Arcadia Alumni

Alumni Awards

Each year, Arcadia University alumni are recognized for outstanding achievements and contributions in their profession, their community, their classes, and their alma mater. The Alumni Association presents its annual awards each year in May at Alumni Family Weekend.

2020 Alumni Association Award Recipients

Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement

Kristin Weissman ’98

Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement

Kristin Weissman ’98 received a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications from Arcadia University. She has had a wide-ranging and successful career as an entrepreneur and marketing and public relations professional. She is the founder and CEO of Studio K, an entertainment studio featuring dance and fitness classes for adults. In addition, Weissman owns the professional cosmetics line, Kristin Noelle Cosmetics; the national public relations firm, Kristin Noelle Consulting; and the entertainment blog, "The Backdrop." Prior to this, Weissman was the director of Marketing and Communications for Windermere Preparatory School, the director of Public Relations for Full Sail University, as well as the Director of Communications for Give Kids The World, a non-profit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses. Weissman has served as the national public relations manager for the Miss America Organization in Atlantic City, NJ, helping to produce the nationally televised live broadcast, and represented both Miss America 2000 and 2001. 

Weissman was named among the 20 “Women of the Year” for 2019 by Orlando Magazine and formerly represented the city of Orlando with her platform of health and wellness as Ms. Orlando International. In addition to Weissman’s public relations and marketing career, she is also a published author of Barbie: The Icon, The Image, The Ideal - An Analytical Interpretation of the Barbie Doll in Popular Culture, and served as a contributing writer to the book, A+ Marketing: Proven Tactics for Success.

Golden Disc for Meritorious Service

Joan Nadler Brantz ’65

Golden Disc for Meritorious Service

Joan Nadler Brantz ’65 received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and was among the first non-traditional aged students to receive their degree from Beaver College. After graduation, Joan worked as a social worker for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society for 18 years and remained a dedicated alumna and influential member of the Arcadia community. As a loyal donor, she’s a member of Arcadia’s Knight Loyalty Society, the Covenant Society, and an inaugural donor of the Jones Poundstone Society.
 
Joan established The William Bracy Award for Distinction in Shakespearean Studies, which is given at Honors Convocation. In the fall of 2019, to celebrate her 55th reunion through impactful philanthropy, she established the Joan N. ’65 and George M. Brantz Endowed Scholarship Fund. Joan served on The Board of Trustees of Arcadia from 2012-2016, and was a member of the Advisory Board of Arcadia’s Community Scholars program and an avid participant in its classes. She also served on the national Governing Board of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Within her local community, Joan is active with her synagogue and at the Morris Arboretum.

Faculty and Staff Alumni Impact Award

Michelle Reale ’96, ’99M, ’16M

Faculty and Staff Alumni Impact Award

Michelle Reale ’96, ’99M, ’16M is the inaugural recipient of the Faculty and Staff Alumni Impact Award. She is a professor, access services and outreach librarian at Arcadia University. Reale holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Arts in English, and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Arcadia University, as well as a Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University. She is also a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Arcadia University. Reale has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, a collection of works by small presses and authors. Her list of publications, collections, and contributions, which is too numerous to list here, focuses on her research among African refugees in Sicily and her poetry is mainly concerned with Italian-American life, ethnic identity, histories, family dynamics, and remembrance and forgetting. 

The colleague who submitted the nomination for this award said of Reale: “I feel that she has brought so much to Arcadia University with her hard work, her many accomplishments, and her warm collegiality that many have come to know.”

Young Alumni Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement

Francine Sabino Abel ’11

Young Alumni Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement

Francine Sabino Abel ’11 holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arcadia University. She is the Co-Founder of Pheed Philly, a non-profit organization that manages physical and monetary donations to distribute care-packages to individuals experiencing homelessness in the city of Philadelphia. Since their inception in 2018, they have provided essential items to hundreds of individuals in need. Abel was inspired to begin this work by a course she took at Arcadia University titled Homes, Housing, and Homelessness. 

Abel currently works as the communications manager for Lemle & Wolff, Inc. in Bronx, NY.

Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award

Maya Basu Johnson ’97

Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award

Maya Basu Johnson ’97 received her Bachelor of Arts in Business/Healthcare Administration from Arcadia University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Information Systems from Temple University, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, and is an SHRM Senior Certified HR Professional. Since 2013, Johnson has held the role of associate vice president of Human Resources at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. 

Johnson has been a dedicated member of the Alumni Association since her graduation, generously providing both her time and philanthropic support to the needs of the University. She currently serves as the chair of the Volunteer Cultivation Committee, the Class of 1997 representative, and the Class of 1997 class editor. Most recently, Johnson was elected to serve as the vice president of the Arcadia University Alumni Association Steering Committee beginning in June 2020. Johnson is a member of the Jones Poundstone Society.

Sankofa Award

Zyhkeya Waller-Young ’99 received her B.A. in Psychology from Arcadia University. In addition, she has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College and a Master of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University. Waller-Young currently serves as director of Children’s Enhanced Outpatient Programs at The Consortium, a mental health services provider. Previously, she was the executive director at Multi-Therapy Services, Inc.

Waller-Young is the founder of Business Bestiez Pro Academy, a business consulting company that provides female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs the tools and resources necessary to succeed in business.

Class Officer Awards

The 2020 Class Officer Award recipients are all individuals who have served as exceptional leaders in planning and executing outreach initiatives for their respective classes. Recipients served in various leadership and volunteer roles as class presidents, class fund agents, reunion chairs, and class editors. All of the recipients are faithful supporters of Arcadia University.

Senior Golden Disc Award

Presented to a graduating senior at Commencement in recognition of his/her leadership skills and engagement in the campus community. The senior who receives this high honor, in the opinion of his/her classmates, faculty, administration and the Awards and Honors Committee, exemplifies the highest standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and promotes the present and future welfare of Arcadia University. Through his/her activities, he/she demonstrates a lasting commitment and dedication to Arcadia University and inspires the respect and admiration of his/her classmates.

 

The recipient of this award will be announced at the 2020 Commencement Ceremony this fall.

SENIOR GOLDEN DISC AWARD

2020 Nominees

Biochemistry, Honors Program, 3+2 M.S. in Forensic Science

Amy Stringer

Biochemistry, Honors Program, 3+2 M.S. in Forensic Science

Biology, Honors Program

Ariel Wong

Biology, Honors Program

Actuarial Science, Honors Program | Minors in Computer Science, Spanish

Carlie Banchi

Actuarial Science, Honors Program | Minors in Computer Science, Spanish

Public Health

Evangeline Wang

Public Health

Biology

Evvie Thompson

Biology

Computer Science

Jarod Pichler

Computer Science

English

Jessica Derr

English

International Studies | Minors in Cultural Anthropology, Spanish

Kiara Jacoby

International Studies | Minors in Cultural Anthropology, Spanish

History, Secondary Education, Honors Program

Marisa Gonzalez

History, Secondary Education, Honors Program

Sociology | Minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Mary Okeke

Sociology | Minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Secondary Education, History, Honors Program

Michael Costigan

Secondary Education, History, Honors Program

History

International Studies

Tessa Kilcourse

International Studies

Pre-Law, Honors Program

Tim Spangler

Pre-Law, Honors Program

Past Senior Golden Disc Award Recipients

Lisa Wasser-Berlin '78
Janice Cavoto '91, '93M
Kerry Ann Costello Leraris '92, '94MEd
Geraldine Swan '92, '99M
Lee Heisman '93
Lisa McClain Byrne '94
Steven Dilworth '95, '98M
Shannon Zellner Davis '96
Tracy Reed '97
Kauna Kalenga Greene '98
TJ Tweddle Trzaskawka '98

Patricia Brennan-Green '98
Remilekun Ojumu '99
Heather Lindsley '00
Jennifer Bach Jones '01
Katie Gorman Salvo '02
Eileen Butkovic Cook '03
Breann Donnelly '04, '19MBA
Mark Adler '05
Amber LaJeunesse Silverberg '06
Dennis Balyeat Greene '07
Natalie Harris '08

Bryan Durfee '09
Stephen Neafsey '10
Daniel Phillips '11
Alisha Leu '12
Tanesha Waid '13
John Doherty '14
Danielle Maxson '16
Jessica Braun '17
Devon Miller '18
Camille Menns '19

Alumni Association Awards

Past Award Recipients

Golden Disc Award for Distinguished Achievement

Awarded to an alumna/us having graduated more than a decade ago, in recognition of significant accomplishments and outstanding achievements in their profession or community that greatly enhance the prestige of Arcadia University.

