As part of Westminster College’s 2021 Reunion Week and Reunion, nine alumni will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards reception and dinner on October 15.
The Alumni Citation Awards will be presented to Michael Anthony ’77, Rebecca Bonner ’80, Karen Campman Emmett ’75, Douglas Hill ’76, Robert Lytle ’97 and Jon Seltenheim ’75. Mike Disotell ’11 and Kelly Lake ’11 will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, while Samuel Accordino ’22 and Megan Parker ’21 will receive the Rising Titan Awards.
This year’s event will recognize the 2020 and 2021 winners. The 2020 event has been postponed due to COVID-19.
The Westminster College Alumni Quotes were created to recognize alumni who have made significant achievements in their profession or made a significant contribution to the community or to Westminster. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni aged 10 or under who make a significant contribution to building their careers and serving their community or Westminster. The Rising Titan Award honors a promising student who demonstrates their ability to be a prominent alumnus.
â¢ Anthony, graduated in 1977 with a BS in Business Administration, is an investor and board member of 2nd Avenue Stores, a thrift store chain in the Philadelphia area, and also sits on the board of directors of Green Drop, which collects lightly worn clothing and household items and sells them to thrift stores.
â¢ Bonner, who graduated in political science in 1980, is a founding board member and executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Association for Recovery Addiction, the parent nonprofit of the Bridge Way School, the first Pennsylvania Recovery High School serving students who have had concurrent substance abuse and mental health issues. She has worked with non-profit organizations for over 30 years in secondary and post-secondary education as well as small business development.
â¢ Emmett, a 1975 graduate with a degree in Music Education and Singing, retired after 31 years teaching music, the last 23 of which were in the West Middlesex Region School District. She is a past president of the Westminster College Alumni Association, past president of the local alumni group and an active volunteer at Westminster.
â¢ Hill, who graduated in political science in 1976, is the retired executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. During his tenure of nearly 36 years, the association has grown steadily from a membership of six to around 90. He is a past president of Westminster College Alumni Council.
â¢ Lytle graduated in 1997 with a degree in public relations. He is the Acting Commander and Director of Operations at Youngstown Air Reserve Station and responsible for BAWA Acoustic NA operations, logistics and facilities. He served almost 27 years between active duty and reserve duty and was deployed five times in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
â¢ Seltenheim, graduated in 1975 with a degree in administration-business management, is an executive coach and consultant who retired from United Concordia Dental as senior vice president of government and business strategy. He is a former member of the Westminster Board of Directors.
â¢ Disotell, a 2011 magna cum laude graduate with a degree in English, continued his education at Ohio University Law School, where he graduated with honors. After graduating from law school, he joined the multinational firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in the employment litigation group on a team that has litigated high profile class actions across the country.
â¢ Lake, a 2011 graduate summa cum laude with a degree in English, is an associate producer of animated films at Illumination Entertainment. His credits include the films “Despicable Me”, “The Secret Life of Pets”, “Sing”, “The Grinch”, “Minions” and the upcoming “Minions: The Rise of Gru”.
â¢ Accordino, a Honors student from Canfield, Ohio specializing in neuroscience / pre-medicine, has held a variety of campus positions including President of the Interfraternity Council, Vice President of Theta Chi, President of the Pre-Health Society, Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity, Treasurer of Psi Chi, Vice President of Recruitment for Titan Guides, and Member of the Neuroscience Club, Tri-Beta, the Sexuality and Gender Alliance and Lambda Sigma.
â¢ Parker, a 2021 Mercer Nursing graduate, is a Maternity Nurse at UPMC Northwest in Seneca and Registered Nurse at George Junior Republic in Grove City. As a Westminster student, she served as President of the Student Government Association, Associate Trustee on the Westminster Board of Trustees, Student Tutor, Vice President of Philanthropy for the Sigma Kappa Sisterhood, Coordinator of Student Guidance , member of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society and volunteer at UPMC Horizon Hospital.
To attend the Alumni Awards reception and dinner, scheduled for October 15 at 6 p.m., please make a reservation online at www.westminster.edu/homecoming.