Along with giving out a plethora of student awards, the Millersville University Alumni Association recognizes four major alumni awards at the annual Honors and Awards Convocation. The convocation will be held on May 4 at 10 a.m. in Marauder Court of the Student Memorial Center on campus.
The four recipients of the awards are as follows:
Dr. Melvin Allen, a 69′ MU graduate, who has been named the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. This award was established in 1971, and is given to any living alumni member. While he attended Millersville he founded the Black Student Union (BSU), which is still an active student organization today. He used to be a professor in the Department of Philosophy from 1969 – 2011. Also, he spearheaded the University’s Civic and Community Engagement and Research initiative from its inception in 2006.
The 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient is Dr. Keith Mellinger, a 95′ MU graduate. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Millersville University. Currently, he is an associate professor of mathematics and the chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. He is also the
recipient of many internal grants and a Jepson Fellowship from the University of Mary Washington, and in 2006 he was awarded a young investigator grant from the National Security Agency. During 2010, Mellinger and a Virginia Tech colleague received the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award, a national writing award, from the Mathematical Association of America.
MU’s recently retired 13th president of Millersville University, Dr. Francine G. McNairy, has been named the 2013 Honorary Alumni Award recipient. She was appointed president in 2003, and served as the chief executive officer with oversight of a $167 million budget, 1,000 employees and 8,368 undergraduate and graduate students. McNairy has been dedicated to public higher education, the growth and development of students, multiculturalism and civic engagement throughout her entire career. She also has championed faculty and student diversity, global education, economic development within the Lancaster region, accountability and transparency within and external to the University.
1970 graduate, Dr. Stephen Kepchar, Jr., has been named the 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recipient. He graduated from MU with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Kepchar was involved in three successive capital campaigns at Millersville, most recently chairing the Soar to Greatness capital campaign cabinet. In 1973 he joined Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in the Lancaster office, where he is currently a senior vice president and wealth advisor. He has also been active in the community, serving on the board of directors of Student Lodging, Inc., the advisory board of Hospice of Lancaster County and as president of Lancaster Sales and Marketing Executives.
These four recipients have done exemplary things for MU, and it is an honor that they are being recognized for all their hard work and dedication.