Roberta Paulhamus McKinney ’29
Rebecca H. Shriver ’33
Edith Schaeffer ’36
Carolyn Welch Betts ’37
Margaret Oldroyd Hyde ’38
Virginia Hamilton Lawless ’39
E. Jane Carlin ’40
Shirley Isacowitz Leviton ‘41
Bernice Wenzel Jeffrey ’42
L. Virginia VanDyke, M.D. ’42
Muriel Lair Happich ’44
Suzanne McLean Hilton ’45
Betsey Smith Bates ’46
Dorothy Germain Porter ’46
Dorothy Ingling MacConkey ‘47
Ruth Yearsley Williams ’48
Annette Eskind ’49
Jeanne B. Brockmann ’50

Patricia Smith, MD ’52
Janet Murray Albright ’55
Virginia MacQueen Ford ’56
Alma Alabilikian ’58
Katharine Lanning Winters ’58
Sara E. Stambaugh, Ph.D ’59
Kay WalkingStick ’59, '11H
Carol Magdalene Elkins ’60
Gilda Rorro Baldasarri ’62
Barbara Starks Favazza ’62
Adeline Gordon Levine ’62
Carol Rogoff Hallstrom ’63
Diane Leenheer Zimmerman ’63
Brooke Maury Dojny ’65
Beverly Booth ’66
Julianne Mamana Boyd ’66
Sharon Foyto Smith '67
Susan Ginsberg Berk ’69

Lynn Kressel ’70
Gertrude Coxe '71
Jane Rosenberg Porter ’71
Susan C. Saxer ’71
Anna Deavere Smith ’71, '93H
Arlene Weissman ’71
Julie B. Houston ’73
Susan Savage ’74
James P. Capolupo '76M
Joseph P. Archie ’77
M. Emily Perkins Capella '77
Walter Hellendall ’77
Linda Stojak ’78
Mary Beth Long Miele ’78
Susan Jackson Tressider '84, '90M
Adam Denish ’89

Golden Disc Award for Meritorious Service

Awarded to an alumna/us having graduated more than a decade ago, in recognition of outstanding volunteer leadership service to Arcadia University through its Alumni Association and/or Board of Trustees. Such contributions exceed all expectations of a loyal Arcadia alumna/us. Recipients must also have a record of consistent participation in The Fund for Arcadia or other philanthropic designations at the University.

 

Laura Lind McKee ’15
Ethlyn Selner Mack ’18
Polly Menna Geldi ’33
Eleanor Martin Germond ’35
Ethel Roeger Schmuhl ’35
Joan Bosquett Scott ’35*
Dorothy Korell Shisler ’35
Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf ’36
Elizabeth Eayre Brown ’38
Maude Manogue Farran ’38
Barbara Fleck Stitzinger ’38
Frances H. Lewis  ’39**
Ethel Cunningham McClintock ’39
Edna Purvis Nelson ’41
Dorothy Haupt Lampe ’42
Kathryn Darby ’44
Lois Hinlein Hirsch ’45
Patricia S. Carnahan ’47
Jean Stahl Noble ’47
Nancy B. Crosson ’48

Ann Schroter Bechtel ’50
Virginia Fulmer Haist ’51
Priscilla French Curry ’52
Marjorie Darling ‘82***
Beverly Rappaport Goldberg ’53
Betsy Lundquist ’54
Marilyn Sunners Cranin ’54
Eleanor Murphy Workman ’54
Patricia Darling Kile ’56
Rosemary Deniken Blankley ’57, '06H
Jean Stout Fletcher ’57
Edith Hall Neal ’57
Patricia Fletcher Lyford ’58
Mary Lou Bratt Mees ’59
Faye Senneca ’59
Marianna Harder Peckmann ’60
Elizabeth Holton Weiss ’60
Lyanne Lindo Wassermann '61
Carol Hallstrom ‘63
Janet Preston Frisch ’65

