Each year, Wesleyan’s Alumni Association recognizes an extraordinary group of alumni and members of the Wesleyan community with Alumni Association Awards. These awards recognize individuals who have made remarkable contributions or achievements in their professions, their communities, or the creative arts. Traditionally presented at the Wesleyan Assembly and Annual Meeting during Reunion & Commencement Weekend, the awards this year were presented virtually by President Michael Roth ’78 as part of Virtual Reunion 2021.
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by Laurie Kenney •
Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, by Susan Southard ’78, has been awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, administered by the Columbia University School of Journalism and Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
One of three annual Lukas Prizes honoring the best in American nonfiction writing, the Book Prize is given to a book exemplifying “the literary grace, commitment to serious research, and the social concern that characterized the distinguished work of the award’s namesake, J. Anthony Lukas.” The prize comes with a $10,000 award.
“I couldn’t be more honored that Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War has been included among the remarkable books of narrative journalism that have received the Lukas Book Prize since 1998,” said Southard. “And I am elated that, 70 years after the atomic bombings of Japan, the survivors’ stories have been recognized in this way.”
The judges in their citation noted, “Susan Southard’s Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War will upset you. With lean and powerful prose she describes the indescribable taking the reader almost minute by minute through the bombing of Nagasaki and then the aftermath. With thorough careful research she exposes a half-century of lies and half-truths about the reasons for the bombing and the results, even denying that radiation poisoning was real. Seventy years later, following the lives of survivors, she reaches the final chapter and at last tells the complete story. Without diatribes or polemics she leaves the reader with a resolve that such a thing must never happen again.”
by Kate Carlisle •
Guy Geyer Marcus ’13 has won the Leroy Apker award for the American Physical Society, the highest prize offered in the United States for an undergraduate thesis in physics.
Marcus is the second Wesleyan student to win the prize in three years; Wade Hsu ’10 also claimed the prestigious award. In 2008, Gim Seng Ng ’08 was a finalist for the Apker.
“This achievement naturally highlights the quality and seriousness of our undergraduates and our undergraduate program,” said Physics Department Chair Brian Stewart.
Marcus’ Wesleyan advisor was Greg Voth, associate professor of physics.
Marcus is working toward a Ph.D in theoretical physics at Johns Hopkins University. His prizewinning thesis was titled: “Rotational Dynamics of Anisotropic Particles in Turbulence: Measurements of Lagrangian Vorticity and the Effects of Alignment with the Velocity Gradient.”
by Cynthia Rockwell •
Dr. Henri Lamothe ’80, MD, CMSL, received the Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year from the New York State Association for Rural Health.
As the medical director of 22 emergency medical service (EMS) agencies in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, Dr. Lamothe ensures that the EMS providers he represents have the skills and training they need to provide emergency medical care.
Paramedic Todd Reisner, general manager of Trans Am Ambulance Service in Olean, N.Y., said of Lamothe, “He’s a very active medical director. He makes himself available to the EMS providers and his vision of a solid EMS system starts with the people who provide the services. He holds volunteer EMS providers to the same standards as the paid providers.”
In a press release, Dr. Lamothe noted that he shares the award with the EMS providers in the counties in which he serves. “We have a great EMS system and this award is a reflection of their hard work as much as anything I do as their medical director,” he said. “Without their support and professionalism, none of this would be possible.”
Lamothe, who majored in chemistry at Wesleyan, earned his medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1986.
by Cynthia Rockwell •
Josh Goldin ’00, co-founder of Alliance Consumer Growth, a New York-based private equity fund, was chosen by Forbes as one of the 25 “CircleUp Kingmakers” for his work as an investor in emerging consumer and retail companies. Forbes contributor Ryan Caldbeck described the 25 Kingmakers as “men and women whose names repeatedly arise in conversations with industry experts and consumer companies large and small… connectors, brilliant thinkers, visionaries and retailers and investors-extraordinaire.” Others on the list include Mickey Drexler, CEO of J. Crew; John Foraker, CEO of Annie’s Natural Foods; and Betsy Foster, Global VP of Whole Foods.
