Hartwick College Alumni Awards Salute Influential Faculty, Graduates

September 28, 2016

Five members of the Hartwick College community will be celebrated during True Blue Weekend 2016 at a reception Saturday, October 1 at 3 p.m. in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center, on the College campus.

Neal Miller ’72, will be presented the Meritorious Service Award; Susan Schroeder Warner ’84 will be named winner of the Distinguished Alumna Award; Ryan Smith ’06 will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award; the Outstanding Volunteer Award will go to Thom Meredith ’73; and Harry Bradshaw Matthews will be named Outstanding Employee.

“True Blue Weekend is the perfect time to celebrate alumni and staff,” said Executive Director of Engagement Alicia Fish ’91. “These individuals set an example in philanthropy, academics, and social responsibility, and we think it is most appropriate we celebrate them with their peers, family, and friends from the Hartwick community.”

Miller is a member of the Hartwick College Board of Trustees, immediate past president of the College’s Alumni Board, and president of the New Millennium Management Group. Prior to founding his own company, Miller served as the College’s assistant director of admissions and director of transfer students. He has served on numerous civic councils, boards, and committees, and he and his wife, Mary Sapienza Miller ’73, tirelessly volunteer their time and resources to the Hartwick Community.

Warner is the vice president of worldwide communications for MasterCard, and has held critical communications positions at companies including Time Warner Cable and Allied Domecq. Her dedication to corporate social responsibility is second to none. In 2014, she launched Girls4Tech, MasterCard’s signature curriculum for young girls around the world. While with Time Warner Cable, she created two award-winning curricula that engage employees and children in 21 states on science, technology, engineering, and math. Warner has also been active with the Greenwich, CT Special Olympics since 1997. She majored in English at the College.

Smith is the representative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the World Communion of Reformed Churches at the United Nations. He graduated magna cum laude from Hartwick in 2006 with a triple major in economics, political science, and German, earning departmental distinction in each. He received a prestigious Emerson Scholarship to conduct an internship in Tanzania, and taught in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. Smith was also a member of the College’s men’s swimming and diving team. After graduation, he went on to earn a master’s degree from Seton Hall University in diplomacy and international relations.

Meredith is the ultimate Hartwick College supporter. He has volunteered on major committees such as the Alumni Board and Philadelphia Alumni Network. Meredith attends every regional alumni event possible, and regularly attends admissions events on campus, such as Open Houses and Accepted Students Day. He has mentored students, helped recruit news students, and also hosted many alumni events in his hometown of Burlington, CT.

Matthews is associate dean and director of the College’s Office of Intercultural Affairs, as well as president and senior fellow of the United States Colored Troops Institute (USCTI). His work is published nationally and internationally, and he is a highly sought after speaker and commentator on issues of race and pluralism. He regularly mentors students on a variety of genealogy research projects.

The awards ceremony is part of a full slate of events on True Blue Weekend 2016, taking place Thursday, September 29 to Sunday, October 2.

For more information on the alumni awards or True Blue Weekend 2016, contact Sabrina Lawrence at 607-431-4064 or lawrences@hartwick.edu.