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Trinity Awards Notable Alumni

Monday, December 2, 2019
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University recognizes alumni at annual Alumni Association awards ceremony

by Kale Ridge '21

During Alumni Weekend, Trinity University held its Alumni Association awards ceremony to recognize successful and noteworthy alumni. View all pictures from the event online

Distinguished Alumni Award

The highest award presented by the Trinity University Alumni Association—recipients have distinguished themselves through personal or professional achievement

headshot of hafnerJason H. Hafner ’93

Hafner earned his doctorate from Rice University in 1998 for work on carbon nanotubes and pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University with Charles Lieber. Dr. Hafner is currently a professor of physics and astronomy and chemistry at Rice, where his research lab uses nanomaterials to develop new methods to study molecular structure in biomembranes. 

 

Spirit of Trinity Award

Presented to a loyal alumnus who embodies what it means to be a Trinitonian

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Allison Hawk ’88

Hawk is an accomplished entrepreneur and consultant with more than 25 years of success in professional sports, government, nonprofit, and philanthropy. As founder of her communications consultancy, AHC Consulting, she provides strategic communications, planning, training, and facilitation services to a variety of clients throughout the United States. 

 

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Honors young alumni whose achievements set a standard of excellence worthy of recognition

headshot of bodeLeticia Bode ’05

Bode is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor in the Communication, Culture, and Technology master’s program at Georgetown University. Her work lies at the intersection of communication, technology, and political behavior, emphasizing the role communication and information technologies may play in the acquisition and use of political information. 

 

Fraternity & Sorority Life Alumni Adviser of the Year

Honors outstanding service to a Trinity University fraternity or sorority by an alumnus who has served in an advisory capacity

headshot of kalbLaura Kalb ’14

Since October 2015, Kalb has served as one of the Zeta Chi alumna advisers, working with the women of Zeta Chi to navigate organizational trials, challenge them to be the best they can be, and support them through their time as active Zeta Chi members. Kalb currently serves as an assistant director in the Office of Career Services at Trinity and as the Leadership Academy chair for the Junior League of San Antonio.  

 

Tower 5 Award

Recognizes young alumni who serve as an example of how to successfully transition from future to young alumni—recipients have found success in their profession and maintain a positive and engaged relationship with Trinity and its alumni community

headshot of lilleyAly Hazelwood Lilley ’09 

After spending several years as an assistant coach for Trinity’s volleyball team, in 2018 Lilley assumed the role of associate director for athletic giving and engagement in Trinity's Office of Alumni Relations and Development. Since 2011, Lilley has also served as the staff adviser for Trinity's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

 

headshot of eder northernElizabeth Eder Northern ’09

Eder Northern qualified for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic trials in the marathon, and most recently, she raced in the World 50K Championships for Team USA in Brasov, Romania, where she finished 6th in the world with the 4th fastest recorded female 50K time in U.S. history. Eder Northern is currently an analyst at Tarrant County College. 

 

headshot of mcculloughMark McCullough ’11, ’12 

McCullough earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity in 2012. He teaches fifth, seventh, and eighth grades at St. Luke’s Episcopal School in San Antonio. 

 

headshot of perdomoSalvator Perdomo ’13

Perdomo is a commercial real estate broker for CBRE, a Fortune 500 company, specializing in office and healthcare transactions. He received the NAIOP New Mexico Developing Leader of the Year award in 2018.

 

headshot of shockeyNick Shockey ’09

As the director of programs and engagement for SPARC, Shockey is an advocate and organizer working to make research and education open by default and equitable by design. In 2014, he led the launch of the global OpenCon community, which empowers early career advocates to take the lead in making research and education more open and fundamentally equitable. 

Kale Ridge is a writing intern for Trinity’s Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing.