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Celebrating Outstanding Alumni: The MIIS 2014 Alumni Achievement Awardees
May 21, 2014
This spring marks the third consecutive year of alumni, staff, faculty and friends nominating outstanding alumni for a trio of awards that acknowledge professional success, service, and other values important to the Institute. The Alumni Achievement Awards Review Committee, comprised of the provost, deans, student council representative, alumni relations director, one alumni influencer, and one faculty member met in February to review the numerous deserving nominations. After careful consideration and deliberation, the committee announced the following 2014 award recipients:
Distinguished Alumni Award: Mr. Ed Brzytwa, MACD ’03
Young Alumni Achievement Award: Mr. Vladimir Cernavskis, MAIPS ’04
Alumni Volunteer Service Award: Ms. Jennifer Ullman, MAIPS ’93
The 2014 Alumni Achievement Awards were presented during Spring Commencement as a way to acknowledge the many achievements of our alumni, and to demonstrate that our alumni truly live the motto of “Be the Solution.” While Ed was not able to attend Commencement, due to a commitment with a trade delegation negotiation in China, we happily celebrated Vladimir and Jennifer’s professional success and volunteer service to the Institute. Ed will receive his award later this year in Washington, DC.
For details about each awardee, check out their stories at alumni.miis.edu, and please mark your calendars for the 2015 award cycle in January—your nominations of our outstanding alumni are critical to the success of this program!
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