2017 Awards Banquet


Alumni receive Distinguished Alumni and Deans’ Recognition Awards

TU’s finest were recognized May 5 by the TU Alumni Association at the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Deans’ Recognition Awards Banquet.

| 1 Distinguished Alumni Award
Mark P. Becker ’80, president of Georgia State University, is leading the institution through a dynamic period of growth and advancement.

He was executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina and dean of the School of Public Health.

| 2 Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Emily J. Taylor Au.D., FAAA ’13 opened her audiology practice, Taylor Listening Center, two months after her TU graduation. She specializes in diagnostic audiology and strives to create an atmosphere where people feel at ease and look forward to appointments.

2017 award recipients

The Deans’ Recognition Awards honor alumni from each college.

| 3 College of Business and Economics
Salvatore Correnti ’82 rose through the ranks of the former USF&G Corporation to launch its investment startup, Falcon Asset Management. He was later CEO of Conning Asset Management.

| 4 College of Education
Delegate Kathy Szeliga ’94 is the Republican representative for District 7 and serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee. She is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Maryland.

| 5 College of Fine Arts and Communication
Ian Belknap ’06 is the artistic director of the Acting Company in New York City. The New York Times has called his work “a stroke of curatorial inspiration.”

| 6 College of Health Professions
James R. Churilla ’89 is an associate professor and graduate program director of the Exercise Science and Chronic Disease Program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

| 7 College of Liberal Arts
Michael Edward Ranneberger ’71 had a distinguished diplomatic career in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He also was the State Department’s senior foreign policy adviser to three commanders of the U.S. Central Command.

| 8 Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
Christopher M. Young ’80, an engineer and entrepreneur, has founded seven companies over the past 30 years. These include Government Services Group (GSG), as well as ProObject, Secure Offices, The Yellowstone Group and MECH Recruiting.