Riding a motorcycle across a continent to raise awareness of the devastating impact of disease, working to achieve diplomatic solutions to international problems, and dedicating time and expertise to improve the minds, bodies, and spirits of fellow Americans are just a few of the virtues on display during the upcoming Marietta College Alumni Award ceremony scheduled for Homecoming Weekend.
At 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, during the Marietta on the Mall celebration, the Alumni Association annual awards will be presented to a dozen special Pioneers whose accomplishments not only bring great credit upon themselves, but upon their alma mater as well.
“There’s nothing quite like the excitement and energy that comes with welcoming these outstanding alumni back to campus,” said Hub Burton, Associate Vice President for Advancement. “Every year, it’s such a privilege to meet them and greet them and present their inspiring stories as wonderful examples of what can be achieved with the power of a Marietta College degree.”
The Alumni Association partners with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to also honor outstanding student-athletes and sports champions as a way to connect future members of The Long Blue Line with outstanding role models whose achievements and experiences serve as worthy goals and objectives for the next generation of graduates.
This year’s class includes such outstanding young alumni as Salvador Carlucci ’02. After learning about the impact of disease on populations around the world thanks to an early career path with a major pharmaceutical company, he has dedicated himself to riding his motorcycle across the Americas and Africa to bring attention to the plight of those facing such debilitating illnesses as malaria.
Joining Salvador as an outstanding young alumna is Tara Van Ho ’00, a project associate with an international business and human rights project, who conducts research on issues in Kosovo, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. She advises both intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and will join in the festivities visiting all the way from the United Kingdom.
In the Distinguished Alumna category, Barbara Chandler-Wright ’77 returns to campus. A longtime educator with a background in social work and counseling, she is currently working with Fayette County Children and Youth Services.
The Distinguished Alumnus award will be presented to Shawn Talbott ’89 in recognition of his contributions to the effort to promote a healthier lifestyle for all Americans. A nationally known health educator and nutritionist, he was invited to the White House to participate in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity.
The Liz Tribett Service Award recognizes the volunteer work of Martin “Marty” Huff ’86 and Larry Stoltzfus ’86 on behalf of the Petroleum Engineering Department while the Marietta Alumni Admission Program Service Award goes to Ellen Carr ’60 for her efforts on behalf of the College in the recruitment of students. Lauren Currie ’13 is the recipient of the MCAA Community Service Award honoring a graduating senior for their work in volunteering in and around Marietta.
Finally, the Hall of Honor will welcome three new inductees. The highest award presented by the MCAA, it celebrates those who have made outstanding contributions to their industry, community, and alma mater. This year’s Class of 2013 includes well-known political commentator Rich Galen ’68, Robert M. Walsh ’62, an internationally recognized entrepreneur and humanitarian, and the late Denzil Prather ’47, the first graduate of the College’s Petroleum Engineering program.
The Marietta College Alumni Association welcomes nominations for the awards program for 2014 and invites all Pioneers to visit http://longblueline.marietta.edu/ for more information.