The East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. honored Burt Saltzman, chairman of Dave’s Supermarkets, with the Civic Stakeholder Award at its 31st annual meeting in October. Saltzman opened the first inner-city retail center in Akron in four decades. Dorothy Smith also was recognized for serving 25 years as an East Akron board member.
The Akron Urban League has selected seven women to honor at its Women of Power luncheon on Nov. 7 at the Urban League in Akron. They are: Virginia Albanese, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Custom Critical; Roxia Boykin, vice president, community benefit and diversity, Summa Health System; Patricia Divoky, director, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services; U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland; Iris Harvey, vice president, university relations, Kent State; Carolyn Hofmann, employee activities coordinator, Akron Children’s Hospital; and the Rev. Diana Swoope, senior pastor, Arlington Church of God.
Three people were honored at the Stark County Guardian Support Services’s annual awards dinner. Guardian of the Year was Johanna Varn, who was nominated by McKinley Health Care Center. Julian Harris, nominated by Canton Health Care Center, and Denise Shelt, nominated by Altercare of Nobles Pond, were recognized as Health Care Workers of the Year.
Walsh University in North Canton honored five outstanding alumni at a special lunch in October. The 2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards went to Thomas Kirkpatrick, vice president of auditing for Timken; Mary Elizabeth Hill, principal of Newark (Ohio) Catholic High School; and Michael Douglas, founder of Diversity Initiatives Inc. David Baxter, a professor emeritus of American literature at Walsh, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Gregory Sbaraglia, a public relations practitioner, received the Distinguished Service Award.
A Kent State junior was awarded a $3,000 Ohio Space Grant Consortium Junior Scholarship. Chelsea Atkins, an aeronautics major, was among 100 students from 25 Ohio universities and colleges to receive the award. The program is open to all science, technology, engineering and math undergraduates.
Copley High School’s Academic Challenge team won the first tournament this fall at Olmsted Falls High School. Team members were juniors Bobby Wagner, Grant Stouffer and Sayeef Moyen and sophomores were Zach Varley and Will Gao.
Terrence Spivey, artistic director of the Karamu House in Cleveland, was named director-in-residence at the Kent State African Community Theatre. Established in 1970, the KSU Theatre uses drama to highlight the experiences of people of African descent.
Malone University selected four alumni to honor. They are Lori Stokes of Canton, the equal employment opportunity officer for Akron Metro RTA, who received the Malone Management Program Leadership Excellence Award; Dr. Ronald D. Crock of Uniontown, medical director for the Mercy Medical Center’s palliative medicine program, Graduate School Alumnus of the Year; Brian Hollingsworth of Akron, associate development officer at Akron Children’s Hospital, Young Alumnus of the Year; and Cyrus Mad-Bondo of Lynchburg, Va., Africa regional director for World Help, a faith-based humanitarian organization, Alumnus of the Year.
Aiesha Motley, associate director of operations for multicultural development at the University of Akron, is the 2013 recipient of the Professional Development Scholarship Award presented by ACE Women’s Network-Ohio.
Three students in the University of Akron’s chemistry department were recognized for their achievements. Timothy Moneypenny received the 2013 ACESS/OMNOVA scholarship award. Michael DeBord and Alexandra Taraboletti, both graduate students, won awards at Cleveland State’s Interdisciplinary Research Club Conference.
Navy petty officer first class Matthew L. Dobbins, son of Carla Dobbins of Akron and David Dobbins of Springfield Township, was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his work aboard the USS Harry Truman. He graduated from Garfield High School in 2005.
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