Meet the 2016 alumni award winners

Five alumni whose accomplishments have distinguished Connecticut College were recognized with awards during Reunion 2016, June 3-5. 

Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award: Kevin Wade '76

The College’s longest-standing alumni prize, the Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award honors alumni who have contributed outstanding service and sustained active participation in Alumni Association activities.

Wade is a former trustee of the College, serving on several committees, including the Student Liaison and Advancement and Communications committees. He also volunteered as class gift officer for the Class of 1976.

Harriet Buescher Lawrence '34 Prize: Bruce Hoffman '76

The Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize recognizes alumni who are leaders in improving society or inspiring others for good.

Hoffman is one of the nation’s most distinguished scholars on terrorism. He currently serves as the director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and is also a tenured professor at Georgetown. He also serves as a global scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and as a senior fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center.

The Goss Award: Kay Landen '66

The Goss Award is given in recognition of alumni who have made significant contributions to the College community through enthusiastic participation in programs and activities.

Landen has been an invaluable members of the Class of 1966, serving as class gift chair, class president and Reunion chair. She’s also served as a class gift officer and a Reunion committee member.

Mach Arom '89 Award: Lauren Burke '06

The Mach Arom ’89 Award honors young alumni for service to Connecticut College and for distinguished achievements in their professional field or in society.

Burke is the co-founder and director of Atlas: DIY, a cooperative center assisting immigrant youth in New York City. The program has provided free legal services, language classes and college preparation programs for numerous youths. Burke created the first legal program offered by the New York Asian Women’s Center and served as the center’s legal department manager and supervising staff attorney.

The Alumni Tribute Award: Marian Silber '66

The Alumni Tribute Award was established in 1986 to honor alumni for sustained and extraordinary service to Connecticut College in keeping with the spirit of the Alumni Association.

Silber has been a loyal College volunteer, serving in a number of different capacities for many years—from the Reunion committee to class gift chair, and even as editor and officer of Koiné Gold.