These awards are presented to alumni of whom the college is particularly proud, who have made outstanding accomplishments in their careers and lives, whether in social service, business, or community service, with service to the college one of the many factors considered. Alumni under consideration for this award must have graduated a minimum of ten years ago. Nominations come from faculty, staff, and alumni. Selection is made by the president of the college.
Mary Anderson, Class of 1993
Mary began her career as a part-time kindergarten teacher at the Jay/Westfield School just prior to graduating from JSC. By the end of that summer, she was teaching full-time kindergarten in the morning and sixth-grade language arts in the afternoon, positions she held for three years. For two years she worked as the kindergarten teacher and reading recovery teacher transitioning into the role of teaching principal while working toward her M.Ed. from Trinity College. As she says, “It was an amazing experience that I continue to miss today.” After earning her degree and principal license through peer review, Mary applied for and was hired as full-time principal at Cambridge Elementary School. She is proud of her school’s accomplishments throughout her tenure which includes meetings with AYP in all areas since the inception of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Her work responsibilities and three-year-old son leave little time for volunteer work. At the Jay/Westfield School she engaged students in service learning projects on a regular basis such as collecting food for the local food shelf, cleaning up roadsides on Green Up Day, singing at the local nursing home and volunteering at a local organic farm. At Cambridge she has engaged students in each of these activities while also accompanying students to weekly “Lunch Bunch” where they help to serve lunch to seniors. She volunteers countless hours to fundraising for the Children’s Garden, a non-profit child care and preschool attended by her son. She says, “It seems that much of my work is dedicated to helping students living in poverty to achieve as much as possible.”
Lee Khan, Class of 1975
Lee received her B.A. in Political Science. She went on to attend DePauw University and currently serves as the senior vice president at the Wade Group in Washington, DC. Lee has an extensive background in communications, government relations and health care. She has designed and implemented legislative strategy that secured a competitive edge for the introduction of new products into the Federal Health Benefit Program. Lee has also advised and worked with foreign governments, including the Government of Grenada. She assisted the Prime Minister in efforts to privatize the Grenada Electric Company and served on a task force aimed at raising capital for the construction of hospitals.
In addition to being an associate and senior vice president with The Wade Group, Lee serves as an independent communications consultant. She was a division director for the Republican National Committee for 11 years, where she focused solely on the use of political volunteers in year-round activities to promote local leadership in problem solving. She also has advised numerous community affairs campaigns, including Beautiful Babies, which reduced infant mortality in the Washington, D.C. area by 23 percent.