Babette Senker Krug ’68, '81M
Allison Rossett '68
Madeline Johnson Stein '68
Susan Smyth Shenker ’69
Joycellen Young Auritt ’71
Lois Haber ’71, '16H
Susan Saxer '71
Ellen August-Templeton '78, '85M
Nancy Harris Wright ’78
Margaret Wright Steele ’80
Audrey O. Reynolds ’85
Laura Fisher Korman ’89
Linda Vandegrift Gazzillo ’90
Arthur (Ozzie) Berger ’91
Karen Rossi Brager ’91
Kerry Costello-Leraris ’92, '94M
William A. Meiers ’93M,’96M
*Posthumously
**Special Award
***Honorary Alumna

Young Alumni Golden Disc Award for Distinguished Achievement

Awarded to an alumna/us having graduated within the last decade, in recognition of significant accomplishments and outstanding achievements in their profession or community that greatly enhances the prestige of Arcadia University.

Adam Denish ’89
Jeff Abramowitz ’90
Jeff Weidner ’90
Lisa Chandler ’91
Amy Meyers Eveleth ’96

Jodee Fortner ’97, ’99M
Dr. Janel Boyce Rustay ’99
Christopher Ubbins ’01
Rebecca Goldstone ’01
Jamie Bradford '09, '12DPT

Nathan Hayward '06, '09MBA
Sara Accardi ’07
Heather Mazzanti McKiernan '07M
Meghann Ryan ’07M
Jessica Cuttic '13M

Sankofa Award for Distinguished Achievement

Awarded by the Black Alumni Association of Arcadia University

 

Presented to an alumnus/a of African-American/African diaspora descent who exemplifies the spirit of Sankofa. This award will be presented to a deserving graduate in recognition of their significant professional accomplishments, as well the contributions they have made in mentoring and social justice activism in the African American/African diaspora community, which greatly enhance the prestige of Arcadia University. 

 

Candace L. Griffin '13M
Octavius LaVon Blount '15

Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award

Awarded to an alumna/us having been graduated more than five years ago, in memory of Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf ’36, who dedicated herself to both her University and her community. It is presented to an alumna/us in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to Arcadia University through Alumni Association committee work and/or work as a Class Officer. Recipients must also have a record of consistent participation in The Fund for Arcadia or other philanthropic designations at the University.

Elizabeth Dunlap Broshart ’34
Helen Geller Deich ’34
Lillian S. Rankin ‘34
Wilma Haack Fowler ’35
Alberta Gladeck ’37
Ruth Clara Grant ’37
Reba Eighmey ’38
Eleanor McGlaughlin ’38
Ethel Moore Tripple ’40
Dorothy Patten Zaiser ’40
Jessie Severe Robson ’40
Marian Garrison ’40
W. Anita Schwitters Schroeder ’41
Jean Stewart Clutsam ’42
Jane Stahl Noble ’47
Babette Cranston ‘48
Jane Skinner Haines ’48
Marian Wolfinger Burdick ’49
Bette Heavener Hottenstein ’49
Margaret Srinkle Yearsley ’49
Barbara Hinchcliffe Russell ’50
Anna Laura Neidert Thompson ’50
Shirley Musson Brower ’51
Betty Tomlinson Lebegern ’51
Patricia Rittenhouse ’51
Lillian Howarth Pagano ’52
Joan Bachman ’53
Joanne C. Romano ’54
Peg Johnson Sutor ‘54
Carol W. Young ’54
Elsa-Lu Greenblatt Berkowitz ’55
Joan Peppelman Clougherty '55
Martha-Lee Taggart Sunderman ’55
Harriet Swoyer Horner Baisch ’56
Ruth Denker Campopiano ’56
Patricia Darling Kile ’56
Nora Hegedus Sztaray ’56
Rosemary Deniken Blankley ’57, '06H
Emma Jane Murphy Burns ’57

Eleanore Perrine Cox ’57
Jean Stout Fletcher ’57
Shirley Renninger Cressman ’58
Joan Ottaway Gurniak ’58
Shirley Kern Streeter ’58
Loli Jaeger Lindstrom ‘59
Lillie Ludman ’59
Mary Lou Pickell Nelson ‘59
Faye Senneca ’59
Nory Berman Block ’60
Barbara (Bobbie) Steffa Clayton ’60
Marianna Harder Peckman ’60
Elizabeth Holton Weiss ’60
Suzanne Decker Fenimore ’61
Eva Oehrle Fronk ‘61
Ann Simonin Grebe ‘61
Lynn Kronenberg Berman ’62
Wilma Maxwell Gray '62
Joyce Barr ‘63
Merle Arbogast Chorba '63
Barbara Weathers Johns ’64
Margaret A. Lees ’64
Linda Mann ‘64
Susan Patt Mountz ‘64
Judy Vasile ’64
Pelley Sablove Brown '65
Doreen Booth Faulkner '55
Carol Manikin ’65
Carol Toner Shane ’65
Tina Talarico Brick ’67
Elisabeth Mackerell Ruch ’67
Thora T. Easton ‘68
Babette Senker Krug ’68, '81M
Anne Pilert ’68
Madeline Johnson Stein ’68
Heather Fleming Tucker ’68
Susan Rodgers Fleming ’69
Susan Smyth Shenker ’69
Sandra McCall ’70

Madelyn Waxman Lesure ’71
Elsa Larsen Vernon ’71
Pamela Martin-Molina ’73
Monique Miller '73
Marie Duke Murphy ’73
Janet St. Amand ‘75
Karen Schwartz Scheiner ’76
Rachel Bogatin '77
Mary Beth Hadley ’77
Maryalice Mazzara, Ed.D. ’77
Ellen August Booth ’78, '85M
Cheryl Wilks Scherbner ’78
Andrew Burdan ’81
Marilyn Rose ’83
Brigid Gallagher ’84 ’86 M
Paul Van Thuyne ’84 MSPT
Paul Schleich ’85
Eunice Wick ’86
Jenny Connolly ’87
Kathleen Griffin Hilty ’87
David Forbes ‘88
Robert Jacobs ’88
Kimberly Sterner ’88
Alice Jacobs ‘89
Laura Fisher Korman ’89
Lisa Pergolizzi-Brock ’90
Linda Vandegrift ’90
Karen Rossi ’91
Arthur (Ozzie) Berger ’91
Donna Segner Levan ’93, '95M, '03DPT
William Meiers ’93M, ’96M
Joseph Rodriguez ’94
Chritine Thomas Hewitt ’95
Arlene DeLeon ’97, ’05 M
TaraJean Tweddle Trzaskawka ’98
Donelle Brotz ’01, ’05M
David Paone '04, '09MEd
Meghan Makar '07

Class Officer Award

Awarded to class officers during years in which their class celebrates a milestone reunion (every five years) in recognition of consistent dedication and service to Arcadia University on behalf of their class. Recipients are nominated by their classmates in appreciation of their thoughtful and creative efforts to both bring their classmates together and encourage continuous loyalty to their alma mater. Recipients must also have a record of consistent participation in The Fund for Arcadia or other philanthropic designations at the University, and cannot have previously received the Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf or Golden Disc Awards.

