Advancement Awards

Arts, Sciences & Engineering

We are proud to present you with these exceptional award winners.

Dean’s Medal

Established in 2008, the Dean’s Medal recognizes extraordinary service, philanthropy, and leadership to Arts, Sciences & Engineering, and dedication and commitment that inspire others to take leadership roles at the University. Individuals, families, associations, corporations, or foundations may be recognized. It is among the highest honors given by Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

2022: Gwen M. Greene ’65 (MS)

With a 40-year career on Wall Street and a variety of roles in politics and broadcast news, Gwen Greene has a long and illustrious list of accomplishments. Through her professional and volunteer roles, Greene’s primary focus has always been on what drives her: giving back through dynamic leadership, devoted advocacy, and inspiring philanthropy.

As a student at the University of Rochester, Greene exemplified the values instilled by her parents and grandparents by participating in the first campus sit-down in solidarity with the March on Washington and volunteering with girls in low-income neighborhoods. She is a proud, loyal alumna who has actively supported her alma mater––and those it serves––for more than 30 years.

Greene has served on the University of Rochester Board of Trustees since 2000, where she is a member and previous chairperson of the Advancement and Student Life committees and the current chair of Annual Giving Programs. As a charter member of the George Eastman Circle, she has been instrumental in launching and growing the University’s leadership annual giving society.

In her involvement with the University of Rochester, Greene’s greatest joy and steadfast priority is mentoring students. Her endowed scholarship has supported seven women to date, leading to meaningful relationships beyond graduation. In 2005, Greene was awarded the James S. Armstrong Alumni Service Award for her significant contributions to undergraduate life on campus. In 2011, the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections was named in her honor and officially dedicated. Gwen has remained a champion for the Greene Center over time, which has now extended its services and strategies for alumni engagement and stewardship, employer and industry engagement, operations, communications, and data management and visualization.

In recent years, Greene has assumed leadership responsibilities with She’s the First, an international organization that seeks to further gender equity through education. Greene helped start a chapter at the University, empowering young women to embark on professional pursuits on equal footing with their peers and inspiring them to take active roles in their careers and communities. She also established the Greene First Generation Senior Award to recognize a graduate who has demonstrated the virtues of leadership, scholarship, service, and compassion. In 2020, she became philanthropy chair of the Women’s Network Leadership Committee, channeling resources to create opportunities and advocate for important causes that foster equitable and inclusive communities.

Across these endeavors and accolades, Greene leads by example with flair, heart, and an unwavering motivation to make a difference by bettering the lives of others.

2018: Thomas R. Sloan ’65, ’67 (MS)

2015: Ronald Rettner

2013: Edmund A. Hajim ’58

2012: Dr. Bernard T. Ferrari ’70, ’74M (MD)

2011: Hugo F. Sonnenschein ’61

2010: Robert B. Goergen ’60

John N. Wilder1 Award

Established in 2008, the John N. Wilder Award honors an individual, family, association, corporation, or foundation whose philanthropy inspires others in support of an “Ever Better” University of Rochester. The award is named for John Wilder, first president (chairman) of the University’s Board of Trustees.

2019: Suzanne Sawada ’73

2018: Erick G. Bond ’77, P’13 and Nancy Bond ’78N, P’13

2015: Dr. Elizabeth Puhn Bruno ’89, P’18

2014: Debra Dorfman Drumheller ’74

2013:

Barbara J. Burger ’83
Mark E. Goldstein ’78

2012: H. Christopher Boehning

2011:

Daniel K. Cantor ’81
Joseph F. Cunningham ’67 (MA)

2010: Nomi Miron Bergman ’85

2009: Mark S. Zaid ’89

James S. Armstrong Alumni Service Award

Established in 1990, the James S. Armstrong Alumni Service Award is presented to an alumnus/a in recognition of outstanding and extraordinary service, leadership, loyalty, commitment, and significant contribution to the University in broad and varied roles.

The award honors James S. Armstrong ’54, ’65 (MA), who served the University from 1976 to 1987 as director of alumni relations.

2019: Diane Ambler, Esq. ’71

2018: Noah D. Pizmony-Levy Drezner ’00

2014: Peter D. Standish ’64

2013:

Jeanine Sullivan Cushman ’63
Richard A. Schwartz ’63, ’66 (MS) and Vicki Proschel Schwartz ’62

2012: Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen ’66 and Jane Zimelis Cohen ’67

2011: Michael E. Jones ’76

2010: Laurence H. Bloch ’75

2009: Richard Leibner ’59

2008: Jerry Gardner ’58

Award for Contributions to the Student Experience/
Student Life

Award for Contributions to the Student Experience
Established in 2010, the Award for Contributions to the Student Experience/Student Life recognizes alumni, parents, and organizations whose leadership and support have enhanced the student experience at the University of Rochester.

Note: Not accepting nominations at this time. Yet to be awarded as of 2011.

School of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award

Established in 1984, the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes graduates of the School of Arts & Sciences whose exceptional professional achievements, contributions to their chosen field, and service to their alma mater have brought honor to themselves and to the University of Rochester.

2021: Wade S. Norwood ’85, P’13, P’20

2019: Dr. Nathaniel Wisch ’55, P’96

2018: Dr. Norman P. Neureiter ’52

2014: John G. Levi ’69

2012:

Pandeli Durbetaki ’54 (MS), P’79
Nancy A. Lieberman ’77

2011: Gail A. Lione ’71

2010:

Louis George Lange III ’70
John Major ’67

2009: Don Winter ’69

Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award

Established in 1984, the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes graduates of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences whose exceptional professional achievements, contributions to their chosen field, and service to their alma mater have brought honor to themselves and to the University of Rochester.

2021: Robert T. Huang ’70 (MS), ’76 (MA)

2019: Dr. Daniel Sabbah ’74, ’78 (MS), ’82 (PhD)

2015: Stuart David Elby ’82

2014:

John (Jack) J. Carmola ’77
Theophano Mitsa ’88 (MS), ’91 (PhD)

2011: Lynn G. Seppala ’74 (PhD)

2009: Dr. Stephen D. Fantone ’79 (PhD)