2009 Alumni Award Recipients
Award Recipients (first row l-r):William Fegan '48 (Alumni Achievement Award); Donald Robinson '51 (Alumni Service Award); Nathan Boggs '02 (Young Alumni Achievement Award); George Fattman '58 (Humanitarian Award); and John Bulger '91 (Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award)
Award Presenters (second row l-r): Chad Herzog '99 (Director of Performing Arts); Lois (Miller) McDowell '52; Joshua Bantz '02; Aliceann Wohlbruck '58; Dr. Debra Kirchhof-Glazier (Professor of Biology)
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The Harold B. Brumbaugh '33 Alumni Service Award
Donald L. Robinson, a member of the Juniata Class of 1951, has provided selfless and unwavering service and support to his alma mater with contagious energy and loyalty. He has been active in the life of the College in a variety of volunteer roles, serving as a reunion coordinator, alumni club president, and member of the Juniata Career Team. Donald has helped the College's recruiting efforts by referring prospective students. His work as Class Fund Agent for the Class of 1951 was recognized with the Outstanding Fund Agent Award for 1974-1975 and he has continued his commitment to Juniata fundraising by serving as the Chair of The Juniata Fund from 1976 to 1977. He has dedicated a lifetime of service to the Church of the Brethren, instilling its values in his work at Juniata. Donald has also tended the relationship between the College and the Church as a member of the Church College Relations Council for multiple terms, serving as President in 1997-1998.
The Alumni Achievement Award
William S. Fegan, a member of the Juniata Class of 1948, has built a long and distinguished career in the arts as an actor, director, and producer. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Juniata, he earned a master's degree in education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He taught classes and started a theatre program at Stillman College, a historically black college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. William was later called on to manage the operation and restoration of the historic Shuler Theatre in Raton, New Mexico. He was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Juniata in 1972 for his accomplishments, creativity and vision. William founded Bill Fegan Attractions, an entertainment booking and management agency. He also helped start numerous arts organizations in Raton, including the Raton Arts and Humanities Council, Raton Performing Arts Association, Raton Choral Society, and the Raton Community Corp. He was recognized with the Raton Treasure Award in 2001 by the Raton Arts Council and received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2007.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award
Nathan T. Boggs, a member of the Juniata Class of 2002, has distinguished himself in his profession. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Juniata, he earned his master of Homeland Security in Public Health Preparedness degree from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked as a research technician at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense and a research scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Nathan has presented research at numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the American Association for Aerosol Research and the Society of Toxicology. In 2006, Nathan received the Invention of the Year (Physical Sciences) Award from Johns Hopkins for his role as co-inventor of a mask that rapidly and reliably diagnoses diseases by collecting and analyzing proteins in exhaled breath condensation.
The William E. Swigart, Jr. '37 Alumni Humanitarian Award
George Fattman, a member of the Class of 1958, has provided selfless service to his profession. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Juniata, he earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, graduating first in his class. He worked as an editor for the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, an assistant news director for WJAC-TV, a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and continues to provide guidance as a writing and reporting coach for the Somerset Daily American. He has served as juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, officer of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors, and a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Literacy and Readership Research Committee. George has also been extraordinarily active in his community, serving as president of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, the Johnstown Area Arts Council, and the Johnstown Lions Club.
The Health Professions Alumni Achievement Award
John B. Bulger, a member of the Juniata Class of 1991, earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995 and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the PCOM Consortium of Hospitals in 1998. He has gone on to distinguish himself as the Director of Inpatient Services and Osteopathic Medicine Education at Geisinger Health Systems. John has been instrumental in developing summer and winter Medical Internship Programs at Geisinger Health Systems for Juniata students. He has also established Early Acceptance Temple-Geisinger affiliation programs for Juniata premedical students interested in rural primary care.