Six Return to IUP to Accept 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Posted on 4/18/2016 12:12:35 PM

Last week, the IUP Alumni Association presented five Distinguished Alumni Awards for pinnacle career achievement and one for extraordinary service to the university.

Chris Antemann '97, Almar Latour '94, David Reed '00, Clifford Watson '74, and Terry Yosie '74, who received the award for career achievement, and David Antolik '88, who received the award for service, spend spent Friday, April 15, meeting with students in classroom settings and then attended a gala event in John Sutton Hall's Blue Room event Saturday, April 16 to accept their awards. 

The videos below introduced each of the awardees at the Saturday gala. 

The IUP community is invited to make nominations for the award, which is presented every April. 

Chris Antemann '97 of Joseph, Oregon, is an independent artist and 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, is publisher and executive vice president of 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.

A graduate of the Cook Honors College's first graduating class, David Reed '00 of Indiana, Pennsylvania, is majority leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He 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.

Clifford Watson ’74 of Knoxville, Tennessee, is a systems safety and reliability engineer with 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., is 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.

David Antolik '88 of Indiana, Pennsylvania, is senior executive vice president and chief lending officer for 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.