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Lycoming College Alumni Association presents annual awards

Lycoming College Alumni Association presents annual awards

Alumni Association Executive Board President Joanne Hullings stands with three of the award winners (from left): James Tkach '78, David Oot '66, Dr. Patrick Carey. Not pictured: Adam Makos '03.

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The Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Board recognized four individuals for success in their respective fields, dedication to the college and impact on social issues at an annual awards ceremony held as part of the Homecoming festivities on campus Oct. 24.

Adam P. Makos ’03, of Broomfield, Colo., received the Taunia Oechslin Young Alumnus award. The award recognizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions to his profession, who demonstrates leadership and accomplishment, and who exemplifies outstanding service to the college or the community in the first 15 years following graduation. Makos is a founder of Valor Studios, a family business that honors veterans by telling their stories both in print and on canvas. He is a “New York Times” best-selling author whose third book, “Devotion,” was released this week. Valor Studios has donated more than $50,000 to veteran organizations and the United Way.

David A. Oot ’66, of Arlington, Va., earned the Dr. James E. Douthat Outstanding Achievement Award. The award recognizes an alumnus who has achieved significant accomplishments in his profession. As the director for two international health organizations, U.S. AID and Save the Children, Oot spearheaded a number of initiatives to increase life expectancies and improve quality of life for women and children worldwide.

Dr. Patrick J. Carey, of Williamsport, Pa., received the Dale V. Bower Service award that recognizes individuals for outstanding service rendered to Lycoming College. For 25 years, Dr. Carey has supported Lycoming athletics as the attending physician at home football games and other athletic competitions. His extraordinary commitment to Lycoming student athletes on and off of the field make him a vital part of the athletics program.

James G. Tkach ’78, of Milford, Del., earned the Angela R. Kyte Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated a lifetime of service to humanity and whose life exemplifies those qualities encouraged and fostered at Lycoming College. Tkach, a retired high school teacher and coach, has influenced the lives of countless students and communities through the Bo Tkach Foundation, a memorial he and his wife, Sandi, created for their son who lost his struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder. The foundation creates awareness about mental health issues while providing funding for youth athletic programs, scholarships and otherwise inaccessible individual mental health screening and treatment.

“The noble commitment to serve others, coupled with the strong work ethic that drives each to accomplish so much, is what distinguishes these alumni,” said Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte. “It’s clear that they share the Lycoming College ethos of treasuring every opportunity to make a difference. They exemplify the great strength of our student and alumni body.”

More information about the awards can be found on the alumni website.

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