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Alumni Association Announces Award Recipients

July 8, 2009

The Hartwick College Alumni Association will honor four alumni and two employees during this year’s Homecoming & Reunion Weekend for their achievements and dedication to the College.

“We had a number of strong, dedicated alumni nominated for this year’s awards, as well as some terrific employees nominated for our new award recognizing outstanding employees for their involvement with alumni” Committee Chair Valerie Cross Dorn ’84 said. “The Nominating and Recognition Committee and the Alumni Association are proud to recognize all of this year’s recipients as outstanding members of our Hartwick community.”

Given annually, the awards recognize those who have distinguished themselves through their professions, volunteerism, charitable activities, and dedication to Hartwick College. Recipients will be honored on Saturday, October 3. Here are this year’s recipients.

Geoff Stopper ’00
Outstanding Young Alumnus
Stopper will be presented with the Outstanding Young Alumnus award, given each year to an alumnus/a who has shown outstanding professional or volunteer performance, competence, and achievement since graduating from Hartwick College.

Stopper, of Hamden, CT, graduated from Hartwick with a degree in Biology before receiving his master’s and Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale University. During his time at Hartwick, he was a member of the Tri-Beta biology honors society, men’s intercollegiate volleyball club, jazz band, wind ensemble, jazz combo, Biophiles journal club, and Pine Lake Environmental Club. He is an assistant professor of biology at Sacred Heart University.

Scott Holdren ’80
Outstanding Volunteer

Holdren has been chosen to receive the Outstanding Volunteer award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding and sustained volunteer service to the College.

A resident of Coeymans, NY, Holdren graduated from Hartwick with a degree in Mathematics and minors in Physics and Education. Today, he teaches physics, forensics, and computer science for Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central Schools. Since leaving Hartwick in 1980, Holdren has stayed connected to the College through generations of students—recruiting some of Hartwick’s best and brightest over the years.

Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell ’91
Distinguished Alumna

Garvey-Blackwell will be presented with the Distinguished Alumna Award in honor of her outstanding achievements in her career and charitable activities.

She graduated from Hartwick with a degree in English and Theatre Arts. A resident of High Bridge, NJ, she now is executive director of Vineyard Theatre. Her work has earned her the 14th Annual Cus D’Amato Community Service Award for leadership, generosity, and community involvement. She sits on the board of the Union Square Partnership (chair of the education committee and member of the nominating committee), is a member of the advisory board of Washington Irving High School Performing Arts House, and serves on several local committees as a church and parent volunteer.

Calvin Chase ’71
Meritorious Service

Chase was selected to receive the Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor given by the Alumni Association. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to the College.

An Oneonta resident, Chase graduated from Hartwick with a degree in Mathematics. At Hartwick, he has served as an Annual Fund Class Agent and on the Reignite the Wick Committee, and recently completed two terms on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Through these activities, as well as his participation in countless alumni events and fundraising events, Cal has shown true dedication to the College.

Field Hockey Coach Anna Meyer
Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews
Outstanding Employees

Meyer and Matthews will receive the Outstanding Employee Award, recognizing their efforts above and beyond the scope of their job responsibilities, as well as their outstanding contributions to the work of the Alumni Association. The award honors their loyalty to professional networking, career guidance, and providing a link between alumni and current students.

Meyer began her career at Hartwick in 1988, taking the reins of what she has since molded into one of the elite programs in NCAA Division III field hockey. In addition to her field hockey duties, Meyer is a Physical Education instructor, has coached women’s lacrosse, and was named national lacrosse coach of the year in 1998—making her one of a handful of coaches who has earned the honor in two sports. Meyer graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in education before receiving her master’s degree from James Madison University.

Since joining Hartwick in 1998, Matthews has founded the United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research, launched the Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project and the Cato Freeman Project, and organized the Abraham Lincoln, Isaac Newton Arnold, and Freedom Journey exhibit. Along with his work on the Hartwick campus, he has been honored with numerous speaking invitations, proclamations, and awards for research, preservation, and remembrance of the USCT. Matthews also serves as president of the Hartwick College Honor Society and as a lecturer in the Department of History. He received his bachelor’s degree in black-Hispanic studies and political science from SUNY Oneonta and his master’s degree in counseling education from Northern Michigan University.

The awards will be formally presented to this year’s recipients during a Jazz Lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. October 3 under a tent on Frisbee Field. Pre-registration is required at Cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children 5-12. For more information, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Liz Cook ’05 at 607-431-4008 or

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Contact: Jennifer Moritz
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