2022 Alumni Award-2

B.U. Alumni Awards

Honoring the grit and determination of Huskies who are making the climb...

Every year, the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association recognizes alumni at a celebration dinner for the following awards: Maroon and Gold Excellence (Young Alumnus) Award, William T. Derricott '66 Volunteer of the Year Award, Distinguished Service Award, and/or Honorary Alumnus Award.

 

Maroon & Gold Excellence Award
Austin Edgette '18
 
Distinguished Service Award
Steven Messner '68/'70M
Wayne Whitaker Sr. '79/'95M
William T. Derricott ’66 Volunteer of the Year Award
Hakeem Thomas '17
Austin Edgette '18 bio pic


2023 Maroon & Gold Excellence Award
Austin Edgette '18

Austin Edgette is a Sr. Wholesaler Consultant at Lincoln Financial Distributors with four years of experience specializing in 401k’s and employer sponsored retirement plans. Edgette graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Ziegler College of Business in 2018 with a bachelor’s in finance and a minor in management.

Edgette  was also a member of the Bloomsburg University Baseball team where he became the program's first All-American. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants upon graduation and played with the organization for two seasons.

During his free time, Austin coaches a 14U travel baseball team and volunteers as a keynote speaker for his high school’s leadership group, as well as an alumni volunteer for Bloomsburg University. 

 

 

 

2023 Distinguished Service Award
Wayne Whitaker Sr. '79/'95M

Wayne Whitaker Sr '79/'95M

Wayne Eric Whitaker Sr. was born in New York City’s Bronx Borough and is a 1975 graduate of George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School and enrolled at Bloomsburg State College in the summer Act 101 program under the direction of Dr. Jesse A Bryan, who would become his mentor. He received his B.A. Psychology in 1979 and while Bloomsburg provided an education for Wayne, it was also where he met the love of his life and married fellow Bloomsburg Alum and social work major, Deborah DuBoyd '80. While at Bloomsburg, Wayne was an instrumental figure and one of the founders of establishing the first minority Greek organization at Bloomsburg, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, on November 7, 1981. After his time at Bloomsburg, he and Deborah relocated to Wilkes-Barre, PA to raise their four children: Wayne Jr., Warren, William, and Janice. 

Wayne began his professional career as a counselor with at-risk youth at Red Rock Job Corps center in Lopez, PA and after eight years, moved on as the assistant director of admissions/coordinator of minority recruitment in the BU Admissions office. He spent the next 23 years working to provide racially diverse students from urban geographic locations an opportunity to obtain and higher education while also experiencing the change in environment that Bloomsburg offered. He did so by using his similar experiences to build a connection with perspective students and their families. Wayne was an integral part in increasing the student population, and more importantly, infusing more racially diverse students into the Bloomsburg University community.

During his 23 years at Bloomsburg, while raising his children, Wayne completed a MS. in Instructional Technology. In 2010, he transitioned to a new role within the University as the assistant director of Retention and Diversity. Within this new role, Wayne’s responsibility shifted toward helping to ensure that students remained and progressed while at Bloomsburg University. He served as advisor for the Board of Governor’s Scholarship and for his beloved Lambda Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on campus. Wayne officially retired from Bloomsburg University in July 2020.  

Wayne currently resides with his wife Deborah, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He dedicates his time to serving God at Mount Zion Baptist Church where he currently serves as the co-chair of the Board of Deacons, Christian Education Director, Transportation Ministry Chair, and Member of the Joint Board. 


2023 Distinguished Service Award
Steve Messner '68/'70M

Alumni Award winner, Steve Messner in front of a tropical plant with burgundy and yellow flowers

Steve Messner received his BS and MA degrees from Bloomsburg University and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.  His short teaching career ended when the Lower Dauphin Schools promoted him to a high school assistant principal position. He was a school superintendent for 21 years as well as president and CEO of the Carson Long Military Academy. Among his recognitions are: Lower Dauphin Outstanding Teacher and yearbook dedication, Governor Leader Outstanding Superintendent recognition, selection as Rotary Centennial Governor and Rotary Trustees Service Above Self recognition.  He also received the Harrisburg Mayor’s Meritorious Service award and General Colin Powell’s America’s Promise recognition for bringing needed resources to more than one hundred thousand youth in the greater Harrisburg Region.

Messner has always believed in servant leadership driven by helping others as well as giving back the the communities he served. His volunteer service has been extensive and he credits Bloomsburg with helping him develop the skill sets that have been helpful throughout his lifetime.

