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February 02, 2017
Knox College will honor four alumni with Alumni Achievement Awards at the 2017 Founders Day Convocation Ceremony on February 17. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Muelder Reading Room of Henry M. Seymour Library and is free and open to the public.
The recipients (pictured above) are teacher Harriet Drew Barringer, teacher and midwife Rebecca Hollmeyer Ullman, CEO and author Jane Strode Miller, and public health leader Luella Williams.
The Knox College Alumni Achievement Award, established in 1938, recognizes outstanding career achievements by graduates who attended Knox or Lombard College for at least one full academic year. The Knox College Young Alumni Award, established in 2004, is given to one alumna or alumnus 35 years of age or under who has exhibited exceptional work in a field or endeavor, community, state, or nation. This year's Convocation will celebrate the 180th anniversary of Knox's founding in 1837.
Harriet Drew Barringer '58
Barringer worked for 30 years as a teacher and guidance counselor. Since retirement, she has has tutored English as a Second Language and was recognized as a Master Tutor and Tutor of the Year, raised and trained five puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, and serves as a Guardian ad Litem (CASA) volunteer. In 2001 she was named Youth Advocate of the Year for the Volusia/Flager County area, and in 2012 was nominated as an Outstanding Volunteer for United Way.
Rebecca Hollmeyer Ullman '70
Ullman has been a teacher and midwife during her lengthy career and has combined those skills to influence treatment of mothers and babies worldwide with Medecins Sans Frontieres, Doctors Without Borders. Her assignments for MSF include an emergency project in Cote d'Ivoire during a time of political conflict and ethnic violence, opening a maternal-child health project in Lao PDR, training midwives and medical assistants in South Sudan, and training in Nepal following devastation by earthquakes.
Jane Strode Miller '81
Miller has had a long career in brand management, marketing, field sales, and operations that has taken her from brand manager to president for companies such as PepsiCo, Inc.; Gateway, Inc.; and HJ Heinz Company. Most recently, she was CEO at ProYo Frozen Yogurt and past president and CEO of Rudi's Organic. She is the founder of and CEO of JaneKnows.com and author of Sleep Your Way to the Top.
Luella Williams '06
Williams is receiving a 2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award this year. She is a leader in New Orleans' public health and social justice sector, and the director of Up2Us Sports office, an innovative non-profit committed to leveraging the power of sports to help young people in underserved communities succeed. She is a member of the Mayor's public health task force, plays a leadership role in the anti-violence collaborative, serves on the steering committee for the NOLA sport for community collaborative, and was recently named a member of the All State Foundation Greater Good Non-Profit Leaders Program. In addition, she started the city's only girls lacrosse program.
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