Wilma Haack Fowler ’35
Alberta Gladeck ’37
Ruth Grant ’37
Eugenia Rothwell Gray ’38
Eleanor Teague McGlaughlin ’38
Marjorie Groves Schweitzer ’38
Marion Garrison ’40
Virginia McGinnes Mullinix ’40
Jessie Severe Robson ’40
Ruth Hill Thomson ’40
Helen Campbell Ames ’41
Edna Nelson ’41
Harriet Wendell ’41
Marjorie Aldrich Bowers ’42
Mary Berlin Benjamin ’43
Virginia Henson Mechling ’43
Marjorie Williams Purcell ’43
Elizabeth Hartey Magagna ’44
Babette L. Cranston ’48
Carol Ranger ‘48
Betty Hottenstein ’49
Margaret Yearsley ’49
Barbara Bronson Danziger ’50
Jeanne Bertolet Steinruck ’50
Anna Laura Neidert Thompson ’50
Jane Hellyer Vasile ’50
Virginia (Ginny) Haist ’51
Lucille LaMorgesse Downs ’52
Barbara Jones Earle ’52
Nancy Parke ’52
Joan Heil Prall ’52
Megan Helffrich Steinmetz ’53
Rosemary Steunenberg-Laporte ’53
Sally Felton Butterworth ’54
Ruth Weber High ’54
Loretta Parker Liljestrand ‘54
Paula Berrino Livingston ’54

Nancy Banks Mills ‘54
Margaret Johnson Sutor ’54
Joan Christopher Aliotta ’55
Elsa-Lu Greenblatt Berkowitz ’55
Joan Peppleman Clougherty ’55
Leah Kresge ’55
Ann Cornell Swalm ’55
Harriet Baisch ’56
Elinor Towell Chevalier ’56
Montana Kresge Pratt ’56
Emma Jane Burns ’57
Shirley Radcliff Momiyama ’57
Edith Hall Neal ’57
Freda Friz Schopfer ’57
Clementine Klein Brodsky ’58
Barbara Jones Sibley ’58
Jane Lewis Grove '59
Lolita Jaeger Lindstrom ’59
Shirley Canning Scatcherd ’59
Doris Bock Worts '59
Ann Grebe ’61
Suzanne Decker Fenimore ’61
Eva Oehrle Fronk ’61
Ann Simonin Grebe ’61
Anne Willis Newman ’61
Lynn Kronenberg Berman ’62
Janet Copeland Zinman ’62
Diane Actman ‘63
Gail Nazzaro Biggs ’63
Merle Chorba ’63
Barbara Weathers Johns ’64
Elizabeth Weathers Kaspar ’64
Bonnie McDowell Lasky ‘54
Margaret Lees ’64
Linda Mann ’64
Judy McCarthy Gielow ’65
Carol Ibbotson Manikin ’65

Carol Toner Shane ’65
Gail Agerton ‘67
Charlotte A. Ehlig ’68
Linda J. Marple ’68
Barbara Kelly Breeden '69
Helen Bosley ‘69
Christina Hill Connell ‘69
Emily Solomon Farrell '69
Cheryl Hopkins Damico ’70
Arlene Johnston ’72
Agnes Slevin Mauro ’73
Mary Pacioni Alderfer ’73
Pamela Bilyieu Coombs ’77
Vernita Parris ’78
Fay Fastige Ferguson '79
Patricia Mayr Moore ’79
Georgia Crozier ’80
Merri Bender Brown ’81
David Eatough ’84
Bonnie Goldblum Fiorentino ’87
Jennifer Cook Raposelli ’87
Kevin G. Shollenberger ‘88
Jill Buchbinder ’90
Linda Helbig Coceano '93
Frank Daiutolo ‘93
Karen Woodeschick Orkin ’96
Jonathan Greskiewicz '99
Tricia Kershner Luddecke ’00
Amanda Schorle ’01
Corinne Royer Greskiewicz ’02
Megan Corcoran ’06
Amber LaJeunesse Silverberg ’06
Kevin Hughes '07
Anthony Champi ‘09
Barry Hendler '09
Robert Migliaccio '13

University Alumni Awards

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Arcadia University Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes student-athletes, teams, coaches, staff, administrators, and faculty who excelled on the field of play, helped foster the continued success of student-athletes, or made an indelible mark on the Department of Athletics.

Past Hall of Fame Inductees

Gillem-Bartoli Alum Award for Contributions to Social Justice

Presented by the Counseling program, this award was created to honor the work of Dr. Eleonora Bartoli, professor of Psychology, and Dr. Angela Gillem, professor emerita of Psychology. The award recognizes alumni who have advanced social justice through their work and practice.

 

Dr. Radhika Sehgal '99M
Dr. Kristen Bertsch '07M