The following members of the Hartwick College community have been selected to receive Alumni Awards. The honor salutes graduates and faculty or staff for their service.

Charlene McCutcheon Marx ’77 of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will be presented the Meritorious Service Award for demonstrating outstanding loyalty and effective service to the college.

Joanne Dittes Yepsen ’80 of Saratoga Springs, will be named the winner of the Distinguished Alumna Award, given in recognition of a graduate who has distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements in their professional career and or civic or charitable activities

Jennifer Murphy Picardo ’10 of Washington, D.C., earned the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, given to a graduate of the last decade who has shown outstanding competence, performance and achievement in professional or volunteer activities

Dawn D. Rogers Kroll of Otego has earned the Outstanding Volunteer Award which recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding and sustained volunteer service for the college. Included are alumni, retired employees, parents or friends of the college.

Dr. Andrew Piefer of Oneonta is the college’s Outstanding Employee, as someone who has gone above and beyond their job to support the Alumni Association.

The group will be celebrated at a reception during True Blue Weekend at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in Lambros Arena in the Binder Physical Education Center on campus.

According to a media release, Marx is a Hartwick nursing graduate and former trustee. She worked as a registered nurse before retiring in 2010. She is married and has four daughters, two of who also graduated from Hartwick, Zoe in 2010 and Alexandra in 2016. 

Yepsen is the former mayor of Saratoga Springs. During her 12-year administration she helped secure $3.5 million in federal and state grants toward creating the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail, a 24-mile recreational trail network.

She also co-founded Sustainable Saratoga, a 501c3 organization dedicated to deploying education and advocacy initiatives to take action on natural resources protection and the establishment of sustainable practice.

The White House Award for ending homelessness among veterans (2015), and the New York State Assembly Women of Distinction Award are among the accolades she has earned during her illustrious career. She is forming a new LLC to build a national fundraising stream for 2020 Women’s Centennial Celebration activities, among other mission-driven public affairs collaborations throughout New York State and nationally.

The former psychology major returned to campus last year to meet with students and faculty in the psychology and Environment, Sustainability & Society majors, sharing insights and offering career advice.

Picardo is a staff accountant for the Washington Nationals baseball team. After a field hockey career at Hartwick and graduating cum laude in business administration, Picardo set her sights on a career in the front office of a Major League Baseball team. 

She spent two seasons working with the Trenton Thunder, Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees, before joining the Nationals.

Picardo has hosted multiple outings at her home ballpark, furthering the college’s strong alumni base in the Washington, D.C. metro area. More than 35 alumni, from classes ranging over the last 50 years, have attended.

Rogers Kroll was recently promoted to Assistant to President Margaret L. Drugovich. Since arriving at Hartwick in August, she has volunteered as a Wick 101 coach, and for a number of campus events.

Rogers Kroll has a degree in Library Science, has worked in public libraries for about 20 years and previously was executive director for Literacy Volunteers for Otsego and Delaware Counties.

An associate professor of chemistry and department chair, Piefer is in his 13th year at Harrwick. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dickinson College and doctorate degree in chemistry from New Mexico State University.

Before joining Hartwick, he served as a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania and visiting assistant professor at Haverford College.

His research training is in virology, the study of viruses.

Piefer teaches biochemistry and chemistry and works closely with Hartwick students and faculty members on microbiology research projects.

One project, examining the bacteria present on hops, was accepted for publication last month.

He has is director of the college’s Health Advisory Committee. 

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