Above from left, Tony Dolan ’84, Sandra Jillson King ’65, Victoria Welch ’09, Sara Luczynski ’02, Interim President James C. Clemmer ’86, the parents of Christopher Kingsley ’90 - Sharon and Carl Kingsley, and Cecelia Hamrock Kennedy ’78. Below, the Kingsleys hold a photo of their son, who could not attend the luncheon.
Stanley Cup Winner among Alumni Award Recipients
This year’s six alumni award recipients include a two-time Stanley Cup winner, an educator whose diverse students include those from throughout the globe, and the co-chair of Sowing Seeds for Success, which raised more than $30 million for MCLA.
The award recipients – who were recognized at a Saturday, Oct. 17 ceremony and luncheon held as part of the 2015 Reunion Weekend – joined the ranks of MCLA’s many distinguished alumni who make a difference in the world, every day.
Tony Dolan ’84 received the Outstanding Service to the College Award. He is a professional within the field of communications and the founder of Resound, Inc., which develops and produces content for Fortune 100 companies. As co-chair of Sowing Seeds for Success: the MCLA Campaign for the Future, he was instrumental the achievement of this more than $30 million fundraising effort as he worked to reconnect and reengage other alumni of the College.
Cecelia Hamrock Kennedy ’78 received the Humanitarian Award. An exemplary volunteer, Kennedy carries on the proud campus tradition of service to her community. The senior facility manager for Plymouth Rock Assurance Company, she volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America, Special Olympics, and serves as the co-president of the Madison Board of Education. She also is a co-founder of the Team Eagle Foundation, and co-developed a week-long mentoring program for young adults ages 15-20 to encourage their leadership potential.
Sandra Jillson King ’65 was the recipient of the Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award. King’s classroom knew no boundaries as she’s taught in public school, corporate and state prison settings. Involved with training and education throughout her career, she’s dedicated a lifetime to the empowerment through education. Her career included teaching history to high school students in Vermont, entry-level programming to inmates at Walpole State Prison, and business writing skills to Ugandan women.
As the head athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Kings since 2006, Christopher Kingsley ’90, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award, has had his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup twice in the past three years. Fresh out of high school from Greenfield, Mass., his first love was hockey, and he intended to play the sport for the College when a knee injury sidelined him. It was then that he decided to pursue sports medicine. He went on to a career in athletic training, including 15 years with the Kings.
As the recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award, Sara Luczynski ’02 was recognized by MCLA for her compassion toward young people, her devotion to her students and to her peers, and for the way she cares for their success. In addition to teaching English and French for the North Adams Public School System, she became the instructional support facilitator in 2014, to work with struggling teachers to improve their teaching. For her work in Advanced Placement students and encouraging young people to enroll in high-level classes, she was recognized by Boston’s Mass Insight in Education with their Partners in Excellence Award.
Victoria Welch ’09, a chiropractor in the Burlington, Vt., area for Chittenden County Chiropractic, was honored with the Young Alumni Award. Welch works to further her knowledge of the field through her relationship with University of Vermont affiliate Fletcher Allen Health Care, within the departments of spinal orthopedics, neuroradiology, neurosurgery and obstetrics.
The alumni award recipients were recognized at a luncheon held in their honor, where they were presented their awards by Interim President James C. Clemmer ’86.