2024 Alumni Awards

Thank you to all who nominated a fellow alum for the Connecticut College 2024 Reunion Alumni Awards. This year we will recognize alumni with class years ending in 4s or 9s and we are pleased to share our fantastic Alumni Award Recipients below.  

The award winners will be honored during Reunion Weekend at Alumni Convocation on Saturday, June 1, 2024 in the new Athey Center for Performance and Research at Palmer Auditorium. Please join us to recognize and support your fellow alumni for their amazing achievements. Help us celebrate your classmates for their service to Connecticut College, distinguished personal or professional accomplishments, or commitment to improving their communities. 


Mach Arom ’89 Award

The Mach Arom ’89 Award honors young alumni for service to Connecticut College and for distinguished achievements in their professional field or in society. The award is named in honor of Mach Arom who died of a heart attack in Rwanda while on a humanitarian mission for the International Rescue Committee. Mach is remembered for his service to his class and Connecticut College and the ways in which he carried out everything he did with intense commitment, strong presence, attention to detail and unbelievable energy.

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2024 Recipient: Gabriella Araya ’19

Social Work Case Manager at the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital

As an undergraduate, Gabriella was involved in everything from youth mentorship to the women’s rugby team to the Women’s Empowerment Initiative. That willingness to share and give back carries on in her career with Americorps VISTA and as a social worker at the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Health Program. Her work aiding 9/11 first responders and survivors in accessing mental health care and management services has had a genuine impact on their lives. Gabriella is fiercely protective, compassionate and genuine in all her endeavors.

My thoughts on being a Camel:
Immersing myself in community engagement and advocacy at Conn led me to become a licensed social worker with a passion for social justice.

Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award

The Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award, established in 1961, honors alumni who have contributed outstanding service, demonstrated by continued interest in the Alumni Association and sustained active participation in class, club or Board of Directors activities. Agnes Berkeley Leahy, Class of 1921, served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors twice and was a member of the Board of Trustees for ten years.

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2024 Recipient: Jamie Glanton Costello ’89

Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Jamie exemplifies a passion for all things Conn and has a longstanding commitment to volunteerism. Jamie has helped shape our community in numerous ways—as a mentor, a fundraiser and a Board of Trustee member. She also served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, breaking boundaries as the first person of color to serve as president. She continues to be a beacon of encouragement and knowledge for our alumni community. 

When I think about Conn:
It’s not a memory, it is a feeling—a sense of belonging and friendship. The Class of 1989 is a wonderfully unique group that has supported one another over the years and I am blessed to be a part of the magic.

Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize

The Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize recognizes alumni who are leaders in improving society or inspiring others for good, either through direct service or through changing the climate of human life materially, socially, ethically or spiritually. Harriet Buescher Lawrence spent the last years of her life increasingly involved with charitable activities and in support of higher education.

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2024 Recipient: David Grann ’89


David is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and staff writer at The New Yorker. His novels continue to enthrall readers and his writing tackles intimidating, complex topics. Additionally, David is a frequent speaker who has given talks about everything from the importance of historical memory to the dangers of complicity in unjust systems to the art of writing. 

How my Conn experience shaped me:
The broad liberal arts education made me endlessly curious about the world and laid the foundation for me to be a writer.

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2024 Recipient: Ann Napolitano ’94


Ann has been recognized by top critics for several of her recent works. Her novel Hello Beautiful was an instant New York Times bestseller and the 100th Oprah Book Club pick. Dear Edward, another New York Times bestseller, was adapted for the screen on Apple TV+. 

Conn’s lasting impression:
Professor Blanche Boyd was a seminal figure in my becoming a writer. I took classes in English Literature—a Henry James seminar and a Finnegan’s Wake seminar in particular—that had a huge impact on me.


The Goss Award

The Goss Award recognizes alumni who, through their enthusiastic participation in programs and activities, have made a significant contribution to the Connecticut College community. This award was established by Cassandra Goss Simonds ’55. Cassandra served in a wide range of positions as a student and as an alumna, including as class president and as president of the Alumni Association Board or Directors.

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2024 Recipient: Saveena Dhall ’94

Educational Leader, Consultant & Coach 

Saveena is a passionate and deeply committed volunteer at Connecticut College, currently serving as an Alumni Association Board of Directors Vice President. She has served on numerous committees on the Board including the Unity and Engagement Committees. With her commitment to DEIA-minded work, she has helped our community flourish.

Looking back at my time at Conn:
I found my voice here. There were so many incredible, powerful women of color—juniors and seniors—who mentored me and widened their circle to include me. I learned so much from them, as well as from my professors and the staff who gave their gifts to the Conn community.

The Alumni Tribute Award

The Alumni Tribute Award, established in 1986, honors an alumna or alumnus who has given sustained and extraordinary service to the College. Service must be in keeping with the purposes and spirit of the Alumni Association, but it doesn’t have to be given through the Association. Nominees cannot be currently employed by the College or members of the Association’s Board of Directors. Nominees must be approved by the Board. The award is presented annually to a member of a Reunion class during the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association.

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2024 Recipient: Warren Erickson ’74

Retired VP of Human Resources, MassMutual Financial Group

Warren’s commitment to Connecticut College is unwavering and admirable. He has served the College in many noteworthy ways including the Board of Trustees, Rosemary Park Society, Class Gift Officer, Alumni Association Board of Directors, and most recently, on his 50th Reunion Committee as the Class Gift Chair. Warren inspires others to give back to Connecticut College  — his joy and enthusiasm are contagious.

Lasting legacy:
My fondest memories are singing with Gamut, the College’s first coed a cappella group; taking religion courses with Professor Garrett Green; and serving as a Housefellow in Lambdin House. Conn helped build my self-confidence and instilled in me the belief that I could do anything I put my mind to. I was a scholarship student at Conn; without the financial aid I received, I would not have been able to attend. I will never feel as if I’ve repaid the College for all it gave me.

The Unity Award - New in 2024

The Unity Award is awarded at Celebrations Reunions and recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond in their contributions towards promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in their personal and professional lives.

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2024 Recipient: Annie Scott ’84

Director of Information Technology, Connecticut State Community College Middlesex Campus

Annie is a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her commitment to supporting alumni and students of color is laudable. Annie has served Connecticut College in many capacities including the Board of Trustees, Presidents Council on Equity and Inclusion, HERD Mentorship program, Reunion Committee, Class Gift Officer, Alumni Association Board of Directors, and most recently, as the Chair of the 50th Anniversary of Unity Committee 

Why give back?
At Conn, I felt the initiative and inspiration to speak my truth and to advocate not only for myself but for those who were less able. I felt comfortable at any table. I want everyone to have the experience that I did—the FEELINGS of belonging, being welcome, being heard, being seen, being valued and being an integral part of the herd!