NOMINATE A PIONEER
Do you know an outstanding alumnus/a who reflects the very best of Marietta College through significant professional accomplishments, service to the College or community or great contributions to humanity? Or a friend of the College that has done great service to or on behalf of MC?
Each year, the Marietta College Alumni Association, (MCAA), gathers at Homecoming to recognize the recipients of the following awards:
- Hall of Honor - The Hall of Honor celebrates the most outstanding accomplishments of Marietta College alumni. Members exemplify extraordinary characteristics that reflect the very best of the Marietta experience by accomplishments in their profession, service to the College, service to their community and/or contribution to humanity. Induction in the Hall of Honor is the highest honor bestowed by the Marietta College Alumni Association.
- Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award - Presented to an alumnus/alumna who has achieved significant accomplishments, made outstanding contributions in his or her field or has distinguished himself or herself through service to the community, state, or nation.
- Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award - Presented to an alumnus/alumna who has graduated 15 years ago or less, who has made significant accomplishments in business or professional life and/or who has rendered outstanding service to the College or the MCAA.
- Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award - Presented to an individual who is not an alumnus/alumna, but has given specific and meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of the College and the MCAA.
- Liz Tribett MCAA Service Award - Presented to anyone considered deserving of recognition for service to Marietta College.
If you know a deserving Pioneer, please nominate them today!
Award Nomination Process
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your nomination for one of the awards. Your nomination will be forwarded to the MCAA Board for consideration. Thank you for taking the time to help strengthen The Long Blue Line!
2018 Award Winners
Hall of Honor — Laura Baudo Sillerman ’68 and Rob Dyson ’68
Laura Baudo Sillerman, president of The Tomorrow Foundation, has excelled as a poet and writer since early on after graduating from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Much of her work has focused on the challenges faced by women and children. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications in print and online.
She has served on a variety of boards and committees, including as a Chairman of the Education Committee and the Gilder Graduate School of The American Museum of Natural History, as a member of the Board of Trustees of Harlem Academy and PEN America and as a member of the advisory boards of Stony Brook University’s Southampton Campus, The Southampton Writers Conference, and The Southampton Review, as well as the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets.
Along with her husband, Robert F.X. Sillerman, she is a founder of The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University, where she has served as a consultant to the Center. She is also the co-founder of The African Poetry Fund and Book Series with poet Kwame Dawes and the underwriter of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She was also a founding Board member and the poetry editor of Women’s Voices for Change.
Laura’s contributions to society are long and impressive, and also include being a member of the advisory committee for the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y for a decade and a judge of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Laura is a Life Associate Trustee and was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007. She partnered with Robert Dyson ’68 to provide the lead donations to build the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center and Legacy Library at Marietta College. Laura is also a member of the Erwin Academy Putnam Associates for her history of financial support at Marietta.
Robert “Rob” Dyson has enjoyed a wide range of business interests and responsibilities over the years, including his role as Chairman and CEO of the Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation — a privately owned, diversified investment holding company that was founded by his father, Charles H. Dyson, in 1954.
Rob has also led the Dyson Foundation as President since 2000, distributing approximately $13,500,000 in grants annually. For decades, Mr. Dyson has supported Marietta College through his generous donations for additions to campus, scholarships and the annual fund. His support of his alma mater — which included a lead gift for both the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center and the Legacy Library — has transformed the student experience for thousands at Marietta College. Mr. Dyson is also a member of the Erwin Academy Putnam Associates for his history of financial support at Marietta.
The role of a community leader is one that has come naturally to Rob. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Marietta College, Cornell University and Marist College. His board experience also extends to healthcare, and includes a stint as a board Chair of Health Quest Systems, Inc., the parent board of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam County Hospital and Sharon (Connecticut) Hospital.
Yet another interest — and passion — of Rob’s is Dyson Racing, one of the top-rated sports car racing teams in the country. Dyson Racing has won almost all of the major professional International Motor Sports Association sanctioned races in the country, and he has twice garnered overall wins driving in the prestigious Daytona 24 Hour competition.
Rob earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Marietta College and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. In 2004, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Marietta College.
Distinguished Alumna — Peg Howell ’77 and Alumnus — Dr. Thomas Kaminski ’84
Peg exemplifies this award, as she has worked for years in the energy industry and was the first women petroleum engineer to drill oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1994 she started the Howell Consulting Group to serve as a business consultant and leadership coach to Fortune 500 companies and spends a great deal of time working to educate legislators on why Atlantic coast states should not permit offshore drilling.
Tom exemplifies this award, as he has risen to be a forerunner in his field and has been recognized as a distinguished Athletic Training researcher. He is a leading expert on issues and injuries related to heading the ball in soccer and partners with the United State Soccer Federation (US Soccer) and the United Soccer Coaches Association to ensure the safety of youth soccer players.
Outstanding Young Alumna — Jessica Kelley ’07, MA ’08 and Alumnus — Nick Manson ’08
Jessica exemplifies this award, as she has risen to become a 10-time Emmy® Award winning documentary producer for Newsday Media Group in NYC. She is currently the producer for Feed Me TV where she directs her 10-person team to create “documentainment” content on Long Island’s restaurant and food scene.
Nick exemplifies this award, as he has risen to become a VP - branch manager at three Charles Schwab branches in Ohio. He currently leads a team of financial consultants in providing full-service brokerage services at the Westlake and Akron, Ohio, branches.
Liz Tribett MCAA Service Award — Les Harris ’65
Les exemplifies this award, as he was able to recruit over 95 of his Alpha Tau Omega brothers during ATOs 125th anniversary to contribute to a scholarship to honor Roger Patterson’s ’62 years of service to the College. The Roger Patterson ATO Scholarship is now given to a deserving ATO student each year.
Honorary Alumna — Debbie Lazorik
Debbie exemplifies this award, as she has dedicated over 38 years of her career to the College. She served as the athletics director for 18 years, as well as the College’s first associate professor of sports management, the chairperson of the Business & Economics Department, a head coach and a special assistant in the Office of Advancement. Under her direction, the athletics department experienced a period of unprecedented growth in athletic facilities and varsity sports offered.