In describing Goldin, Caldbeck notes his passion for helping entrepreneurial companies “reach their full potential,” adding that Goldin’s firm has “developed a stellar reputation for identifying rising star brands early on, providing growth capital, and using its strong industry network and brand-building expertise to help partner companies grow and thrive.” Alliance Consumer Growth has invested in companies such as Shake Shack, Krave Jerky, Evol Foods, BabyGanics and Kriser’s Pets.
A French Studies major at Wesleyan, Goldin earned his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard. He and his wife, Jessica Ruthizer Goldin ’00, executive director of marketing at Clinique, live in New York City with their two children.
by Gabe Rosenberg '16 •
Donaldine Temple ’95, director and senior associate counsel at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, has been named one of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty” for 2013. Temple, who doubled majored in history and African-American studies, advises on legal and regulatory matters for fixed income securities. She earned her JD from Boston College Law School.
Temple also advises nonprofit, arts-oriented organizations on matters of corporate law and governance, and she is associated with both the Corporate Counsel Women of Color and the Association of Black Women Attorneys. Also an avid volunteer with nonprofits such as New York Cares, Temple told The Network Journal, “I am committed to giving back to the world more than I have taken from it.”
The Network Journal, a monthly print and online business magazine for black professionals and business owners, gives annual 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards to honor men and women under 40 years old whose professional accomplishments significantly impact their profession and who make important contributions to their communities.
by Cynthia Rockwell •
Joshua Horwitz ’91, a student at Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program was awarded the 2013 Beverly Blakeslee Hiscox ’58 Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Hiscox’s children to honor their mother’s service to Wilkes University as a trustee from 1986-2003, and first preference is given to a non-traditional student with family responsibilities. Horwitz is pursuing his master of arts in creative nonfiction, studying memoir under his mentor Beverly Donofrio ’78, author of Riding In Cars With Boys (1992) and, most recently, Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace (2013). Horwitz’s work-in-progress, titled Once Upon a Mania, explores a week-long sleepless manic episode he entered while completing his senior thesis at Wesleyan which then exploded into bipolar disorder. The book follows his descent into mental illness, homelessness, and his ensuing healing process.
Donofrio recalls her first meeting with Horwitz: “’Hi, I’m Joshua Horwitz. I was put into remedial English at Wesleyan, too,’ was how Joshua introduced himself to me at the low residency MFA in creative writing program where I teach. I knew he was referring to the scene in my first memoir, when I was sent to remedial English. I asked, ‘Did it help?’ and he admitted ‘Not enough. I was asked to take it again.’
“I hadn’t planned to take on a new student to mentor that semester, but I couldn’t resist, especially once I read his opening chapter. Joshua suffered through bipolar disorder, spiraled out of his mind while still at Wesleyan, later lived in an antique Chrysler next to his other car, a bulletproof BMW, in a garage in New York City, and somehow came out the other side, happily married, a craniosacral therapist, a member of a local gospel choir, and a writer. It’s a triumphant story told with humor and, at times, a wild feeling of what mania must be like, which reinforces what I already knew: There’s a lot to be said for being placed in remedial English at Wesleyan.”
by Gabe Rosenberg '16 •
Paul Dickson ’61 is the winner of the fifth annual Jerome Holtzman Award for his 2012 book, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick.
The Holtzman Award, established in 2008, is presented by the Chicago Baseball Museum to the person who “reflects the values and spirit of its Hall of Fame namesake. The honoree is selected by what is deemed to be the most significant contribution to the promotion of Chicago baseball and the preservation of its history and namesake.”
The book, collecting information and accounts from primary sources and over one hundred interviews, is an in-depth portrait of a baseball innovator, two-time White Sox owner and advocate of racial equality. As owner of the Cleveland Indians, Veeck in 1947 signed Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League.
Dickson is most recently the author of Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents, the first compilation of new words and lexical curiosities originating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. With definitions, etymology, and brief essays, each entry provides a glance at the history of the United States through the language used and invented in the past 200 years.
