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College Honors Dedicated Alumni Who Provide Significant Service to Their Alma Mater

Posted April 5, 2009

boglelewisgifAlumni leaders honored at the Alumni Appreciation dinner on April 28 “are true role models to their peers and are exemplary in transforming the College,” said Alumni Association President Mat Nelson ’93. “These individuals participate on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Alumni-in-Admissions program, with our athletic teams, and work to increase the presence of the College in the community. They are the pride of Western New England College, always making an impact that is felt on campus and beyond.”

Pictured at the event at Rivers Memorial Hall is Trustee Amy B. Lewis ’88/G’00 presenting the Raymond Meyers Award to Neville S. Bogle ’75/G’81. The award is for outstanding service to the volunteer management committee. View the photo album/slide show.

Bogle worked with the late Raymond Meyers ’51/G’64/G’01 in shaping the Alumni Association and has devoted his time, talent, and treasure to the College for more than 30 years. Bogle said Meyers was “a man of integrity. Over the years he contributed significantly to the College in his volunteering activities. It was fitting that an award was named in his honor.” Meyers was “a gentleman of great distinction,” he added. I tried my best to emulate some of his style and approach to addressing and resolving issues as we pursued the goals of the Alumni Association.”

Trustee Chairman John M. O’Brien III ’74, who was named Alumnus of the Year, “has seen the College through a myriad of changes, helping it grow into the fine institution we know today,” said David Kruger ’68/G’72, last year’s Alumnus of the Year. “We are thankful for his help in building the College’s momentum during one of the most exciting eras in its history.”

O’Brien and his family were unable to attend the event. Accepting the award on his behalf was Trustee Alfred A. LaRiviere ’51/H’95/H’01.

Also presented with alumni awards were Scott F. Davis ’76 (Alfred A. LaRiviere Award for Outstanding Service to the Alumni Association Board of Directors), Deirdre C. Merlino ’01 (special projects award), Randy J. Milou Jr. ’03/L’06 (Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and Engineering Professor Eric W. Haffner (Faculty/Staff Service Award). “This event provides yet another opportunity to thank alumni for their overwhelming support,” said President Anthony S. Caprio. “The College’s success depends on a whole host of players, especially the champions of our alumni family.”

Nelson, the emcee for the evening, also acknowledged Skookum Award of Excellence winners in attendance, as well as members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and faculty and staff present at the festivities. Special thanks were also given to sophomore finance major Samantha Vigliotti, who presented a musical slide show of alumni events over the past year.

To read about past alumni award winners, click here.


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