Distinguished and Exceptional Service
to the College by a Non-Alumnus
A 1942 graduate of Lehigh University, Abram Samuels was a guest
lecturer at Muhlenberg and Cedar Crest colleges for many years.
He presently serves on the Muhlenberg board of associates. In
1991, Samuels gifted an extensive collection of rare 19th- and
20th-century sheet music, valued at more than $1 million, to the
College's Trexler Library. Currently, he is the curator of the
Samuels Sheet Music Collection and has provided the college with
cabinets and archival items to properly house the collection.
The campus community and the greater Lehigh Valley are fortunate
to have access to this collection.
In 1959, he founded the Samuels Family Foundation devoted to philanthropic,
educational and charitable causes. Under his direction, the foundation
has provided loyal support to numerous area organizations without
limiting donor priorities.
Samuels is a former president and chairman of the board of Automatic
Devices Company in Allentown and remains active in civic affairs.
Samuels and his wife Harriet have been very supportive of many
of the departments and programs at Muhlenberg.
|Outstanding Young Alumna/us
The second annual recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna/us Recognition
Award is Sam Calagione '92, who has in a very short time established
himself as a pioneer in the microbrewery industry.
Calagione's experience began as he brewed beer at home while taking
classes for his master's in fine arts.
He later founded Dogfish Head Inc., a brewpub and microbrewery in
Rehoboth, Del. After lobbying the Delaware legislature to change state
law, permitting brewpubs to exist, the business Dogfish Head Brewing
and Eats was established in 1995. At the time, it was the first brewpub
in Delaware and the smallest commercial brewery in America. Its products
include English-style ales and porters and specialty seasoned brews.
Today, Dogfish cannot keep up with the demand from its current markets.
The business has grown and in 1997 Calagione opened a separate brewery,
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
2002 Undergraduate Merit
The 2002 Undergraduate Merit Awards were presented to Kristen DiLorenzo
'02 and Elias Saratovsky '02. Both DiLorenzo and Saratovsky were
dedicated campus citizens and leaders.
DiLorenzo graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in philosophy/political
thought. Her leadership talents were seen in her positions as student
council liaison to the board of associates and president of Delta
Zeta sorority among many other activities. She served as a student
advisor, tour guide and member of the Cardinal Key Society. DiLorenzo
was a Dana Scholar and an intern in the Office of Presidential Personnel
at the White House. She rounded out her college experience as a
member of the choir and theatre association and played on the varsity
tennis team for two years.
As president of the student body, Saratovsky has gained the respect
and admiration of the entire campus community. His leadership abilities
have enabled him to serve as the student representative to the board
of trustees, the board of associates and the executive council of
the Alumni Association. Saratovsky is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon
fraternity and served on the College judicial board. He majored
in political science and Russian studies and is fluent in Russian.