Distinguished Alumni Honored for Pinnacle Achievement

Posted on 4/18/2017 3:21:33 PM

Seven alumni, five of whom are featured in the video above, were honored April 7 and 8, 2017, through the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards program, the IUP Alumni Association’s highest award.

The awardees returned to campus to meet with students in various classroom and informal settings. Their visit culminated with a gala awards ceremony Saturday evening.

The IUP Alumni Association welcomes nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. Deadline is August 31. Learn more about how to nominate alumni for this prestigious award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni for pinnacle career achievement. This year’s honorees include the following.

Ron Donoughe ’80, who specializes in regional landscapes, murals, and commissions. Last year, the John Heinz History Center acquired his paintings of 90 Pittsburgh neighborhoods for permanent exhibition. His 80 Indiana County works are a focal point of the IUP Performing Arts Center, and his murals and historical timeline grace the Cambria County Court House.

Colin Helms ’93, head of media for TED, an organization famous for thought-provoking talks and conferences, who now oversees strategy and operations for TED’s core media business. Helms previously had been associated with MTV for more than a decade, eventually becoming senior vice president of connected content.

Alan Herman ’69, M’71, chief scientific officer of Coherus Biosciences. He is responsible for all research and development activities of the Redwood City, California, company. Coherus is a leader in developing and commercializing biosimilar drugs that constitute an important new pharmaceutical category.

CJ Jaynes, ’79, M’82, the first woman ever to achieve Aviation Maintenance flag rank. Retired Rear Admiral C.J. Jaynes left the U.S. Navy in 2016 as program executive officer for Air Anti-submarine Warfare, Assault, and Special Mission Programs. Today, she owns a consulting company in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Jim Rose ’90, president and general manager of Seattle’s NBC affiliate, KING 5. KING 5 won the Edward R. Murrow Award for overall journalism excellence, as well as the National Association of Broadcasting’s highest award recognition for outstanding public service. Rose has spent his life in broadcasting in various other major markets.

Two recipients are unable to travel to IUP and will be honored at later date.

Ben McAdoo ’00, head coach of the New York Giants. McAdoo is one of only two coaches NFL coaches to never have played football at the college or professional level. His NFL path has taken him through New Orleans, San Francisco, and Green Bay. He became Giants offensive coordinator in 2014 and then head coach in 2016.

Leslie Miller Purser ’80, a major general in the U.S. Army and a deputy assistant secretary of the Army, overseeing training, readiness, mobilization, force structure, and manpower mix. She has held command and staff positions at every level in many parts of the U.S. and in Europe and Iraq.