2023 William T. Derricott ’66 Volunteer of the Year Award
Hakeem Thomas '17

Hakeem Thomas

Hakeem Thomas is a 2017 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, with a  B.A. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Digital Forensics. He is a U.S. military veteran, where he specialized in signal communications such as radio communication, satellite, and computer networks, and has nearly 20 years of information technology experience.

Hakeem is currently a Cybersecurity Manager for Netmaker Communications, LLC, serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, social engineering (SE), and policy writing, to name a few. In his spare time, he enjoys competing in various Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competitions, volunteering, and mentoring.


JOIN US!! RSVP for the 2023 Alumni Awards Celebration on June 2, 2023

Grimes Honorees

Through participation in alumni events, volunteerism and financial support of BU, we honor dedicated and loyal alumni with the recognition of Grimes Honoree, named for the late Richard E. Grimes '49, who missed only two Homecomings and not a single Alumni Day from 1949-1998. 

In appreciation for all you do the BU Alumni Association will also make a contribution to the Alumni Legacy Scholarship in your honor.

Your loyalty to Bloomsburg University goes a long way in supporting BU students! Thank you and Congratulations!

 

Kimberly Abney '09
William  Adams '88
Christina Adenuga '10
Julie Adinolfi '90
Thomas Alderfer '82
Marci Alderfer '81
Christina Anderson '08
Stephen  Andrejack '74
John Andronis '91
Michael  Anthony '86
George Antochy '79
Michelle Appel '90
Todd Argenziano '89
Lisa Argenziano '88
David Ashby '21
Kristin Austin '02
Tiffani    Balestrini '96
Robert Bartoletti '70
Daniel Bartos '72
Marion Bashore '67
Christopher Beadling '94
Edward Beishline '71
Aaron Bekisz '18
Kayla Benfer '21
Carolyn Benner '21
Ayana Bennett '10
Tyler Benson '20
Jessica Bentley-Sassaman '01
William    Benz '82
James Blockus '77
Regina Bobak '00
Michael Boguski '85
Shawn Booker '03
Gregory Bowden '01
Roland Boyle '65
John Braganini'75
Amy Brayford '91
Julianne Breiner '77
Edward Breiner '77
Thomas Brogan '03
Edwin Brouse '91
Melissa    Brown '90
Linda Brown'12
Ann Brugger '90
Michael    Bruno '92
Rochelle Burcin    '90
Mark Burke '99
John Burnett '74
Cole Camplese '96
Thomas Canfield '80
Andrew Cappelli '80
James Case '63
Brian Case'83
Joseph Catanzaro '88
Carter Chasanov    '21
Joseph Ciccarone'93
Christian Ciotti '20
Angela Ciucci '20
Elizabeth Clammer '21
Edward Coar '78
Jay Collins '07
Nathan Conroy '06
Casey Cooperman '14
Cori Cotner '00
Kevin Crane '88
Patricia Cranford '63
Angela Crossley'21
Matthew Croyle '95
Alan Dakey '73
Hedy Davis '82
Claire Day '93
Eric Deeter '09
Susan Dickinson '02
Craig Diehl '82
Angela Dipasquale '21
Frances Donahoe '84
Bernarz Donegan '63
Brian Donofry '10
Nicholas Donofry '15
Robert Dunkelberger '05
AustinEdgette '18
Nancy Edwards '77
Edward Edwards '73
April Edwards '84
John Eichenlaub '14
Felicia    Ellzy '11
Stacy Erdman '13
Erik Evans '95
Jahri Evans '07
Samuel Feehrer '78
James Ferraro '84
Debra Ferraro '84
Susan Fetterman '04
Syheed Fields '96
James Fisher '72
Sharon Fisher '13
Luke Fisher '20
Alea Floren '02
Caitlin Flynn '16
Shawn Foley '99
Donald Forbes '86
Paul Frank '85
Kathleen Frey '90
Debra Ganz '75
Stephanie Gardner '10
Zohreh Garrousian '91
David Gass '85
Eric Geedey '14
Sharon Gettel '78
Jodi Gibble '93
Brett Gibble '93
Debra Gilbert '82
Michael Gillespie '95
Nicholas Giuffre '78
Michael Glovas '86
Suzanne Glowaski '92
 
