President’s Council Presents Annual Awards

May 22 2017
Category: Academics

The President’s Council of Elmira College awarded their highest honors, The President’s Council Award and the Stand Energy Prize, during a ceremony held May 18 in Peterson Chapel.

The President’s Council Award was presented to alumna Alison Mandel ’72.  The Award recognizes outstanding Elmira College graduates who have distinguished themselves and the College by exemplary service in the College’s greater community, and who, by giving generously of their time and talent, has improved the quality of the community.  Mandel has devoted her professional and civic life to bettering the Elmira community.

In addition to being the founder, and advisor since 1994, of Elmira College Circle K, Mandel is a long-standing member of the Elmira Kiwanis Club. She was the first female president of the Elmira Kiwanis, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, and longtime volunteer and ticket co-chairman of the former Corning LPGA Tournament. In 2004, the Kiwanis Club recognized Mandel with the Hixon Award for her dedication to community service.

Mandel, who currently works at Hilliard Corporation, is the retired director of education at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center and sales and service coordinator with Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

The Stand Energy Prize was presented to Emily Bush ’18, a biology major from Hammond, New York. The Prize, established by Stand Energy Corporation, recognizes an Elmira College student who, in the course of performing an internship with regional businesses or community organizations, has demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative, creativity, and responsibility. Emily was nominated by her supervisor for her internship at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

In addition to a variety of student clubs and activities, Emily is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society; Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Chemical Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa, Leadership Honor Society; and Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society.  She is a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate prize, and is currently applying to medical schools for matriculation in the Fall of 2018.

During the event, the Council also presented a gift to Dr. Norman Smith in appreciation of his service and leadership over the past two years during his interim term as president.

"I had the opportunity to meet with Norman during his first week on campus and I was impressed with his knowledge of, and how prepared he was to tackle, the "to do" list created by the College Trustees," said Mike Wayne, chair of The President’s Council.  "I'm confident that the work completed by Norman, and the management team he has assembled, has created a clear path to assist the College's growth path."

Dr. Charles Lindsay, provost at Elmira College, has been appointed the next president of the College and begins his term on July 1.

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