Alumni Association’s Celebration of Distinction Honors Outstanding Achievers

Posted: April 14, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: April 15, 2014 at 6:55 am

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By Mary Frances Forcier

Sarah Kahler signs the induction document for the Quill Society during the 2014 Celebration of Distinction.

Psychology major Sarah Kahler signs the induction document for the Golden Quill Society during the 2014 Celebration of Distinction. Photo by Craig Bisacre

George Mason University’s characteristic energy and pride were front and center as the Alumni Association’s annual Celebration of Distinction recognized exemplary achievement on April 9.

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Mason Provost Peter Stearns was awarded the Golden Medallion Award for Exceptional Service. Photo by Creative Services

In honor of his steadfast support of students, alumni, the university and the Alumni Association, George Mason Provost Peter Stearns was awarded the Golden Medallion Award for Exceptional Service. The Alumni Association reserves this award to honor service that sets a remarkably high standard; Stearns is only the fifth recipient since 1983.

The association also recognized 18 inductees into the Golden Quill Society, which facilitates volunteer engagement and philanthropy among a select group of young alumni.

The award recipients embody Mason’s innovation, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit; they are leaders in their communities and professions and are making a difference in the world. Fourteen alumni were recognized by colleges, units and alumni chapters for their achievements and impact; in addition, the association presented its all-university awards.

The Alumni Association’s honorees included

• Alumnus of the Year: Dale “Dusty” Wince, EMBA ’12
• Alumni Service Award: Sirena Johnson, BS Accounting ’99
• Faculty Member of the Year: Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, professor of mathematics
• Senior of the Year: David S. Lucas, finance major

The awards were presented by Alumni Association president Rodney Turner, JD ’93, and president-elect Christopher Preston, BS Management ’96. Peter Pober, professor in the Department of Communication and director of the university’s nationally ranked Forensics Team, served as the event emcee.

Full profiles of the top awardees are available on the Mason Spirit website.

Bios of all academic unit and chapter honorees are available in the event program: issuu.com/cswigart/docs/program_final

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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