Alumni awards celebrate longstanding
Dr. Lee A. Graver '31 was recognized for his Distinguished and Exceptional Service to Muhlenberg College. For more than 30 years as a teacher, professor and head of the history department at Kutztown University, Graver impacted the lives of thousands of students and nature enthusiasts. Dr. Graver and his wife, Virginia, worked for years to create a beautiful nature preserve in Bath, Pa. In 1994, the Gravers generously donated this 48-acre arboretum, along with a subsequent gift in 1998 which helped the College purchase an adjoining 12.2 acres. Today, the Graver Arboretum is a place of enjoyment and research for the Muhlenberg community and the public.
The two recipients of the award for Distinguished and Exceptional Attainments in Life are Richard F. Brueckner, Jr. '71 and Harriet "Carrie" Carmichael '66.
Brueckner joined Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in 1978. He is a managing director of its Financial Services Group and Chief Operating Officer of its Pershing Division at Credit Suisse First Boston. A valuable member of the Board of Trustees at Muhlenberg since 1999, he serves on the Executive Committee, Marketing Committee, and is Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.
Carmichael is a distinguished writer and performer. She has written several books, is a published magazine and newspaper writer and continues freelance writing. Carmichael has won awards as a broadcast journalist on the NBC Radio Network. She has also appeared in many theatrical performances and Off-Off Broadway dramas. Her acting credits include television's the "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns", as well as the feature film "Heart to Heart.Com."
President of the Alumni Association, John Rosenberg '63, presented the Distinguished and Exceptional Service to the Alumni Association award to Irving J. Chasen '61. Chasen was elected to the Executive Council of the Alumni Association in 1998 and has managed to further the mission of the council and the College through his leadership and dedication. As chair of both the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and the Alumni Achievement Awards Committee, Chasen has enhanced efforts to identify, honor and recognize some of our most distinguished alumni. He is highly supportive of the Alumni Association and Council programs and events. Chasen is an independent management consultant in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
A beloved member of the Muhlenberg community, Dorothy J. Moyer received the award for Distinguished and Exceptional Service to the College by a Non-Alumnus/a. Through her dedication and generosity of spirit, Moyer was instrumental in making Moyer Hall, which opened in April 2000, a reality. The state-of-the-art academic center is named for her late husband, Dr. Forrest G. Moyer '35.
Moyer is an avid photographer and has traveled almost everywhere in the world. Her involvement in the life of the College has been a tremendous benefit to students, faculty and the greater community.
The first recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna/us Recognition Award is Susanne H. Meixsell '91, a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Career Services Committee of the Executive Council of the Alumni Association. Meixsell has been a dedicated member of the Executive Council and has contributed a great deal to career services programming and development. As assistant middle school principal at Northwestern Lehigh School District and through her volunteer work at Muhlenberg, Meixsell plays an integral part in shaping young minds.
The 2001 Undergraduate Merit Awards were presented to Adam Evans '01 and Garret Pachtinger '01. Both Evans and Pachtinger were dedicated campus leaders with strong academic achievement, and we are honored to now have them as young alumni. Evans will be attending Thomas Jefferson Medical School to pursue a combined MD/MBA program with Widner University School of Business. (Evans is not pictured with the award winners on the previous page). Pachtinger will begin his first year at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine this fall.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Donald W. Shive has touched and influenced the lives of many Muhlenberg students. He is currently head of the department of chemistry. As a dynamic professor, Shive has won multiple awards for teaching excellence and has identified and obtained funding for additional science experiences and opportunities to further enrich the Muhlenberg educational experience.
Shive was awarded the Tricorn Award for his work in designing and supervising Muhlenberg's first federal appropriation of $825,000, earmarked for the Muhlenberg Environmental Science Program. He and his wife, Louise '70, helped to found and coordinate REBCS (Research Experience in the Biochemical and Chemical Sciences), a growing organization of alumni, faculty, corporations, and friends of the College, whose purpose is to advance opportunities for dynamic science experiences at Muhlenberg. Shive has also helped to create innovative, inquiry-based science instruction through many other grants.