Lifetime Achievement Award

The College of Emporia has initiated an ongoing Lifetime Achievement Award, designed to recognize alumni for exceptional service to humanity, contributions of new knowledge in their chosen field, significant achievement in public service or accomplishment and leadership in the private sector. This award also allows us to share stories of the way C of E has had a huge impact on others, sometimes world wide, through the careers of graduates and former students.

This award was first given at the 2013 reunion and has been awarded at each subsequent reunion. 

Nominations are always accepted for  Lifetime Achievement Awards. The nomination form can be downloaded at any time.

We are proud to present the Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Their stewardship of the spirit of the College of Emporia ensures that C. of E. will live on!




2016 Class

L.J.Corcoran  (A64)

For his career with NASA wherin he played key roles in the Apollo missions, Skylab and the Joint Russian and American Space Station.

Julia Hudson  (A59)

For her lifelong work in educating several generations of children, many disadvantaged, in Northern New Mexico.

Ted Vernardakis  (A65)

For his research and development work, which enhanced clarity and color in printing processes and contributed to environmental improvement.

 Andreas Vikis  (A64)

For his groundbreaking work for Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd., including two patents and authorship of over 100 publications.


2015 Class

Thomas Simpson, M.D.  (A69)

For a lifetime of exceptional service to his patients, his community, Sterling College and his profession.

Jack Sinagra (A72)

For a lifetime of exceptional public service, culminating in his Chairmanship of the Port Authority of New York.


2013 Class

Sue Bowden (X71)

For the difference she has made in the lives of all children through her personal mission to protect their health and well-being.

L. Grace Branstetter Corrick (A60)

For her exemplary service locally and nationally to students and their life-long learning

Dale Raymond Corson (A34)

For his lifetime of distinguished service to the field of physics and higher education.

Bob Charles Everoski (A68)

For his contributions to the field of astronomy and Masters’ Track and Field Events.

Jessamine Ewert Guislain (A59)

For lovingly sharing her gift of music and her dedication to the dignity of all humanity

Ruth K. Keraus (A54)

For the joy she brought to others through her music and her commitment to peace and fairness

Barbara Brenner Mathis (X63)

For her altruism and the joy she brings to the world through her love of music.

Dr. Ben Nassim (A71)

For his research in organic chemistry and for leading ethically with kindness, humor and gusto

Vernon Louis Parrington (A1891)

For his contribution to historical understanding, to students’ thinking and for his independence

Jack W. Rickard (A57)

For the inspiration others gain through his painting, poetry, photography, and storytelling…and for giving life to Presby Pete!

Wadad Saba (X59)

For her lifelong encouragement of students to sing for joy and for sprinkling magic in the air to those around her

Laura M. Schlobohm (A41)

For being a guardian of youth, a remarkable educator, a champion for education

Dr. Dale B. Taylor (X61)

For his pioneer work in music therapy research and his contributions to the understanding of the brain and music as therapy.

Harriet Adamson Wilkins (A59)

For her lifetime of service to others and her active involvement in the betterment of our world through volunteerism and leadership

David R. Young (A62)

For his contributions as a music educator to the performance and scholarly aspects of the marching band.