Brett Glowatski '13
Jeanie Golden '99
Geramel Gonzalez'20
Lisa Good '90
Diana Good '16
Duane Greenly '72
Susan Greenly '72
Sheryl Greiner '75
Floyd Grimm '64
Stanley Gurecki '75
Christopher Hardinger '85
Michael Harrington '85
Mark Heid '16
Jessica Heid '17
Benjamin Hendershott '15
Edward Herbener '21
Lizmeidy Hernandez '19
Deborah Hess '69
Susan Hicks '67
Joseph Hilgar '75
Dorothy Hilliard '09
Jered Hock '63
Robert Hoffman '80
Nicholas Hoffman '16
Michael  Honecker '09
Drew Hostetter '76
William Hurst '65
Scott Inch '86
Vincent James '09
Tina Johns '91
Dustin Johnson '08
Stephen Jones '83
Jonathan Jones '90
Brooke Karycki '19
Jane Kasenchakm'71
Kathleen Keehn '85
Michael Keener '81
Jay Kellett '92
Grant Kernaghan '11
Jeffrey Kile '90
Cornelius Kilgarriff '21
Jeffrey King '93
Lyza Klein '21
Stephen Kline '77
Dan Knorr '06
Brittany Knorr '14
Nathan Krizan '20
Dale Krothe '60
Thomas Kuntzleman '91
Walter Kushla '78
George Kuzo '72
Roland Lamy '91
Kenneth Lastowka '05
Nancy Lawton-Kluck '93
Jennifer Leese '93
Eleanor Lewis '98
Bonnie Lewis '09
Derek Little '94
Richard Lloyd '62
Leanne Lovice '89
Lynette Luckers '01
Robert Lynn '78
Vincent Majikas '68
John Makara '90
Kenneth Malia '74
Deborah Marie Malia '74
Keyon Mallory '06
Christina Manney '16
Kristy Marshman '01
William Martin '75
Kristin Martin '97
Alison Martin '18
John Marzano '74
Thomas Mason '84
Jim McCormack '90
Mary McCue '87
Barbara McDaniel '74
Colin McIntyre '21
Jameson McLaughlin '02
Kathleen McWilliams '70
Marshall Mehring '69
Steven Messner '70
Scott Michael '87
Lynda Michaels '88
Elizabeth Miller '17
Bonnie Minderhout '80
William  Misero '75
Ashley Montijo '21
Robert Moore '80
Katherine Mulka    '68
John Mulka '66
Cole Neff '20
Joseph Nemeth '82
Zachary Newmyer    '19
Brenda Nichols '85
John Nicodem '86
Donato Nieman '74
Brian O'Donnell    '86
Lamar Oglesby '07
Lisa Olander '91
Andrea O'Neill '06
Anthony Panuccio '87
Lisa Papageorgiou '82
Phillip Patrone  '86
Mary Kate Peckham '87
Timothy Pelton '03
Eric Pettis '83
Stephan Pettit '89
Wendy Pflugler '88
Robert Pflugler '88
John Phillips '57
Edward Piatkowski '86
Joanne Pileski '80
Brian Pinterich '92
Nicole Pinterich '91
Amanda Quinton '06
Ashton Raines '19
Renee Ramos '89
Eduardo Ramos '90
Conrado Ramos '17
Brianna Ravel '14
Sharon Reed '72
Robert Reed '68
Jacob Reed '21
David Rehrig '71
Nancy Reppy '85
Zakia Ringgold '02
Elizabeth Robison '88
Richard Rogers '77
Spencer Rogers '92
Gwendolyn Rollman '90
Barbara Romano '21
Kenneth Roszel '81
Saroya Royster '10
Paul Ruddy '78
Thomas Ruhl '78
Cynthia Ryan '83
Thomas Schaeffer '02
Alicia Schlott '14
Jeanette Schriver '86
Stephen Schultz    '83
John Scrimgeour '53
Steven Sees '89
Holly Serafini  '08
Anthony Serafini '09
Richard Shellenberger '87
Frank Sheptock '86
Lisa Sheptock '86
Ryan Shiffer '19
Laird Shively '67
Dennis Siegmann '68
Kami Silk '91
Gianni Sinatore '21
Lydia Singley '83
Kent Smeltz '85
Cameron Smith '84
Gary Smith '87
Sandra Smith '86
Larry Smith '07
Chester Snavely '70
Frank Soda '07
Meena Soleimanzadeh '97
Lisa Somers '84
Joshua Sonntag '14
James Spehrley '21
Russ Starke '97
Marc Steckel '93
Albert Steward '88
Joshua Stewart '12
John Stillo '98
Edward Stine '71
Nicholas Stoner    '21
Justin Strauss '21
Harry Strine '93
David Suitch '77
Elizabeth Swivel '84
Paul Szymonski '70
Thomas Taylor '68
Bernice    Thomas '60
Hakeem Thomas '17
Coleen Thomas '17
Jo-Anne Toccket '71
Janet Tomcavage    '80
John Trathen '71
Margaret Trathen '02
Kurt Trimarchi '94
Ron Troy '77
Jason Vavra '95
Michael  Vavra '03
Mark Vineis '94
Gregory  Viola '71
Carol Wagner '78
Timothy Wagner '74
Joanne Waldron '58
Megan Wallace '05
Laura Ward '86
Ingrid Watson '74
Thomas Weikel '69
Eugene Weller '73
John Wetzel '98
Greg Wiik '90
Mark Williams '86
Jaison Williams '93
Charles Wilson '79
Anne Wilson '79
John Wise '67
Richard Wisniewski '82
Shane Woelfel '18
John Wolak '82
Melissa Wolf '01
Marcella Woods '85
Erin Worrall '06
Douglas Wright '90
Joseph Yasinskas '06
Ashley Yeager '07
Raymond Zaborney '16
Kaitlyn  Zaloga '16
Christina Zamon '99
Lawrence Zapotocky '20
Terry Zeigler '76
Jeremy Zezza '19

