Distinguished Alumni Return to Campus for Annual Awards Program

Posted on 4/8/2016 2:50:18 PM

1 DAA crystal awardSeven alumni will be honored April 15 and 16 through the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards program, the IUP Alumni Association's highest award.

The awardees will return to campus to meet with students in various classroom and informal settings. Their visit culminates at a gala awards ceremony Saturday evening.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni for pinnacle career achievement, while the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service recognizes the recipient for extraordinary volunteer service to the university.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Chris Antemann '97 of Joseph, Oregon
Independent Artist, Porcelain Sculptor

Antemann has served as artist in residence for Meissen Porcelain Manufacturing in Germany. She has served on the boards of LH Projekt International and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and has earned numerous awards and received many visiting artist invitations. Her work is in permanent collections around the nation and has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and China. She holds an MFA degree from the University of Minnesota.

Almar Latour '94 of New York, New York
Publisher and Executive Vice President, Dow Jones Media Group

Latour was named a Distinguished Alumni Award winner in 2010, but his schedule prevented him from coming IUP to accept the award until this year. At that time, he served as The Wall Street Journal's editor-in-chief in Asia. He then served as executive editor for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. In his current position, he oversees the growth of consumer and business brands including Barron’s, MarketWatch, Financial News, and Mansion Global, all part of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. He holds a master's degree from American University.

David Reed '00 of Indiana, Pennsylvania
House Majority Leader, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

As a state representative, Reed has led Empowering Opportunities, a poverty policy initiative that studies barriers facing low-income residents. He created and led to passage a competitive business tax package designed to stimulate economic growth. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star by MSNBC and was named Pennsylvania’s Brightest Rising Start by PoliticsPA. He holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Stephenson ’72 of McLean, Virginia
Lawyer, Partner, Holland & Knight

Stephenson has served as Holland & Knight's construction industry practice group leader and executive partner of the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. He serves as a private arbitrator and serves as an adjunct law professor at American University. A member of the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors, he was instrumental in assisting the foundation during IUP's Residential Revival. He received his law degree from Georgetown University.

Clifford Watson ’74 of Knoxville, Tennessee
Systems Safety and Reliability Engineer, NASA

Watson has held safety engineering positions with Alcoa, Martin Marietta Corp., and Lockheed Martin. After the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion, Watson, who at that point was employed by NASA, was recruited to focus on safety issues. In 1988, he received the Silver Snoopy, awarded by NASA astronauts, for his work on the space shuttle external tank program. He holds the Certified Safety Professionals designation.

Terry Yosie ’74 of Washington, D.C.
President and CEO of the World Environment Center

Before becoming president and CEO of the World Environment Center, an organization that advances sustainable development, Yosie served the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as science advisory board director; the American Petroleum Institute as vice president of health and environment; and the American Chemistry Council as vice president. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Carnegie Mellon University.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service

David Antolik '88 of Indiana, Pennsylvania
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, S&T Bank

Since his graduation, Antolik has served IUP in numerous volunteer capacities--as an advisory board member of the Lively Arts, as a member of Foundation for IUP Board of Directors and as chair of the foundation's finance committee, and, most recently, as a member of the IUP Research Institute Board of Directors. During his term of service with the Foundation for IUP, he was instrumental in assisting the foundation through the financing of each phase of the university's Residential Revival project.