Connecticut College Magazine · Summer 2010


College dedicates Green to Jean C. Tempel ´65

Visitors enjoy a shady spot in the new Outdoor Classroom on the Jean C. Tempel ´65 Green, dedicated on the Saturday of Commencement Weekend,. Photo by A. Vincent Scarano.

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Creativity, activism characterize seven alumni honored at Reunion 2010

By Rachel Harrington

An Emmy-winning filmmaker, a lawyer helping farmers in rural Afghanistan and a trustee devoted to education were just three of the seven Connecticut College graduates honored June 5 at Reunion 2010.

Each year the College and the Alumni Association recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni with several awards presented during Convocation.

Connecticut College Medal

Judith Ammerman ´60 received the College Medal, the highest honor the College can confer, for enhancing the College´s reputation and nourishing its growth. Ammerman is an emeritus trustee devoted to education, evidenced by her work as an educator and with Connecticut College.

“To be a well-rounded person, you have to be educated,” Ammerman said. “As a teacher I hoped to get people started on that path.”

In 2002, she endowed the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology.

“Not only am I endowing the center for its interdisciplinary aspects and internships,” she said in 2002, “but also for its opportunities for student-faculty collaboration.”

The center distinguishes the College academically by offering students unique opportunities to link creative expression with technology. As a math teacher and early supporter of interdisciplinary learning, Ammerman said that supporting the center was “a natural fit” for her interests.

An exemplary Connecticut College volunteer, she supports the Connecticut College Club of Southwest Florida and has served as a Reunion planning committee member, class agent and member of the planned giving advisory committee.

Despite her many contributions to her alma mater, Ammerman was surprised to receive the award.

“It never occurred to me that I would be considered for this. It´s such an honor,” she said.

Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award

Scott Hafner ´80 was given the Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award, presented to alumni who have contributed outstanding services to their alma mater. He is an exemplary volunteer who is a great friend to the College and his class.

“When I think of how Conn impacted my life, it´s simple — great education, great friends,” he said, crediting professors like Helen Mulvey and Edgar Mayhew for inspiring him and encouraging students to think through a problem thoroughly.

Hafner is a member of the Board of Trustees, former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and very active class president. Co-owner of Hafner Vineyard, he´s even been known to donate wine for alumni events.

Outside of the College, he served 12 years on the board of San Francisco´s Horizons Foundation, the nation´s oldest gay and lesbian community foundation. This organization is very important to Hafner, who, after 27 years together, legally married Bill Glenn in 2008 following several earlier attempts that were invalidated by courts or voters.

Hafner has also served as a trustee and chair of the board of the Pacific School of Religion, a progressive, non-denominational seminary based in Berkeley.

Alumni Tribute Award

Beverly Bonfig Cody ´45 P´76 was honored with the Alumni Tribute Award, which celebrates a graduate who has given sustained and extraordinary service to the College.

Cody is a volunteer who has dedicated decades of her life to her alma mater, most notably leading a regional chapter of Camels in Chicago and organizing College events that featured guests like former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the late U.S. Sen. Charles H. Percy.

Her son, Todd Cody ´76, joined his mother on campus when she received the award. He said his mother gave back because she was grateful for the education she received from professors like Marjorie Dilley and for the lifelong friends she made like Marjorie Lawrence Weidig ´45 who nominated her for the award.

“Giving back is important to my mom and Connecticut College was a very influential part of her life,” he said.

As a member of the Executive Committee of the Girl Scouts, Cody applied her skills in fundraising and public relations. In Illinois, she also served on the board of directors for the Winnetka Community House Nursery School.

Additionally, Cody volunteered for the Northwestern University Settlement House, Winnetka Congregational Church and the Parent-Teacher Association of Avoca Elementary School. She also volunteered for the Snow Library when she lived in Massachusetts.

Goss Award

Frances Sears Baratz ´40 received the Goss Award, given to alumni for enthusiastic participation and significant contribution to the Connecticut College community.

Baratz is a stellar and consistent volunteer for the College who has held leadership roles in her class for decades, including Reunion chair, alumni ambassador and class correspondent. She also served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

A New London resident, she has volunteered for Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and the League of Women Voters, worked as a docent for the Monte Cristo Cottage (Eugene O´Neill´s childhood home) and served on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.

“My years at college served as a background for expanding my interests,” Baratz said. These include traveling to foreign countries and across the United States, as well as involvement in local issues.

A retired teacher, she also served as president of the ETA chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teachers´ organization.

Harriet Buescher Lawrence ´34 Prize

This year, Dana H. Freyer ´65 and Michael W. King ´75 received the Harriet Buescher Lawrence ´34 Prize, established to recognize alumni for their outstanding contributions to society.

Freyer, co-founder and chair of the board of directors for the Global Partnership for Afghanistan, was named a 2009 Purpose Prize fellow for her work in helping poverty-stricken men and women in rural Afghanistan develop profitable businesses and sustainable incomes for their families. Read more about her here.

King is an Emmy-winning filmmaker and producer. His topics over the last 17 years have included the Holocaust, Martin Luther King Jr., the African American experience, teenage sexuality, youth violence and education in poor communities.

“In film, we have a cinematic language that includes storytelling, cinematography, editing and music,” he said. “My degree has allowed me to explore these areas with confidence and competence.”

King was nominated in 2008 for an A&E Indie Film Spotlight Award for his film “Rapping with Shakespeare.” He was also the recipient of an International Television and Video Association Award and Visa for Life medal.

Recently, he was the filmmaker-in-residence and professor of film at Lynn University, and he previously taught at Emerson College.

King is currently producing, writing and directing a feature documentary, “The Rescuers,” featuring Sir Martin Gilbert and Prince Charles of Wales.

Mach Arom ´89 Award

Marinell Yoders Rousmaniere ´95 was honored with the Mach Arom ´89 Award, created to honor graduates for their service to Connecticut College and distinguished achievements in their professional fields or within society.

Rousmaniere has 15 years of experience working in youth development. Boston civic and philanthropic leaders recently tapped her skills as a consultant to direct efforts expanding arts programming in the city´s public schools and increasing college completion rates.

She previously served as the executive director of mytown inc., a nonprofit focused on connecting Boston teenagers to local history. She was also a senior staff member of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in the first mayoral initiative in the nation aimed at increasing the number and quality of after-school activities for youth.

She has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter of the College, organizing Boston alumni events. She has also mentored Connecticut College students, offering career advice and providing internships.

“My ability to think critically, ask the right questions, lead and learn is a direct result of my experiences with Connecticut College faculty, student government and alumni-sponsored internships,” Rousmaniere said.

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