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2014 Alumni Award Recipients

Award Recipients (first row l-r): Fred Lytle '64 (Alumni Achievement Award); Jeffrey Boshart '89 (Humanitarian Award); Jane (Brumbaugh) Gough '60 (Alumni Service Award); Khara Koffel '00 (Young Alumni Achievement Award); George Zlupko '68 (Health Professions Alumni Appreciations Award)
Award Presenters (second row l-r): Donald Mitchell (Retired Prof. of Chemistry); Andy Murray (Retired Directer of Baker Institute); Carole (Miller) Calhoun '60 (Alumni Trustee); Jack Troy (Retired Prof. of Art); Debra Kirchhof-Glazier (Prof. of Biology)

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The Harold B. Brumbaugh '33 Alumni Service Award

Jane (Brumbaugh) Gough '60, since graduating in 1960, has served as a Class Fund Agent for the Class of 1960 for more than five decades, helping to provide scholarships to current students through the Juniata Scholarship Fund. Jane has attended every Class of 1960 reunion since her graduation, serving as a member of the reunion planning committee for many of those gatherings. She served as co-chair of the Class of 1960’s 50th reunion planning committee and helped her classmates to raise a record class gift for Juniata at that time. Jane served as a member of the Alumni Council from 1975 to 1978. She has been a steady presence at regional Juniata gatherings while living in the Washington, DC area and more recently in Central PA. Jane has served on the Juniata Career Team and mentored students in finding internships and employment by participating in the College’s annual Career Day. She gives generously not only of her time and talent, but also supports Juniata as a member of the Quinter Society, the Heritage Circle, and the Loyalty Circle.

The Alumni Achievement Award

Fred E. Lytle '64, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Juniata, went on to earn his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968. He joined the faculty at Purdue University that same year, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1974, Professor in 1979, and Professor Emeritus in 2008.While there, Fred served in many roles including the acting Director of Instrumentation, the Director of General Chemistry, the head of the Analytical Division, the Director of the Harry L. Pardue Center for Advanced Instrumentation, and the Associate Department Head in charge of Centers and Facilities. Since 2008, Fred has been employed in developing algorithms for pharmaceutical data processing as a Corporate Fellow at Indigo Biosystems in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2009, he was named a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and has been a member of the National Bureau of Standards Panel for Analytical Chemistry and the National Science Foundation Chemistry Advisory Board. Fred has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals, holds two patents, authored a book on the use of lasers in chemical analysis, and has contributed further to scientific publishing by serving as Associate Editor for Analytical Chemistry, Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Spectroscopy, and Editorial Advisor for Analytica Chimica Acta. During his tenure at Purdue, he was awarded the Merck Company Faculty Development Award, Outstanding Teacher in the School of Science, Amoco Undergraduate Teaching Award, Outstanding Innovation In Helping Students Learn Award for his work with scientific Braille, and was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 1996 Indiana Professor of the Year. At the national, level Fred has received the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Chemical Instrumentation, the J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education, and the American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award

Khara L. Koffel '00, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and Art History from Juniata, went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and Master of Arts at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She was appointed to the University of Alabama Endowed Sculpture Committee, in 2001, while also serving as Instructor of Record. In 2002, Khara became Executive Director and Curator of the 4th Wall Gallery, and, in 2003, served as Art Instructor at Frames on Main, both in Tuscaloosa. She served as Online Sales and Marketing Representative at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 2003 to 2004. Khara joined the faculty of MacMurray College of Jacksonville, Illinois, where she now holds the rank of Associate Professor of Art, Art Program Director and Director of the Applebee Gallery. She serves as faculty representative on the MacMurray Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs, the Committee on Technology and Infrastructure, and the Presidential Advisory Committee, which she chairs. Khara has exhibited her work and received awards at numerous juried and invitational exhibitions across the U.S. at such venues as the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, the Foundry Art Centre in St. Louis, Missouri, the South Bend Regional Museum of Art in Indiana, and the ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. She maintains an active career as an exhibiting artist with solo shows at such venues as the McHenry College Gallery in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, Schmidt Art Center in Belleville, Indiana, and the Walnut Gallery in Gadsden, Alabama. Khara provides active leadership by serving as judge, juror and volunteer for the Springfield Arts Association, Senior Art Major Consultant for the University of Illinois, Springfield, and by acting as a liaison between art departments of several local collegiate art departments.

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

Jeffrey S. Boshart '89, after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Juniata, went on to earn a Master's degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development in 1998 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He began his career as an environmental educator through Brethren Volunteer Service in 1989, serving posts at Camp Myrtlewood in Myrtle Point, Oregon, Trees for Life in Wichita, Kansas, and Woodland Altars Outdoor Education Center in Peebles, Ohio. In 1998, Jeff joined the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) as an agricultural intern at the ECHO Global Farm in Fort Myers, Florida, where he gained the opportunity to spend three months abroad with EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. He continued his service with ECHO as an agricultural development and intern coordinator in Haiti, developing and maintaining growing trials on a research farm and teaching growing techniques to Haitian students. Jeff worked as a community development coordinator for the Church of the Brethren, planning and implementing a micro-loans program which served nearly 500 families in 19 communities in the Dominican Republic. After three years of teaching in the Lebanon School District in Pennsylvania, he was called by Brethren Disaster Response to coordinate a $1 million plus response in Haiti, including home construction, food distribution, agriculture, health teams and trauma awareness programs. Jeff now serves as the Manager of both the Global Food Crisis Fund and the Emerging Global Mission Fund for the Church of the Brethren, supporting community development, domestic and global training programs, and international church-planting efforts. He volunteers his time as Vice President of the FARMS International Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Directors of Renacer: the Hispanic Church Planting Movement, and a gardener at Seeds of Hope Community Garden.

The Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award

George Zlupko '68, after graduating from Juniata College, went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 1972. He has distinguished himself as a leading pulmonologist and Founder of Altoona Lung Specialists and the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania. George serves as the Director of the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania and its Clinical Research division. He has achieved Board Certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Academy of Wound Management, and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. George has been recognized as a Fellow of the College of Certified Wound Specialists and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has made advances in his field through research studies and publications. George reaches out to his professional community as a sought-after speaker on lung disease and health. He has donated his time and expertise to the Juniata chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals as an Inductions speaker and as a professional participant in HOSA’s For Your Good Health soccer camp for children with asthma. George has also offered field trip and internship opportunities for Juniata students at the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania.