Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 Wins Hillman Prize, Joins Posse Advisory Board

HWS Trustee and Emmy Award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 was awarded the Sidney Hillman Prize for his reporting in the segments “The Whistleblower” and “Too Big to Prosecute.” The Hillman prizes recognize work in the field of socially conscious journalism, this year honoring Whitaker and his colleagues at 60 Minutes and The Washington Post for examining the culpability of the drug industry in the opioid epidemic.

In April 2018, Whitaker was also named the newest National Advisory Board member of the Posse Foundation, one of the most successful college access and youth leadership development programs in the country. Since 2013, HWS’ partnership with Posse has created access for 50 students, with a new cohort arriving this fall.


Knoll ’06 Publishes New York Times Bestseller

Author Jessica Knoll ’06 released her highly anticipated second novel, The Favorite Sister, in May which quickly rose to the New York Times bestseller list. Published by Simon & Schuster, The Favorite Sister “explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America— and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.” Knoll recently signed a deal to develop her sophomore novel into a television series. Knoll is also the author of Luckiest Girl Alive, the 2016 bestseller that Knoll is developing for film with Lionsgate Entertainment.


Horowitz ’98 in the Oscars Spotlight

For his 10th year reporting at the Oscars, Josh Horowitz ’98 joined Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic on E! for red carpet coverage on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. “Working the Oscars is always an amazing, once-in-alifetime opportunity,” says Horowitz, a correspondent for MTV News. “There are very few events and moments that you know in advance will be a permanent piece of pop culture.” Recently, Horowitz expanded the scope of his digital entertainment projects in a new deal with MTV’s parent company Viacom Digital Studios. The deal, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, also includes the relaunching of Horowitz’s sketch comedy web series, After Hours.


Hayes ’71 Breaks 4 Records at Swimming Nationals

Christie Hayes ’71, a 1997 William Smith College Heron Hall of Honor inductee, won five medals and set four national records in the women’s 70-74 age group at the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship in May. Hayes won and set records in the 1,650 (setting the 1,000 record on the way) 500 and 200 freestyles. Hayes competed in her first World Masters Swimming Championship in 1986 when she won gold medals in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and won a silver medal in the 50 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.


Kauffman’s Book No. 1 on Amazon

The latest work by architectural historian Jordan Kauffman ’02 is a No. 1 best seller in Amazon’s Architectural Criticism category. Drawing on Architecture: The Object of Lines, 1970–1990 (MIT Press) explores how architectural drawings emerged as valuable art, promoted by a network of galleries, collectors and institutions during the 1970s and 1980s, and how this changed the understanding of architecture. An architectural historian whose work spans from the Renaissance to the late 20th century, Kauffman has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Brandeis University and the Architectural Association in London.


Miller ’15 a “History-Maker”

Philadelphia-based radio station Boom 103.9 featured Dominque Miller ’15 in its “Local History Makers” series for Black History Month in February. Miller was named one of the city’s “30 Under 30” for her work in political campaigns, including strategic planning, fundraising and youth engagement through internship programs. Earlier this year, she was named Chief Operating Officer of J&S Strategies, a fundraising firm that has generated more than $47 million for candidates, political action committees and charitable organizations since 2011.


Morrow ’09 Honored as One of “30 Under 30”

The Pittsburgh Business Times recognized Delvina L. Smith Morrow ’09 with its inaugural “30 Under 30” award, a celebration of up-and-coming executives, innovators and thought leaders who will shape the future of Pittsburgh. Morrow received the honor while serving as director of development and community engagement for Providence Connections, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen families and enrich lives through comprehensive education and developmental opportunities for parents and children. She now serves as the director of development and community engagement at Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse.


Dexheimer Honored by Hangar Theatre

During a special gala held in his honor, the Hangar Theatre of Ithaca, N.Y. celebrated emeritus member of their board, HWS Honorary Trustee Roy Dexheimer ’55, P’86, GP’18, LL.D. ’80 for his extraordinary service and dedication to their organization. A member of the community for three decades, Dexheimer helped expand and shape the core of the theatre’s mission: to enrich, enlighten, educate and entertain audiences throughout the Finger Lakes Region. “Having dedicated his life to education and inspired two generations of educators himself,” says Michael Barakiva, artistic director of the Hangar Theatre, “Roy has ensured the Hangar’s educational programs remain a top priority in serving students of all backgrounds.”


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