 

John Phillips '57
Bernice Thomas '60
Dale Krothe '60
Thomas Engleman '61
Suzanne Vannan '62
Jered Hock '63
Bernard Donegan '63
Joseph Urbanski '63
Robert Foster '64
Ray Oman '64
Floyd Grimm '64
Alice Cromwell '66
John Mulka '66
Susan Hicks '67
Harry Saxton '67
Robert Gibble '68
Dennis Siegmann '68
Lee David Ball '68
Katherine Mulka '68
Thomas Lyons '68
Thomas Taylor '68
Robert Reed '68
Marshal Mehring '69
Robert Bartoletti '70
Nancy Muss '70
Michael Barnhart '70
Chester Snavely    '70
James Warnagiris '70
John Trathen '71
Brinley    Crahall '71
Jerry Morgan '71
Gregory    Viola '71
Nancy Bohr '72
Duane Greenly '72
John Franks '72
Edward Horvath '72
Neal Gray '72
Daniel Bartos '72
Peter LoGiudice    '72
Michael Meholick '72
Michael Devereux '73
Robert Lauver '73
Douglas McClintock '73
Alan Dakey '73
Edward Edwards '73
Ann Turnbach '73
William Tierney    '73
Stephen Andrejack '74
Nancy Chiado '74
Pamela Gray '74
Barbara McDaniel '74
John Carroll '74
Joseph Jacques '74
Timothy Wagner '74
Donato Nieman '74
John Marzano '74
Robert Meeker '75
Randall    Watts '75
George Miller '75
John Braganini '75
Terry Zeigler '76
Drew Hostetter '76
Robert Rupp '77
James Blockus '77
Robert Muir '77
Richard    Rogers '77
Nancy Edwards '77
Julie Breiner '77
Edward Breiner '77
Matti Prima '77
Harland Shoemaker '78
Samuel Feehrer '78
Edward Coar '78
Paul Ruddy '78
Robert Twaddell  78
Nicholas Giuffre '78
Thomas Ruhl '78
Walter Kushla '78
Sharon Gettel '78
Lois Kushla '78
Richard White '78
Raymond  Supper '78
John Eichenlaub    '78
Walter Savitts '78
James McMenamin    '78
Anne Wilson '79
Janet Tomcavage    '80
Ann Roslevich '80
Andrew Cappelli '80
Thomas Canfield   '80
Robert Moore '80
Michael Keener  '81
Scott Feinstein  '81
Thomas Kresch '81
Michael Huben '81
Joseph Nemeth '82
Craig Diehl '82
Lisa Bernhard '82
Michael Sullivan '82
Kevin Kerrigan '82
Thomas Alderfer '82
 