For more on Paul Dickson’s book on Bill Veeck see this past Wesleyan Connection story.
by Gabe Rosenberg '16 •
Jonathan Kalb ’81 is the recipient of two national awards for his recent book, Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater, published by The University of Michigan Press. Kalb, professor of theater at Hunter College and doctoral faculty member at The City University of New York, won the George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism and the Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Memorial Award.
Great Lengths takes a close look at large-scale theater productions, often running more than five hours in length, which present special challenges to the artists and audiences. Recreating the experience of seeing the works, which include Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Nicholas Nickleby, the book is aimed at general readers as well as theater specialists.
The Nathan Award is awarded annually by a jury of the English Department heads of Cornell, Princeton and Yale Universities, given for an outstanding work of criticism dealing with current or past dramatic productions. Kalb shares the 2011–12 award with Puppy: An Essay on Uncanny Life by Kenneth Gross. Kalb previously won the Nathan Award in 1990–91 for his first book, Beckett in Performance, as well as articles and reviews he published in The Village Voice.
The Freedley Award was established in 1968 to honor a book of exceptional scholarship that examines some aspect of live theatre or performance.
by Lauren Rubenstein •
History major Solomon “Zully” Adler ’11 has been named a Marshall Scholar for 2013-14, an honor that will allow him to study toward a graduate degree at a British university. He is Wesleyan’s eighth Marshall Scholar, and the first since 1996.
The Marshall Scholarship was founded in 1953 in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall to commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan (the American program to help European economies rebuild after the end of World War II). Each year, up to 40 intellectually distinguished young American scholars are selected to receive full financing of a graduate degree at a U.K. institution in any field of study. More information on the program is available here.
Adler was nominated for the Marshall Scholarship by Wesleyan’s International Scholarships Committee, and President Michael S. Roth signed a letter of institutional endorsement. Professor of Art David Schorr and Adler’s thesis advisor, Jennifer Tucker, associate professor of history and science in society, wrote letters of recommendation for him.
Adler studied printmaking, typography and graphic design with Schorr as well as serving as his teaching apprentice. Schorr said, “Zully’s abilities as an artist and designer were commensurate with his intellectual gifts, and in fact, his ability to make his own complex ideas visual was his great gift. His work was challenging and always witty, and though not a studio major, he and his roommate had a two-person show in Usdan of their work in printmaking and typography.”
According to Tucker, the History Department awarded Adler the Dutcher Prize in recognition of his outstanding performance as a history major. Adler’s excellent honors thesis, “‘I Belong to Every Country’: John James Audubon and the Multivalence of National Identity,” received high honors in the History Department with a grade of A+, and has drawn attention from scholars of the history of science and art.
Adler says Tucker, who was a Marshall Scholar herself at the University of Cambridge in 1988, suggested he apply for the scholarship based on his interest in researching the United Kingdom. “I was fascinated by British print culture in the 19th century and its many transformations—from letterpress to engraving, to lithography, and finally the offset rotary press. I also had a particular affinity for the British Arts and Crafts Movement,” he says. “The Marshall was the perfect opportunity to explore these histories through interdisciplinary practice.”
Adler’s studies in the U.K. will begin in Fall 2013. The Marshall Scholarship is granted before applicants are officially accepted by the individual universities. Adler’s preference is to first earn a one-year Master of Studies in Art History and Visual Culture at Oxford University. There, he intends to write a short dissertation on William Morris, the Kelmscott Press, and the nexus of independent print and commercial reproduction in the late 19th century. In his second year, he hopes to study at the Glasgow School of Art and earn a Master of Research in Creative Practices. This program explores how academic research informs studio practice/creative production.
Ultimately, Adler says, these programs will prepare him to earn a Ph.D. in History. He plans to pursue an academic post that will allow him to study Modernism in Visual Culture and teach history in a hands-on manner. “If everything goes my way, I will be able to fold curatorial and editorial practice into my academic work,” he says.
