SRU Alumni Association honors young alumni, SRU students


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will add four names to its Young Alumni Award recipient list at its 5 p.m., April 18, annual recognition and awards banquet at the Russell Wright Alumni House. The association will also honor a number of students with awards and scholarships.

Monte Chapman, a secondary education major from Turtle Creek, and Katlyn Hill, an early childhood and special education major from Stow, Ohio, will be awarded the Outstanding Senior Man Award and the Outstanding Senior Woman Award during the ceremony.

The Past President's Service Award will be presented to Linda Gordon Williamson, a 1973 SRU sociology graduate.

Young alumni being recognized this year are:

  • Kimberly Beasock, a 2005 communication graduate;
  • Lindsey MacNabb, a 2012, political science graduate;
  • Lindsay Mulvihill, a 2006 sport management graduate; and
  • Rebecca Wagner, a 2007 chemistry graduate.

The awards were created in 2005 by the SRU Alumni Association to recognize alumni that have demonstrated professional and personal accomplishments. Alumni are nominated by alumni, faculty and staff.

Those nominated for the honor must be a graduate of SRU with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree, and who have graduated within 10 years of the award's presentation.

Beasock is a senior analyst for global food safety and quality risk management with Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz. She was nominated as a Heinz Woman of Change in 2013 and was the Women's Inclusion Network communication chair. She currently is the senior manager of the management by objectives program doing work that includes training all employees globally to understand the MBO system, directing how to report accurate and timely metrics and is responsible for the strategic vision and communication effectiveness of the company's key performance indicators.

Through her travels for the company, she has communicated best practices leverage from other locations to improve performance in the business. Serving her community well, she has previously served as communication chair for the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet project "40 under 40" event and as auction chair for "Rock the Streets," a community human services event.

In addition to her SRU degree, Beasock earned her masters of business administration and certificates in global supply chain management and global management at the University of Pittsburgh.

MacNabb, an associate producer with CNN, currently produces the "wall" behind the anchor for CNN's evening show "The Lead with Jake Tapper," where she coordinates with the director and executive producer during the daily live broadcast. She also contributes to CNN's online coverage, writes and produces segments and pitches potential story ideas and guests.

She has covered numerous national breaking news stories from the control room and is often called upon for large-scale special events. Her credits include producing CNN's 2014 election night coverage and President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address. Previously, she has served as digital producer for the re-launch of "Crossfire" and contributed to CNN's political coverage as a member of the political unit.

Following graduation, she interned with PBS and CNN. Her first experiences in journalism and television, involved assisting in political coverage during the 2012 presidential election. Following her internship, she was hired by CNN, and then promoted to associate producer in less than a year.

As an SRU student, MacNabb was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; president of the Model UN and NATO Club, where she participated in several national conferences; vice president of the Student Government Association, where she spearheaded the "Happy Bus" wraps; and was named "Outstanding Senior" by the political science department.

She graduated magna cum laude and went on to earn her master's degree in media and public affairs at George Washington University.

Mulvihill, senior manager of corporate sales and services for the Pittsburgh Penguins, started her professional experience with an internship at the U.S. Golf Association, where she had operational duties as well as planned special events.

She has assisted with the Houston Junior Golf Program and the First Tee Program. In 2009, she began work as the ADT Championship coordinator for the Ladies Professional Golf Association where she managed the volunteer program and aided with the marketing and operations effort.

Continuing in golf, Mulvihill joined the marketing and promotions team for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont Country Club. As manager, she took charge of all marketing and promotional efforts, ticket sales and media for the championship.

Her work for the Penguins started as manager of event sales and service, where she was responsible for booking spaces and events inside the Console Energy Center for private and corporate events.

In addition to her SRU degree, Mulvihill earned her masters degree in sport management from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Wagner is with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Richmond, Va., where her principle focus is the development and validation of new methods, quality control/quality assurance, and uncertainty of measurement for the chemistry programs, including toxicology, controlled substances and trace evidence.

She participated in the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Maryland where she took first place as a student. She has also interned at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

While at SRU, Wagner undertook a research project under the guidance of Paul Birckbichler, associate professor of chemistry, which involved analysis of transglutaminase in normal and virus transformed mammalian cells in culture. While working on her advanced degree, she was involved in many research projects and was a teacher's assistant for numerous forensic chemistry and chemistry courses.

Her graduate research included analysis of nerve agent surrogates and illicit drugs using solid phase extraction in conjunction with isotope dilution mass spectrometry. She is proficient in mass spectrometry, microscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, solid phase extraction and mammalian cell culture, among others.

She went on to earn her doctorate in analytical chemistry at Duquesne University.

Hill will receive the Outstanding Senior Women Award for her excellent work both inside and outside the classroom.

She has undertaken undergraduate research, including presentations at a variety of conferences, and won a national award in Denver. She has also been involved in numerous leadership positions, including president of SRU's Green and White Society, serving on the University's 125th Founder's Day Celebration committee and serving as president of the Slippery Rock Student Government Association Inc.

Her community service includes participation in two Care Breaks and numerous campus and community clean up projects.

During her four years at SRU, she was named Homecoming Queen, 2014 Leader of the Year and was chosen as this year's speaker for the annual Academic Honors and Student Leadership Convocation.

Following graduation, Hill plans to teach and pursue both a master's and doctorate degree.

Chapman, this year's recipient of the Outstanding Senior Man Award, is being honored for his service on campus as an SRU tour guide for the Office of Admissions, peer mentor for the Office of Transition Services, mentor for the Office of Multicultural Development and peer leader for FYRST Seminar taught by Lorraine Craven, instructor in academic services and director of first-year and trans student experiences.

Chapman was a Special Olympics volunteer, served as secretary for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a member of the SRU track and field team where he was a part of a record-breaking relay team that won PSAC Indoor Championships in both the distance medley relay and 4x400 meter relay. He as elected Homecoming King in 2013.

Following graduation he plans to become a high school physics teacher and track coach.

Williamson, a member of the alumni association board of directors since 2008, will be honored as the past president.

She served as chairperson of the scholarship and awards committee for five years and volunteered with the organization at Freshman Orientation, the Graduation Celebration, SRU Alumni and Friends Golf Outing and during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. She also served as a member of the by-laws committee.

A life member of the association, Williamson retired in 2007 from the Polk Center, where she was a social worker.

Karl E. Schwab