William Benz '82
Anthony DiValerio '82
Richard  Wisniewski '82
Brian Case '83
Ann Case '83
Jeffrey Smith '83
Mike Alexander '83
Eric Pettis '83
Stephen    Jones '83
Elizabeth Swivel '84
Thomas Mason '84
Raymond    Nolen '84
Kent Smeltz '85
Eric Smith '85
Henry Haidacher '85
Michael Boguski  '85
David Abert '85
Diane English '85
Julie Volpe '85
Robert Schwalm '85
Marcella Woods '85
Nancy Reppy '85
Brenda Nichols '85
Donald Forbes '86
Michael Dubbs '86
Ted Peckham '86
John Riley '86
Scott Inch '86
Michael Glovas '86
Michael Anthony '86
EdwardvPiatkowski '86
Phillip Patrone  '86
Mark Williams '86
Marvin Metzger '86
Scott Michael '87
Brian O'Donnell '87
Daniel Klingerman '87
Mary Kate Peckham '87
Matthewv Zoppetti '88
Lynda Michaels '88
Lance Diehl '88
William    Adams '88
Joseph Catanzaro '88
Kevin Crane '88
Susan Kocher '88
Lisa Argenziano '88
James Kwortnik '88
Gwen Raifsnider    '88
Eric Slingerland '88
Laurie Wallace-Theisen '89
Steven Sees '89
Todd Argenziano    '89
Jeffrey    Kile '90
Kathleen Frey '90
Timothy    Pritchard '90
Greg Wiik '90
Julie Adinolfi '90
Stephanie Kindt '90
Eduardo    Ramos '90
Rochelle Burcin '90
John Makar'90
James McCormack    '90
Lisa Olander '91
Janet Hutchinson '91
Amy Brayford '91
Susan Dillmuth-Miller '91
Denise Wiik '91
R Mark Moore '91
Edwin Brouse '91
Paul Nasrani '91
Tina Johns '91
Robert Miller '92
Juli Miller '92
Suzanne Glowaski '92
Amy Cunningham '93
Joseph Ciccarone '93
Christina Force    '93
Jodi Gibble '93
Marc Steckel '93
Jeffrey King '93
Jaison Williams '93
Karin Kahler '94
David Yost '94
Karin Kane '94
Carleen Mulholland '94
David Horvath '94
Mark Vineis '94
Albert Phillip Ries '95
Michael Gillespie '95
Erik Evans '95
Matthew Croyle '95
Gregory Orth '95
Jason Vavra '95
Audrey King '96
Christine Zalewski '96
Anna Bickert '96
Kimberly Olszewski '96
Syheed Fields '96
Chester Henicl  '96
Madelyn Rodriguez '98
Jennifer Horvath '98
Mary Jean Rosini '98
 
Eleanor Lewis '98
John Wetzel '98
Jeanie Golden '99
Nancy Vasta '99
Catherine Zavacki '99
Mary Murphy-Kahn '99
Christopher Peck '00
Kristy Marshman '01
April Metzger '01
Gregory  Bowden '01
Melissa Wolf '01
Charles Bitner '01
Roxana Zoppetti  '01
Janel Demeter '01
Brent Beiler '02
Pamela Eisenhart '02
Thomas Schaeffer '02
Jennifer Grigsby '02
Crystal Skotedis '03
Craig Evans '03
Albree Boone '03
Jessica Bower '04
Susan Fetterman  '04
Nicole Hartranft '04
Robert Dunkelberger '05
Kenneth Lastowka '05
Jay Andress '05
Nathan Conroy '06
Andrea O'Neill '06
Deanna Wolfe '06
Joseph Yasinskas '06
Mark Wolf '06
Lamar Oglesby '07
Jahri Evans'07
Frank Soda '07
Jay Collins '07
Mach Meas '08
Francis Shukausky'08
Christina Anderson '08
Abigail Manns '08
Dorothy Hilliard '09
Kimberly Abney '09
Susan Decker '09
Ayana Bennett '10
Stephanie Gardner '10
Brian Donofry '10
Christina Adenuga '10
Felicia Ellzy '11
William Whipple '11
Holly Barbella '11
Debon Kolb '11
Adam Creasy '11
Linda Brown '12
Sharon Fisher '13
Ian Kennedy '13
Ian Kollar '13
Lauren Sheeler '14
Brianna Ravel '14
Jared Pajovich '14
Joshua Sonntag '14
Benjamin Hendershott '15
Asa Kelley '15
Dan Knorr '16
Nicholas Hoffman '16
Nazeer Curry '16
Raymond Zaborney'16
Jacob Kelley '16
Jessica Heid '17
Hakeem Thomas '17
Elizabeth Miller '17
Scott Hess '17
Jonathan Hedrick '17
Coleen Thomas '17
Aaron Bekisz '18
Lindsay  Cassel '18
Shane Woelfel '18
Bradley Hess '18
Stephan Pettit '19
Laura Bruaw '19
Kailey Morris '19
Ashton Raines '19
Ryan Shiffer '19
Jeremy Zezza '19
Jennifer Monser    19
Christian Ciotti '19
Alisha Wein '19
Lizmeidy Hernandez '19
Elizabeth Clammer '21
Colin McIntyre '21
Gianni Sinatore '21
Angela Ciucci '21
Chad Cooperman '21
Angela DiPasquale '21
Cornelius Kilgarriff '21
Dana Sheply '21
Barbara Romano '21
David Ashby '21
Brandi McDonald '21
Jacob Reed '22
Kristen Robinson '22
Nicole Stickel '22
Megan Beck '22
Anna Horn '22
Cameron O'Neill'22

