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Penn State Smeal Alumni Society Board recognizes 2017 honorees

March 27, 2017

Karla Trotman
Karla Trotman, a 1998 business logistics alumna, was named the Alumni Diversity Award winner Friday at the Penn State Smeal Alumni Society Board's 2017 Awards Program and Hammond Society Dinner. The Diversity Award recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated a commitment to the college’s goal of being a diverse and mutually supportive community that provides a climate of sensitivity, open-mindedness, and respect.
The Penn State Smeal Alumni Society Board honored its 2017 Alumni Society Board award winners on Friday. Two students and four alumni were recognized at the 2017 Awards Program and Hammond Society Dinner at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. 

The awards and the 2017 recipients are as follows: 

Board Sponsorship Award
Recognizes a Smeal graduating senior for demonstrating outstanding leadership and scholarship. The recipient is given the opportunity to be an ex-officio member of the Alumni Society Board for the year following graduation.
Recipient: Jess Solley ’17 finance

Student Diversity Award
Recognizes a Smeal student for leadership in an individual or group project that furthers diversity efforts at Smeal.
Recipient: Jessie West ’17 accounting 

Alumni Diversity Award
Recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated a commitment to the college’s goal of being a diverse and mutually supportive community that provides a climate of sensitivity, open-mindedness, and respect.
Recipient: Karla Wallace Trotman ’98 business logistics 

Outstanding Young Alumna Award
Recognizes a graduate for career achievements and community service.
Recipient: Ruby Zhou ’13 finance 

Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award
Recognizes a graduate alumnus/alumna whose career achievements have enhanced the prestige of the college.
Recipient: Lara Warner ’88 finance 

Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award
Recognizes a graduate alumnus/alumna whose career achievements have enhanced the prestige of the college.
Recipient: Michael Piwowar ’90 BA, ’98 Ph.D. 

Nine new members were also inducted into the Hammond Society, which is named in recognition of J.D. Hammond, dean of Smeal from 1989-1999. 

Induction into the Hammond Society serves to honor alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to Smeal and to foster their continued involvement in the college. Membership is offered to alumni of the college who have served out their maximum number of terms on the Smeal Alumni Society Board as an at-large director. 

Hammond Society inductees:

  • James Brandau ’03 finance (served from 2007-17) current president
  • Barbara Bridendolph ’82 MBA (2011-17)
  • Timmy Garde ’78 accounting (2011-17)
  • Gregory Grose ’80 MBA (2008-17)
  • Russell Hartz ’93 management (2011-17)
  • David Koerner ’06 marketing (2011-17)
  • Abigail Mendes ’05 finance (2007-17)
  • Glenn White ’77 business logistics (2011-17)
  • Harold Wright ’58 business (2008-17)
    Hammond Society members
    Members of the Penn State Smeal Alumni Society Board Hammond Society gathered Friday night during the 2017 Awards Program and Hammond Society Dinner. The Hammond Society is named in recognition of Dr. J.D. Hammond, dean emeritus, for his support and profound influence in the development of the Smeal Alumni Society Board. Hammond was dean of the Smeal College from 1989-1999. The induction into the Hammond Society serves to honor alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to the Smeal College of Business and to foster their continued involvement in the college. Membership is offered to alumni of the college who have served out their maximum number of terms on the Smeal Alumni Society Board as an At-Large Director.
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