Alumni, alumni groups, a faculty member, and a student were recognized Nov. 16 at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and reception in Wilson Room, Pfenning Alumni Center.
Charles “Chip” Bergh ’79, president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., received the Kidd Award for distinction in his career. A strategic leader, he has proven ability to build and grow brand powerhouses, bring new products to the mass market, develop innovative marketing campaigns, and capitalize on digital platforms to drive brand awareness.
Although unable to attend, Bergh sent greetings: “I am truly honored to be recognized as the Kidd Award winner this year. It is incredibly meaningful to be recognized by Lafayette with this award, which makes not being at the luncheon all the more difficult. I look forward to getting back to campus sometime soon.”
Before becoming CEO in 2011, Bergh served nearly three decades at Procter & Gamble, assuming increasingly senior positions. He coordinated key acquisitions for the company, led its highly successful expansion into emerging Asian markets, and rose to the position of group president of the $7 billion global male grooming division. He is an international affairs graduate.
The award is named for Lafayette’s first graduate, George Washington Kidd, Class of 1836.
The Bell Award was presented to Cynthia Oaks Linville ’80 for distinguished service to the College. President of the Maroon Club, she has held other leadership positions with the club as well as with Friends of Women’s Lacrosse. She has been a class officer, a Marquis Parents Council member, an associate member of the Board’s Committee on Athletics and Student Affairs, and an active participant in the women’s engagement initiative.
Linville and her husband, Jud Linville ’79, also honored her father, Bill Oaks ’51, by endowing a major leadership development fund for the benefit of varsity athletes and coaches.
An economics and business major, Linville holds an MBA from University of Pennsylvania. As a student-athlete she was so highly regarded by her teammates and coaches that, as a senior, she was selected captain of both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams—the lacrosse squad that compiled a 12-5 record and won the 1980 Division II National Championship.
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: Christina Griffin ’99
Presented to a member or members of one of the 15 latest classes in recognition of outstanding service to the College or Alumni Association. Named for Clifton Mayfield, Class of 1909.
WOODRING SERVICE AWARD: Barbara Strasburg Tucker ’84
Recognizes the achievements of a long-term Alumni Association volunteer whose service is both dedicated and effective. Named for George Woodring ’19.
WOODRING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Susan Barnes Carras ’76
Recognizes an Alumni Association volunteer for outstanding leadership during the previous year.
GREENIP AWARD: Ed McNally ’65
Recognizes an 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 Greenip ’44, former Alumni Association secretary.
CHAPTER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Greater Boston
Recognizes an alumni chapter for providing quality and diverse events while cultivating the chapter’s leadership and promoting area alumni participation. Accepted by Heather Slugaski ’09.
CHAPTER EVENT CHAIR PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD: Heather Slugaski ’09
Recognizes an individual who 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 McClintock ’71
Recognizes an individual who continually strives to promote alumni activity and interaction within his or her respective chapter.
HUGHES CORRESPONDENT AWARD: John Gilbert ’55
Recognizes an effective writer who exercises class leadership through the column and unifies classmates in support of the College. Named for Wilson Hughes ’38.
HUHN CORRESPONDENT AWARD: Marie Garofalo ’10
Recognizes a correspondent who actively seeks out and includes in the column many classmates from diverse regions and walks of life. Named for Elmer Huhn ’24.
WILDSTEIN CORRESPONDENT AWARD: Van Boughton ’47
Recognizes a long-time correspondent who is faithful and prompt in submitting positive, upbeat columns. Named for Bernard Wildstein ’35.
AA STUDENT VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD: Abigail Williams ’15
Recognizes a student who, through his or her volunteer efforts in the broader community beyond the College, has demonstrated compassion, energy, and ingenuity in serving others.
DANIEL L. GOLDEN ’34 FACULTY SERVICE AWARD: Alan Childs, professor of psychology and director of the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Research
Recognizes a faculty member for distinguished volunteer service to Lafayette College through the Lafayette College Alumni Association and its organized alumni activities.
Career Services awards and their recipients:
LOIS AND NEIL GAGNON AWARD: Renae Schneck Tesauro ’82
Recognizes an alumna or alumnus for distinguished service to the Career Services Office in assisting Lafayette students in career exploration.
EXTERNSHIP COMMITMENT AWARDS: Richard Andreski ’96, James Hummerstone ’86, Vincent Petitto ’89, Joel Pisano ’71
Recognizes externship hosts with 10 years of participation.
Annual Fund awards and their recipients:
JOSEPH T. LOSEE ’94 AWARD: Class of 1978—John Broderick ’78
Presented to the reunion year class achieving the highest Lafayette College Fund total.
LAFAYETTE COLLEGE FUND AWARD: Class of 1979—Laurie B. Samet ’79
Honors the non-reunion class achieving the highest Lafayette College Fund total.
JULIUS NAAB ’19 AWARD: Class of 1958—S. Robert Beane Jr. ’58
For the 50-Plus Club class with the highest rate of participation.
ERNEST G. SMITH ’94 AWARD: Class of 1963—Robert Burns ’63
Honors the class achieving the highest percentage of participation from the 11th through the 50th alumni class.
ROBERT WHITMER 1885 AWARD: Class of 2008 – Andrew Stella ’08, Steven Roe ’08
For the young alumni class achieving the highest percentage of participation.
Alumni Admissions Representative awards and their recipients:
NEW AAR OF THE YEAR AWARD: Kristen Lanzi ’08
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: Marie Garofalo ’10
Recognizes an individual who, during the past year, has represented the College through the AAR program with outstanding dedication, reliability, and sensitivity, and has creatively and effectively introduced the “Spirit of Lafayette” to prospective students, their parents, and others interested in the College. Named for Barry McCarty, former dean of enrollment services.
AAR GEOGRAPHIC OUTREACH AWARD: Diana Hasegan ’10, Brian Clark ’04
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: William Bohrod ’79
The highest honor bestowed for service through the AAR program including effectively performing all expected duties for several years or more, demonstrating initiative and creativity, and inspiring others through leadership and example.