 

Maroon and Gold Excellence Award (Young Alumnus Award)

Maroon and Gold Excellence Award recognizes alumni who have graduated at least two years prior, but within the past 15 years; have met one or more criteria for the Distinguished Service Award (above); and have demonstrated outstanding potential for further contributions. Candidate must have completed at least 24 credits at Bloomsburg University and their class must have graduated at least two years prior to being nominated. (Eligible Class Years 2008-2020).

2000: James E. Holland '78
2001: Susan M. Dallabrida '63 Lawrence J. Mussoline '79
2002: John C. Gross '81 Richard A. Diliberto '82 Eduardo A. Ramos '90
2003: Chesley A Moroz '81 * Sandra Serafin '79
2004: Henry B. Haitz, Ill '86
2005: Paul J. Clifford '96
2008: Gary Groenheim '91 2009 Ivonne Gutierrez Bucher '91
2010: Dr. Vincent Urick '01, Bonnie Adams '96 
2011: Brian Kovatch '96 
2012: Lynette Luckers '01 
2013: Kristin Mock Austin '02, Michael Smith '01 
2014: David J. Marcolla '00, Kristi Telschow '05 
2015: Greg Bowden '01, Craig Evans '03
2016: Rachel Vazquez Troychock '03, Zachary Pearce '11  
2017: Nazeer Curry '16, Gwen Wiscount '09 
2018: Adrienne Mael ‘08 
2019: Leeann M. Koch '10/'17 AuD
2020: Lamar Oglesby '07, Elizabeth Miller '17
2021: Kathleen Moneghan '10/'15M
2022: Salim Weldon ’08

2023: Austin Edgette '18

1985: Richard S. Benyo '68, Doug Hippenstiel '68 
1986: Jane Elmes-Crahall '72, Robert E. Boose '68 
1987: Eileen M. Albetson Chapman '67 Elzar Camper, Jr. '70 
1988: A. William Kelly '71
1990: Sharon Gettel '78, Matti A. Prima '77, Mark S. Schweiker '75 
1992: John  H.  Quigley '81 
1993:  Scott  P.  Righter '84 
1994: Nancy Feher Edwards '70 1995 David A. Williams '81
1997: Barbara Hudock '75, Allison D. Watts '80 
1998: Jan Heller '77, Tim Holden '80 

Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award recognizes alumni who have graduated at least 15 years prior, have had significant accomplishments in their profession, demonstrated outstanding service to Bloomsburg University/Alumni Association, and/or have made significant contributions to humanity. Candidate must have completed at least 24 credits at Bloomsburg University and their class must have graduated at least 15 years prior to being nominated. (Eligible Class Years 2007 or Earlier).

*Denotes deceased alumna/alumnus.

