Hank Azaria, A88, was nominated for a Tony Award for “best
performance by a leading actor in a musical” for his
role as Lancelot in the new musical Spamalot. The actor, who
uses his gift of mimicry to give voice to other characters
in the Broadway show, is best known for his various roles on
the television series The Simpsons, including Apu, Moe the
Bartender, and Lou the Cop.
Ashley Berk, J98, received a Presidential Award for Excellence
in Mathematics Teaching. A fifth-grade teacher at Travell
Elementary School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Berk was one
of 95 elementary and middle school teachers honored at a
ceremony in Washington, DC. The award is the nation’s
highest honor for teachers of mathematics.
Lisa Busch, J88, was chosen as one of three 2005 Volvo for
Life Awards heroes. The honors recognize ordinary people
who go above and beyond the call of duty to help others in
the areas of safety, quality of life, and environment. Busch
was selected for the environment category for her creation
of Sitka Trail Works, an environmental organization that
helped provide retraining money for people in her home town
of Sitka, Alaska, who found themselves out of work after
the town’s pulp mill closed down.
Dr. Thomas Fekete, M78, received the 2005 Temple University
Great Teacher Award. A professor in the department of medicine’s
section of infectious diseases at Temple, he was honored
for his two decades of bringing medicine to life for medical
students, residents, and fellows.
Jim MacMillan, A88, was a member of an Associate Press team
of photographers who won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking
news photography. They received the award for a series of
graphic and heartbreaking pictures of bloody combat in Iraq.
MacMillan, a Philadelphia Daily News photographer, just wrapped
up a year in Iraq, where he was embedded with U.S. forces
and involved in editing the work of Iraqi photographers from
Joseph Neubauer, A65, was given the Corporate Citizenship
Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
for his contributions to the growth and expansion of the
Philadelphia community. Neubauer is CEO and chairman of ARAMARK,
headquartered in Philadelphia. As a member of nonprofit and
corporate boards, including Verizon Communications, Cigna
Corporation, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Tufts University,
Neubauer has contributed to the growth and expansion of his
hometown and the region.
Bonnie Steinbock, J68, received the Award for Excellence
in Research at the University of Albany, State University
of New York, where she is professor of philosophy. An internationally
recognized expert on biomedical ethics, she is the author
of some 60 articles on the topic as well as a book, Life
Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos. The
award is given for outstanding research and scholarship by
members of the university faculty over a sustained number
Bruce Stronach, F76, F80, F80, assumed the presidency of
Yokohama City University (YCU), the first foreigner to become
president at a Japanese public university. Stronach, who
has a background in higher education in both the United States
and Japan, was previously the acting president of Becker
College in Massachusetts.