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Juniata College Honors Five Alumni

(Posted June 12, 2003)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College presented five alumni-related awards Saturday, June 7 during Alumni Assembly, part of "Juniata College Alumni Weekend 2003: More Than a Memory." Hummelstown resident and emeritus member of the Juniata College board of trustees, Robert E. Wagoner was awarded the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award; Lewes, Del. resident Harriet Windsor, Secretary of State for Delaware, received the Alumni Achievement Award; Dillsburg, Pa. resident Jennifer Wade received the Young Alumni Achievement Award; and Laurel, Md. resident Dr. Wayne Meyers, chief of mycobacteriology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, received the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award.

In addition, Dr. Bradley J. Miller, a Reedsville resident and a doctor at Family Health Associates in Belleville, Pa., received the 2003 Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award at the ceremony.

Harriet Windsor, a 1962 graduate of Juniata and Delaware Secretary of State since 2001, supervises eight divisions of Delaware?s Department of State, including Archives, Art, Banking, Corporations, Historical and Cultural Affairs, Human Relations, Libraries and Veteran?s Affairs.

Windsor started her political career in 1993 when she was appointed director of state personnel by then-Gov. Thomas Carper. Before serving in government, she worked in several academic and administrative jobs, including dean of instruction and chair of the English Department at Delaware Technical and Community College from 1973 to 1993. From 1962 to 1973, she taught English and journalism at Seaford Senior High School.

The Millsboro, Del. native earned a bachelor's degree in English from Juniata, where she was elected to the Student Senate and performed in several theatrical productions. Windsor earned a master?s degree in 1979 and a doctorate in 1988, both from the University of Delaware. She also co-wrote the journalism text, ?Writing Skills for Technical Students.?

Windsor has received many awards for service. In 2000, she received the Order of the First State, the highest honor a governor can give to a citizen, ?for meritorious service on behalf of the citizens of Delaware.? She was named Delaware?s 1999 Mother of the Year and was inducted into the Delaware Women?s Hall of Fame in 1997. She also was named Millsboro Woman of the Year in 1989 and received the Outstanding Christian Service Award from the Sussex County Christians in 2002.

In addition to her other duties, Windsor is chair of the board of the Delaware Stadium Corporation and is a member of the Board of Pardons. She is one of Delaware?s Bond Issuing Officers and serves on the board of the Diamond State Port Corporation.

She also serves on numerous other local, state and national boards. She is a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro, where she has served as organist, choir director, church school teacher, superintendent and lay reader. She also has served on several church boards and committees.

She also is currently writing her autobiography titled, ?You Never Know Who is Watching, What They Are Seeing and What a Difference it Makes!?
Robert Wagoner, a retired executive who co-founded the Brissenden, McFarland, Wagoner and Fuccella executive search firm in 1981, earned a bachelor's degree from Juniata in 1953. He has been active as a volunteer for Juniata College since graduation and retired this year from the Juniata College board of trustees.

He was elected as alumni representative on the Juniata board of trustees in 1982 and was appointed to the board in 1985. He chaired the committee on trustees from 1987 to 1997 and currently serves as vice chair of the committee.

Wagoner has been particularly active in Juniata?s fundraising campaigns. He served as vice chair of the advancement committee and was selected to chair the $30 million Transformations Campaign, which was completed in 1996. He also served as chair of trustee giving in the $80 million Uncommon Outcomes Campaign. During his tenure on the board, he was a driving force to institute evaluations, orientation programs, retreats and statistical tracking at the college.

Wagoner began his business career as a geophysicist with Shell Oil Co. He switched careers by moving to IBM in 1961, starting as a systems engineer and working his way up to senior account marketing manager. He then served as marketing manager for Computer Sciences. He left Computer Sciences in 1972 to become vice president for Heidrick and Struggles, one of the top four international executive search firms. In 1981, he co-founded the executive search-consulting firm that includes his name. He retired from the firm in 1994.

Wagoner received the Juniata College Presidential Medallion from former president Robert Neff in 1997. He served as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Conn. and Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, Pa. He also served as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Wayne Meyers, a 1947 graduate of Juniata, earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He went on to earn a master?s degree in 1953 and doctorate in medical microbiology in 1955 from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in 1959.

After medical school and an internship in Johnstown, Pa., Dr. Meyers joined the American Leprosy Missions in 1961 and served in a one-doctor hospital in Burundi, and then in the Congo, until 1973. In Africa he worked mainly with leprosy patients and did research on leprosy, Buruli ulcer, filariasis and other infectious tropical diseases.

Dr. Meyers accepted a position in 1973 as professor of pathology at the University of Hawaii, where he also worked at the famous leprosy hospital on Molokai. Since 1975, Dr Meyers has been on the medical staff of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He began his career at the center as chief of microbiology. In 1989 he became chief of mycobacteriology.

Dr. Meyers is a former chairman of the board of directors for American Leprosy Missions, and continues to serve as a consultant to the organization. He also serves on the board of the Damien-Dutton Society for Leprosy Aid and as a consultant for the Leonard Wood Memorial (American Leprosy Foundation). He is a past president of the International Leprosy Association and a past president of the Binford-Dammin Society of Infectious Disease Pathologists.

He has published more than 300 articles on immunochemistry, infectious diseases of the tropics and leprosy. He is currently studying Buruli ulcer, a disabling disease of children in West Africa.

He received the Alumni Achievement Award from Juniata in 1985 and received an honorary degree from Juniata in 1986. He also directed Juniata biology students in summer fellowships at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Jennifer Wade, a 1988 graduate of Juniata College, earned a bachelor's degree in English and written communications. She is assistant news director for WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pa. She sets the schedules and content for three daily newscasts and coordinates special coverage packages. She also supervises the assignment desk and a staff of reporters, producers and production personnel.

She started her media career as a news writer/producer at WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pa. from 1988 to 1991. In addition, she worked as a freelance electronic graphics specialist for MBC Teleproductions in Allentown from 1990 to the present day. From 1991 to 1998, Wade worked as news producer at WNEP-TV in Moosic, Pa. She moved to the Harrisburg station in 1998 as an executive producer and was promoted to assistant news director in 2000.

Wade received a Best Newscast Emmy nomination in 2002 and received the Best Newscast Award from the Pennsylvania Public Broadcasting Association in 2001. She received a Best Newscast Emmy nomination in 2001 and won the Best Newscast Emmy Award in 2000.

Wade volunteers extensively in her community. She participates in several telethons throughout the year and has organized volunteers for Special Olympics events and the Toys for Tots program.

Wade also works with the Juniata Career Team as a volunteer and student mentor.

Dr. Miller, staff physician for Family Health Associates in Belleville, Pa. since 2001, is a graduate of Juniata College, earning a bachelor?s degree in biology in 1994. He also is an active member of the medical staff of Lewistown Hospital.

He is board-certified in family practice by the American Board of Family Practice. He also was elected to the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Hall of Fame in 2002.

Miller, an Ashville, Pa. native, earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. He also served a medical internship at Frankford Health System -- Bucks County Campus in Langhorne, Pa. He served his medical residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. from 1999 to 2001.

He is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the Mifflin County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Practice, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Philadelphia Osteopathic Medical Association.

He has been active as a Juniata alumni volunteer, helping to create the Health Professions Affinity Group and creating a ?shadowing? program for Juniata College pre-medical students at Geisinger Medical Center. He also sings with the Juniata College Choral Union.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.