2000 Charles J. "Chuck" Daly '52* Hugh M. Dempsey '70, Robert J. Gibble '68, John J. Trathen '68
2001 Glenn Lang '74, Maria Russoniello Lewis '75*, Timothy G. Wagner '74,
2002 Barry F. Feudale '72,
2003 John S. Mulka '66, Mark S. Schweiker '75,
2004 Joanne M. Cashman '70, John B. Kwasnoski '67, Joseph A. Rado '63,
2005 Edward G. Edwards '73, Doris Krzywicki Smith '56,
2006 Douglas Hippenstiel '68,
2008 Brenda Shaffer Conger '78,
2009 Lt. Col. Jody Ocker '89, Cheri Rinehart '79
2010 Grace Coleman '86/'87, Kathryn Guyer Tuoni '82
2011 Richard Agretto '77; Donald A. Watts '37*, Beverly Bradley '71,
2012 Kathleen Shanoski Mulligan '67/'69;Bette Anderson Grey '81
2013 Dr. Jon M. Andes '75, Thomas E. Storer '73,
2014 Dr. Tracey Dechert '88, Christine Tegge Bloch '89,
2015 John Chapin '85, Gary Williams '78,
2016 Joseph Hilgar '75, 2017 Aimee Metrick '98
2018 Martin Coyne ’83 Elizabeth Swivel ’84 LaRoy “Lee” Davis ‘67
2019 Kerri Donald-Sears '92
2020 Bill Bent '83, Paul Clifford '96
2021 Dennis Siegmann '68Maddy Rodriguez '95/'98M
2022: Mr. Chet Snavely ’70 and Lt. Col. Michael Kwasnoski ’95 

2023: Steven Messner '68/'70M and Wayne Whitaker Sr. '79/'95M

1970 Grace Beck '23/'40, Wesley E. Davies '1919*, Edward F. Schuyler '24*
1971 Julia Gregg Brill '1910* Clinton B. Brill 1912*
1972 William Bitner Ill '56, John E. Lavelle '41 *
1973 Boyd F. Buckingham '43*,
1974 Curtis R. English '56*,  Edwin  M.  Barton  1907*  
1975 Earl  A. Gehrig '37*,
1976 Frank J.Golder '31,Emma Harrison Burrus 1916
1977 Clayton H. Hinkel '40*, Esther E. Dagnell Via '34*,
1978 Donald T. McNelis '57, C. Stuart Edwards '41 *
1979 Jack L. Mertz '42*, William H. Selden '43 
1980 J.Harrison Morson '56, Paul C. Foote '27
1981 Elizabeth H. Hubler '31* Millard C. Ludwig 48*,
1982 Eda Bessie Beilhartz Edwards '41 *,
1983 James H. Sterner '25*, Thomas J. O'Toole '56 James B. Creasy '57*, Charles Fr. Hensley '33*
1984 Elizabeth R. Hensley '34*, Carl Stanitski '60 Frank Furgele -52,
1985 Conrad L. Stanitski -60,
1986 Lee R. Beaumont a€- 43, Richard F. Lauz '52
1987 Sarah James Dymond34*, Paul L. Conard '64
1988 Harriet Kocher -39, John W. Thomas '47
1989 William W. Hummel '47, Emory W. Rarig Jr. '51, Frank M. Taylor '43
1990 James J. Gallagher '64, Francis A. "Red" Garrity '28*, Jevita C. McCauley '54
1991 Sara Marie Dockey Edwards- 44, Francis R. Johnson a€-50, Rod C. Kelchner 56
1992 Richard E. Grimes- 49* John E. Kosoloski Jr. '55, Arthur K. Wark '38*,
1993 John Wool '56, A. Louise Campbell Kline '59, Ben C. Duke '53,
1994 Eileen Albertson Chapman '67 Patricia Szakulun Novotney '67,
1995 Phyllis B. Mundy '70, John S. Scrimgeour '53,
1996 Mary Lou Fenstemaker, John '45 Richard R. Lloyd '62,
1997 Mary Anne Majikas Klemkosky '59 Wayne Von Stetten '50
1998 Carol Ann McCracken Hontz '65 Daniel J. Tearpock '70,
1999 James H. McCormick, Maryan McCormick

