOSEPH T. LOSEE ’94 AWARD: Bob Moss ’57
Presented to the reunion year class achieving the highest Lafayette College Fund total.
LAFAYETTE COLLEGE FUND AWARD: Class of 1971, Paul H. Dimmick ’71
Honors the non-reunion class achieving the highest Lafayette College Fund total.
JULIUS NAAB ’19 AWARD: Class of 1956 – Cornelius Alexander IV ’56
For the 50-Plus Club class with the highest rate of participation.
ERNEST G. SMITH ’94 AWARD: Class of 1962 – John R. Weis ’62
Honors the class achieving the highest percentage of participation from the 11th through the 50th alumni class.
ROBERT WHITMER 1885 AWARD: Class of 2012 – Ryan Cyrus Shroff ’12, Thomas J. Bolt ’12, and Kurumi Fukushima ’12
For the young alumni class achieving the highest percentage of participation.
Alumni Admissions Representative awards and their recipients:
NEW AAR OF THE YEAR AWARD: Margaret Langley Woods ’87
Recognizes a first-year AAR who has, during that initial period, served the College with extraordinary enthusiasm, commitment, and skill.
BARRY McCARTY AAR OF THE YEAR AWARD: David C. Tesher ’84, Brian W. Winiarski ’86
Recognizes an individual who, during the past year, has represented the College through the AAR program with outstanding dedication, reliability, and sensitivity; he or she has creatively and effectively introduced the “Spirit of Lafayette” to prospective students, their parents, and others interested in the College. Named for Barry W. McCarty, former dean of enrollment services.
AAR GEOGRAPHIC OUTREACH AWARD: Margaret Liebers Lovelette ’82
Recognizes an AAR member whose dedication and effectiveness during a period of a year or more has significantly improved Lafayette’s image and student recruitment potential in an area outside the College’s traditional tri-state area.
WILLIAM G. WILSON DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: Michael A. Weisburger ’82
The highest honor that can be bestowed for service to Lafayette through the AAR program. The recipient will have served with sustained distinction, effectively performing all expected duties during a period of several years or more. In addition, he or she will have demonstrated initiative and creativity, and will have inspired others through leadership and example.