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2002 Alumni Achievement Awards - 50 Years of Recognition

The Muhlenberg College Alumni Association is pleased to honor eight members of the Muhlenberg community with Alumni Achievement Awards. This year marks the 50th Annual Alumni Achievement Awards, presented during Reunion Weekend in May. These distinguished individuals join 263 past recipients and are recognized for the success they have achieved and the dedication and vital support they provide to the College.

For Distinguished and Exceptional Service to Muhlenberg College

Christopher Hooker-Haring '72 returned to his alma mater in 1987 to join the admission staff. He is now the dean of admission and financial aid at Muhlenberg, and during his tenure the admission staff has seen nine straight rises in applications, including six straight records. Muhlenberg has also seen a dramatic rise in both admissions selectivity and yield. In the past six years, under Hooker-Haring's leadership, the College's acceptance rate of applicants has dropped from 75 percent to 35 percent, vaulting Muhlenberg into the "highly selective" category in all major college guidebooks.
Hooker-Haring was also instrumental in the transition to Muhlenberg's SAT-optional program and has become a national spokesperson for SAT-optional programs. He is widely sought after as a speaker and expert source on issues including SAT-optional programs, early decision success and general admission and financial aid policies. Hooker-Haring's opinion pieces on a variety of admission issues have appeared in newspapers across the country.
In 1996 Hooker-Haring won the Student Council Award for service to students by a member of the faculty, management or staff. In 2000, he won the Chairman's award. Hooker-Haring remains involved in student programming on campus. He works closely with student admission
interns and has volunteered for various alumni and career activities. His wife Jan (Hooker) is a member of Muhlenberg's class of 1975.

Distinguished and Exceptional Attainments in Life

The two recipients of the award for Distinguished and Exceptional Attainments in Life are Shirley Kistler Baker '65 and Sam Stovall '77.
As the dean of university libraries and vice chancellor for information technology at Washington University, St. Louis, Kistler Baker has expanded and enhanced the university's library services.
Baker heads the Olin Library, which circulates 300,000 books a year and manages a staff of 130. Baker has been employed at WU since 1989 and oversees 10 of the university's 14 libraries. Baker has been a pioneer in combining traditional library management and operations and has worked to advance the interlibrary loan program and sharing services.
Baker has served as president of the Association of Research Libraries, has published scholarly pieces and has done international presentations.
Stovall joined Standard & Poor's in April 1989. As senior investment strategist, he has responsibility for the Monthly Investment Review and is a member of the S&P Investment Policy Committee, where he focuses on sector allocation strategies and industry recommendations. Stovall is also the author of the Standard & Poor's Guide to Sector Investing and "Stovall's Sector Watch," a page on S&P's Web site www.personalwealth.com, that identifies sector top-outs and turnarounds.
Stovall is a frequent guest on Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN-FN, as well as
other investment-oriented T.V. and radio programs.
Prior to his time at S&P, he served as editor in chief at Argus Research, Inc. an independent investment research firm located in New York City.
Stovall was a kicker on the varsity football team and a founder of the Cardinal & Grey Society. He continues to provide support to Muhlenberg's athletic programs and was instrumental in making upgrades to the athletic fields a reality.
Distinguished and Exceptional Service to the Alumni Association

John Rosenberg '63, president of the Alumni Association, presented the award for Distinguished and Exceptional Service to the Alumni Association to Walter Staehle '76. Muhlenberg's past, present and future has benefited from Staehle's dedication and volunteerism.
A former member of the varsity football team, he remains an avid supporter of the college's athletic programs and is a member of the Century Club.
Staehle is a general representative of the executive council of the Alumni Association and currently chairs the alumni trust fund committee. He has spearheaded efforts to rejuvenate this fund through marketing and reorganization to benefit the entire Alumni Association and college community. Staehle has assisted the executive committee with the comprehensive planning and execution of a number of alumni initiatives. He has volunteered for his alma mater in many capacities including the Alumni-in-the-Classroom Week program and Reunion. Staehle and his wife, Loran (Duemmel) '75 are members of the parents' council and he served on Muhlenberg's board of associates.
He is the director of manufacturing execution systems for Kraft Foods North America.

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