1948 John Gilbert Connor 1883*, Francis B. Haas*, Daniel W. Litwhiler  1838  
1949 Lindley H, Dennis 1899*, Ida Sitler 1905* 
1950 Carrie Clark Myers 1905*, George E, Pfahler 1894*, William Boyd Sutliff 1891 *,
1951 Car­ roll D. Champlin 1906*, ldwal H. Edwards 1914*
1952 Florence Hess Cool 1888*, Mary A. Good 1897/1903*, Heister V, Hower, 1881 *, Harry 0. Mine 1888*
1953 Albert K. Aldinger 1904*, John E. Bakeless 1913*, Nellie M. Denison 1913*,
1954 Bernard J. Kelley 1913*, Jesse Y. Shambach 1905*,
1955 E. Joe Albertson 1901 *,  Howard C. Fetterolf  1910*, Miles I. Kilmer 1900 & 1901 *
1956 Alfaretta Stark Wilner 1912* Robert F. Wilner 1909*
1957 J. A. E. Rodriguez  1907* Katherine Bakeless Nason 1918* William D. Watkins 1908*,
1959 Nan R. Jenkins 1917*, William C. LeVan 1904*, Henry J. Warman 1832* 
1960 Verna E. Jones '35, Dorothy L. Schmidt '29 & '34*
1961 Frank C. Laubach 1901 *,
1962 Fred. W. Diahl 1909*, Elna H. Nelson 1911 *,
1963 Kimber C. Kuster 1913*, Glenn A. Oman '32*
1964 Harvey A. Andruss Sr.* Howard F.Fenstemaker '1912* Marguerite Kehr*,
1965 H. Keffer Hartline '20*, 1969 Vera Hemingway Housenick 1905* 
1966 Katherine Little Bakeless 1915*- 1918* James V. DeRose-39*,
1967 Ruth Hutton Ancker, 
1968 J. Alfred Chiscon '54, Elwood M. Wagner '43* 

*Denotes deceased alumna/alumnus

William T. Derricott Volunteer of the Year

William T. Derricott Volunteer of the Year recognizes alumni who, through their volunteer contribution of time and talent on behalf of the BU Alumni Association, supports the mission of Bloomsburg University and exemplifies the esprit de corps of Bloomsburg University to those around them.

2012 Nelson Swarts '63
2013 Lynne Homiak '83/'00 MBA
2014 Michael R. Gillespie '95
2015 Ted Hodgins '87
2016 Crystal Skotedis '03
2017 Marc Steckel '93
2018 Duane Greenly ‘72
2019 Juli Miller '92
2020 John Wetzel ’98
2021: Kimberly T. Abney '09 
2022: Mr. Thomas Mason ’84. MBA

2023: Hakeem Thomas '17

Honorary Alumni Award

Honorary Alumni Award recognizes special individuals who, while they did not attend or graduate from Bloomsburg University, have played a significant role in the life of the university and by their generous and caring spirit have set an example for all BU alumni to follow. Candidate cannot have attended or graduated from Bloomsburg University. Current Faculty/Staff members are not eligible for consideration.

1985 Walter S. Rygiel*
1986 Tony "The Baker" Cusatis*
1987 Patricia McDowell-John J. McDowell Ill*
1988 Patrick Haggerty* Howard McKinnon
1989 Elizabeth H. Levan*
1990 Kenneth Gross, Harry D. Jenkins*
1991 Jan Hutchinson
1992 John A. Hoch Sr.*
1993 Linda J. Long
1994 Rev. Robert Peiffer, John L. Walker
1995 Elbern H. "Ed" Alkire Robert D. "Doc" Warren
1997 Anthony M. laniero
1998 Jesse Bryan*, Marilyn Muehlhof
1999 James H. McCormick Maryan McCormick
2000 Hank Bailey, Andrew Pruden
2001 Thomas A. Davies, Danny Hale
2002 Janet L. English, Peg Ziegler Trathen
2003 Charles W. Chronister, Burton T. Reese
2004 Carole Derricott
2005 Robert Dunkelberger
2007 Jessica S. Kozloff, Stephen R. Kozloff
2008 Joseph J. Mowad
2009 H. Preston Herring*, Chang Shub Roh
2010 Roy Smith
2011 James Pomfret
2012 Irvin Wright
2013 Ed Rush
2015 James Cole
2016 Maria Cannon
2017 David Soltz & Roberta Soltz '17H
2021: Anthony Sylvester '21H
2022: The Honorable Mary Jane Bowes '22H

illustration of Carver Hall

2023 Recipients

Screenshot of the video title slide showign Hakeem Thomas '18 speaking to a room of students
Click to play the video
2023 William T. Derricott '66 Volunteer of the Year
Hakeem Thomas '17
Screenshot of the video title slide showign Austin Edgette with two children.
Click to play the video
2023 Maroon and Gold Excellence Award
Austin Edgette '18
Screenshot of the video title slide showign Steve Messner '68/'70M (R) with his wife sitting at a table.
Click to play the video
2023 Distinguished Service Award
Steve Messner '68/'70M

2023 Recipients

Screenshot of the video title slide showign Wayne Whitaker (far right) with three other men at a recent Homecoming celebration.
Click to play the video
2023 Distinguished Service Award
Wayne Whitaker '79/'98M

For questions, contact