Nine distinguished members of the Ithaca College community were honored with the college’s top alumni awards at a Nov. 10 dinner in Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis to kick off the IC in The City - Reunion and Cortaca '22 weekend.
The achievements of the award winners are as diverse as the IC curriculum: establishing an orphanage in Haiti, becoming one of the few African-American colonels in the U.S. Marines, founding a Maryland Children’s Development clinic, serving as a staff researcher at the Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, and supporting the college in just about every conceivable capacity.
“Tonight's honorees join an illustrious cohort of alumni and non-alumni who have contributed their efforts and expertise to making a positive impact on our college community and the wider world,” said Ithaca College President La Jerne Terry Cornish in her welcoming remarks.
The awards are given by the Ithaca College Alumni Association, and were presented by the president of its board of directors, Tanya Hutchins ’89, along with host Michael Kushner ’13. Kushner, a former Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner himself for his musical-theatre-related accomplishments, kicked off the evening with a little Broadway pizazz by singing the Frank Loesser-penned song, “I Like Everybody.”