Hartwick alumni and families gathering and enjoying the valley view at the pergola on Founders' Way

Alumni Awards

Hartwick College and the Alumni Association recognize our best and brightest who have used their Hartwick liberal arts education to its greatest potential. Awards are presented for professional achievement, community involvement and advancing the mission and vision of Hartwick.

Thank you for all of your nominations!

The 2024 Awardees will be announced soon and celebrated during
True Blue Weekend, September 20 – 22.

Hope to see you there!


More About True Blue Weekend 2024


2023 winners and videos:

Meritorious Service Award – Robert Carpenter ’88 of Monkton, MD
Distinguished Alumna/us Award – David Ryan Polgar ’01 of New York City
Outstanding Young Alumna/us Award – Rejoice Scherry ’13 of Plymouth, VT
Outstanding Volunteer Award – Scott Weber ’11 of Rochester
The College’s Outstanding Employee – Dr. Kristin Jones of Oneonta

For more information on each of our 2023 winners, read the news story or click their name to view their acceptance video!



Meritorious Service Award: This is the highest award given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding loyalty and effective service to Hartwick College. Nominees may be graduate or non-graduate alumni, retired employees, parents or friends of the College.

Outstanding Recent Alum/na/us Award & Rising Hawks Recognition: This award is intended to recognize those graduates who, during relatively few years following graduation, have shown: outstanding performance and achievement in professional and volunteer activities; and have demonstrated a commitment to engaging with Hartwick students and/or the Hartwick community at large. To qualify, candidates must be from a graduating class two to nineteen years prior to the year in which they are considered for this award (e.g. for the 2024 award, the classes of 2005-2023 would be considered).

Distinguished Alum/na/us Award: This award is intended to recognize those graduate alumni who have distinguished themselves by outstanding achievements in their professional careers and/or civic or charitable activities.

Outstanding Volunteer Award: This award recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and sustained volunteer service to the College. Nominees may be alumni, retired employees, parents or friends of the College.

Outstanding Employee Award: This award recognizes a member of the faculty or staff of Hartwick College who has gone above and beyond the scope of his/her job responsibilities to make outstanding contributions to the work of the Alumni Association and/or provide significant assistance to alumni through professional networking, career guidance, providing a link between alumni and current students, and/or other meaningful contributions connecting alumni to each other and to the College.

Past Recipients

Adam Abreu ’17
Katsiaryna Salavei Bardos ’02
Dr. Christopher Belnap ’03
Samantha Capparelli ’14
Dr. Stephanie Carr ’06
Brian Cook ’16
Christa Welch DiGuiseppe ’03
Dr. Justin Dimmel ’02
Darcy Dolge ’10
Noel Pierson Fairbanks ’02
Alison Garcia ’07
Dr. Patrick Hanley ’06
Dr. Louise Hecker ’00
Nobel Htoo ’18
Rasha Mukbil Jawabri ’06
Melissa Lareau ’08
Adam Lazar ’04
Pathy V. Leiva ’01
Meghan “Meg” Luce ’14
Daniel “Dan” Martin ’10
Lisa Mayer ’05
Geoffrey McDonald ’08
Amanda Medina ’12
Dr. Robert Mele ’14, DNP, NNP-BC, CCRN
Katie Meuer ’15
Jeffrey Moyer ’04
Kate Chambers Prickett ’05
Peter “P.J.” Prunty ’10
Tony Riley ’09
Elizabeth “Liz” Salmeron ’09
Colleen Schindler ’09
Dr. Victor L. Schultz ’09
Nathan Skethway ’16
Adrienne Spinozzi ’01
Allison Sulock ’04
Daryl Thompson ’06
Lynnet Decoteau Weddas ’06
Calvin Yeager ’16
Dr. Nadexhda “Nadya” Zhexembayeva ’01
Daniel “Dan” Zuck ’05

Athletic Hall of Fame

Induction Class of 2023

2023 Ceremony

Hartwick College Alumni Association Awards Ceremony 2023
Hartwick College Alumni Association Awards Ceremony 2023
Hartwick College Alumni Association Awards Ceremony 2023
Hartwick College Alumni Association Awards Ceremony 2023 President Darren Reisberg and Dr. Kristin Jones
Hartwick College Alumni Association Awards Ceremony 2023


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Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY 13820