Adler, who hails from Los Angles, Calif., applied for the Marshall Scholarship while traveling around the world through a year-long Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which ended in August. During this year, Adler researched independent and sustainability approaches to community art and music, and collaborated with DIY music labels (specifically, cassette-based labels) and musicians in nearly 40 cities across 15 countries. In each location, he lived with a local artist and worked with a local “collective,” who shared their space and equipment with him. (Read more about Adler’s Watson Fellowship in this Wesleyan Connection article.)
“My work included collaborating on new releases of local music, organizing collaborative concerts, and recording with various musicians. I took part in several panel discussions on new approaches to independent music,” Adler says.
Adler traces his academic pursuits back to his relationships with Wesleyan faculty. “I owe so much to my mentors and instructors, who prompted my fascination with Morris, my addiction to print, and my love of research,” he says. Specifically, “Professor Joseph Siry’s course of Modern European Architecture introduced me to the work at theory of William Morris, John Ruskin, and the whole British Arts and Crafts Movement. Professor David Schorr’s course on Typography was the foundation for my interest in the craft of print. He opened my eyes to the world of design; a visual code that permeates our everyday lives. My academic advisor, Professor Magda Teter, encouraged my study of books. Her courses on Jewish History and the History of the Book gave new life to old tomes. My thesis advisor, Jennifer Tucker, proved to me that Visual Culture is a worthy pursuit. She fostered my appetite for Victorian England and the 19th century in general. And working with Suzy Taraba in Wesleyan’s Special Collections proved how exciting and rewarding archival research can be. All I needed were some great people to help me out.”
by David Low •
(Story contributed by Gabe Rosenberg ’16)
Jason Baron ’77, director of Litigation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, is the 2011 recipient of the Emmett Leahy Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Information and Records Management Profession. Baron is the first federal lawyer, and only the second lawyer, to receive this international award in its 40-year history.
The Emmett Leahy Award Committee announced that for over two decades, Baron’s leadership efforts have promoted an awareness of the importance of good records management to the legal profession. He has served as co-chair and editor-in-chief of three publications by The Sedona Conference©, a nonprofit research and educational institute dedicated to the study of various fields related to complex litigation, including e-discovery. He is the author of more than 40 articles on electronic records issues, and has made more than 300 presentations on related subjects at conferences and workshops throughout the United States and the world.
Baron, a 1980 graduate of Boston University School of Law, also recently received the 2012 D.C. Public Service Award from his law school for his 32-year career in the federal government. Prior to his position at NARA, Baron was a trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice, where he served as lead counsel on landmark litigation involving the preservation of White House email.
Baron helped found the TREC Legal Track, an international research project run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, evaluating search methods used by lawyers, as well as the DESI Workshop Series, an international forum for academics and lawyers to discuss e-discovery, information retrieval, and artificial intelligence.
Currently, Baron serves on the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, where he co-taught the first e-discovery course to Ph.D and Masters candidates in the United States. He presently also serves on the Board of Directors of ARMA International, and is a member of the advisory board for the Georgetown Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute.
During his time at Wesleyan, Baron double majored in government and English, where, apropos of his future career, he was awarded honors for his government thesis on the subject of privacy issues associated with a database of electronic records maintained by the FBI.
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by Cynthia Rockwell •
(Contributed by Gabe Rosenberg ’16)
One of this year’s most influential foreign policy leaders is a Wesleyan alumna, and she’s part of The Diplomatic Courier’s “99 Under 33.”
Stephanie Schwartz ’08 has been named as someone who “mobilizes people in the foreign policy community with bold new ideas,” as part of the publication’s project, together with the nonprofit Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, to name the top 99 leaders under the age of 33.
Schwartz, who holds a B.A. in government from Wesleyan, is the author of Agents of Change: Youth in Post-Conflict Reconstruction. The book examines the role of a young population in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kosovo and how domestic policy, NGO programs, international invention and culture play into the reconstruction process.
As a senior program specialist for the U.S. Institute of Peace, Schwartz headed the Youth and Peacebuilding Working Group. She also worked as a consultant to the Sudd Institute, a South Sudanese think thank. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Columbia University, Schwartz is focusing her research on international mediation and diaspora’s role in civil wars.