2007 Alumni Award Recipients
Award Recipients (first row l-r): Steven McElroy'95 (Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award); Mark Sloan '89 (Humanitarian Award); Henry Gibbel '57 (Alumni Achievement Award); William Alexander '66 (Alumni Service Award); and Christopher Bush '92 (Young Alumni Achievement Award)
Award Presenters (second row l-r): Dr. Debra Kirchhof-Glazier (Professor of Biology); Dr. James Lakso (Provost); Larry Bock (Director of Athletics); President Thomas R. Kepple, Jr.; and Dr. Robert Neff (President Emeritus)
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The Harold B. Brumbaugh '33 Alumni Service Award
William R. Alexander, a member of the Class of 1966, has provided selfless and unwavering service and support to Juniata with contagious energy and loyalty. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Juniata, he received a master's degree in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1972. He has served Juniata in numerous roles, including director of institutional research, business manager, assistant professor of economics and business administration, and vice president of finance and operations. William has provided crucial leadership on countless projects such as the development of Juniata’s first comprehensive master plan, establishment of a budget team advisory group, and the initiation of a special funding program. He has impacted the physical appearance and health of the campus as a key player in building, renovation, and refurbishment projects, including the von Liebig Center for Science and Halbritter Performing Arts Center. William has served his alma mater as reunion coordinator, J-Club member, and campaign volunteer. He has been instrumental in fundraising, helping to create and gain support for the Dr. Ronald L. Cherry '53 Leadership Scholarship, and he has kept Juniata’s best interests, more specifically student outcomes, at the center of all he has done.
The Alumni Achievement Award
Henry H. Gibbel, a member of the Class of 1957, has distinguished himself in his profession after graduating with a degree in Business and Management from Juniata. Only two years after graduation, Henry succeeded his father and grandfather as president and chief executive officer of Lititz Mutual Insurance Company. With his valuable experience he went on to lead affiliated companies as president, CEO, and director of the Penn Carter Mutual Insurance Company, Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Mutual Insurance Company, Livingston Mutual Insurance Company and Excess Reinsurance Company. Henry has impacted the insurance industry as chairman of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and as secretary/treasurer and president of the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. His expertise has been recognized through such honors as the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Distinguished Service Award in 1981, Professional Insurance Agents Association of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware Insurance Person of the Year in 1988, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Merit Award in 1974, and Chairman’s Award in 2004. Henry has also served his community and church in various capacities, including chairman of Brethren Village’s Board of Directors, deacon of the Lititz Church of the Brethren, board member of Mutual Aid Association Church of the Brethren, and board member of several Lititz area businesses. He has been recognized as a leader in his community with the distinguished Citizen Award for the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Trustee of the Year Award from American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Henry has also given back to his alma mater through countless volunteer roles, including Class Fund Agent, Alumni Association President, chair of two Presidential Search Committees, co-chair of the endowment portion of the Campaign for Uncommon Outcomes, and chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award
Christopher R. Bush, a member of the Class of 1992, has distinguished himself in his profession. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata, he continued his education at Boston University School of Law, graduating cum laude with a Juris Doctor in 1995. Christopher has garnered distinction in his academic career, having been named the Paul J. Liacas Scholar, G. Joseph Tauro Scholar, and Topics Editor of the Probate Law Journal. He has also been granted bar membership on both the state and federal levels. Christopher has shared his expertise with future professionals, teaching Legal Research and Writing as adjunct professor at Roger William University. He has also received assignments such as The Station nightclub fire prosecution team, and Appellate Unit of the Criminal Division through his work as Special Assistant Attorney General with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General.
The William E. Swigart, Jr. '37 Alumni Humanitarian Award
Mark E. Sloan, a member of the Juniata Class of 1989, has provided selfless service to his profession. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Juniata, he earned a Master of Theological Studies from North Park Theological Seminary and MBA from North Park College in 1999. Mark has worked for peace and justice in war-torn Sudan while stationed in Nairobi, Kenya as part of the New Sudan Council of Churches through the Church of the Brethren General Board’s Global Mission Partnerships Office. He has served with Church World Service’s Joint Voluntary Agency, helping refugees from Eastern and Southern Africa to resettle in the United States. He has also joined with the International Catholic Migration Commission and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to protect refugees and solve refugee problems worldwide, ultimately safeguarding their rights and well-being.
The Health Professions Alumni Achievement Award
Steven J. McElroy, M.D., a member of the Juniata Class of 1995, earned his Doctorate of Medicine from MCP/Hahnemann School of Medicine in 1999 and continued as a Pediatric Resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in 1999. He began his career in teaching and research as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt University in 2006. He established the Juniata College Vanderbilt Summer Scholar Program in 2006 to annually provide a Juniata premedical student with the opportunity to perform research in his laboratory as part of the Vanderbilt University Summer Science Academy and to shadow physicians in the Intensive Care Nursery at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. He has provided a positive experience for Juniata students by supporting and nurturing them in a top-notch academic and clinical environment. He has extended personal touches to encourage students after they have completed the summer experience. Stephen has served as a role model for premedical students during his years at Juniata and as an alumnus. His activities as a physician, mentor, and role model contribute to the future success of Juniata students in their efforts to become passionate and compassionate professionals.