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2005 Alumni Award Recipients

2005 Alumni Award Recipients and Presenters

Award Recipients (first row l-r): Jeffrey M. Varnes '64 (Humanitarian Award); Todd S. Emrick '92 (Young Alumni Achievement Award); Friedhelm H. Wulczyn '75 (Alumni Achievement Award); and Daniel F. O'Sullivan '64 (Alumni Service Award)
Award Presenters (second row l-r): Lois Miller McDowell '52; Dr. David Drews (Professor of Psychology, Emeritus); Dr. Ruth Reed (Professor of Chemistry); Adam Shaffer '05; and Dr. Debra Kirchhof-Glazier (Professor of Biology)

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The Harold B. Brumbaugh '33 Alumni Service Award

Daniel F. O'Sullivan, who graduated from Juniata in 1964, has provided selfless and unwavering service and support to Juniata with contagious energy and loyalty. He has been active in the life of the College in a variety of volunteer roles that have included Alumni Council, Volunteer Leadership Programs, Juniata Admissions Ambassador, Friends of the Field Station, Class Associated Volunteer, and the Central Pennsylvania Alumni Regional Club. O'Sullivan has significantly enhanced Juniata's admissions operation by serving as a host for regional training, a representative at college nights/fairs, and a correspondent with accepted students. He has greatly enhanced the fundraising success of his alma mater as a faithful financial contributor to The Juniata Fund, Founders Hall Renovation Campaign, and the Class of 1964's 40th Reunion. He has strengthened communication between classmates by serving on the Class of 1964 Reunion Committee, Class Email Newsletter Editor, Class Contact Information Data Manager, and Chairman of the Class Steering Committee. O'Sullivan has also served the students of Juniata as an active participant in Freshmen Move-In Day, Senior Class Dinner, Senior Salute, and the JC-DC Job Shadowing Program. He has given selfless service to the College in the recruitment and training of alumni volunteers and received the Juniata College Volunteer of the Year award in 2001 in recognition of his outstanding service to his alma mater.

The Alumni Achievement Award

Friedhelm H. Wulczyn, member of the Class of 1975, has distinguished himself in his profession. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Juniata, he continued his education in graduate work at Marywood University, ultimately earning a doctorate in 1986 from the University of Chicago. He has dedicated his career to improving child welfare systems in New York State and nationwide and his research on child welfare has had a significant impact on public policies that have been implemented at the state and federal level. Wulczyn's proposals have been adopted by the American Public Human Services Association and the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators. In addition, he has been a writer and speaker, giving children a voice before state and Congress, and has twice appeared as a witness before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Wulczyn has funded research, and has been the principal investigator in a series of grants worth millions of dollars. He has occupied academic positions at a number of prestigious universities, but has spent the heart of his professional career in different roles at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago where he is currently a Research Associate.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award

Todd S. Emrick, who earned a bachelor's degree from Juniata in 1992, has distinguished himself in his profession after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and English. He ultimately earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research in organic chemistry and polymer science has earned him the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the Exploratory Research Award from the Center for University of Massachusetts Industry Research on Polymers. Emrick's expertise in nano and polymer science has led to numerous publications, including his work on a research team that recently published details of research in nanotechnology in the journal Science. He has been a recipient of numerous professional awards and recognitions, including the Omnova, Inc. Signature Young Faculty Award and the American Chemical Society Poster Presentation Award.

The William E. Swigart, Jr. '37 Alumni Humanitarian Award

Jeffrey M. Varnes, who received a bachelor's degree from Juniata in 1964, has provided selfless service to his profession. Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata, he continued to pursue an education in social sciences at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has been the Executive Director of the York County Chapter of the American Red Cross since 1987, for which he dedicated over 34 years in leadership roles that have improved the quality of life in his community, and made the community a safer place in which to live by enacting programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies of any size. For over 40 years in his service to the American Red Cross Varnes has contributed to the successful organization of teams to individuals who have lost loved ones in mass casualty incidents in the United States, including the Oklahoma City bombing, Flight 93 air incident in Shanksville, PA on September 11, 2001, and most recently, flood relief efforts in Kirksville, MO, on October 19, 2004. He has enthusiastically pursued the advancement of leadership development through the York Suburban School Board, where he has contributed significantly to the provision of quality, cost effective education for the community's students and other stakeholders; and through Leadership York as a contributor to the development of individuals to serve the community in the government and nonprofit sector. As a leader and former President of the Board of Directors of the S.P.C.A., Varnes has contributed to the organization's transformation into one with a broad vision in relation to the treatment of animals. He has received numerous awards in recognition for his community service, including the 2003 Service to Mankind Award from the White Rose Foundation, the Distinguished Leadership Award from Leadership York, and the Community Service Award for an Individual from the York County Chamber of Commerce.