Alumni Association to honor five individuals

For immediate release: March 29, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — The long-time director of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Quest program and four alumni will receive awards from BU’s Alumni Association on Saturday, April 10, during Alumni Weekend.

The honorees are Roy Smith, director emeritus of BU’s Quest and Corporate Institute, honorary alumnus award; Grace Coleman ’86/’87M and Kathryn Guyer Tuoni ’82, distinguished service awards; and Vincent Urick ’01 and Bonnie Adams ’96, young alumni of the year awards.

  • Smith, of Bloomsburg, retired last year as director of BU’s Quest Program and Corporate Institute, programs that have provided hands-on leadership experiences to hundreds of BU students.
  • Coleman, of Aliquippa, executive director of Crisis Center North: Domestic Violence Counseling and Education Resource Center, received two federal and state Congressional citations and secured more than $3.8 million in grants since 1995 to support domestic violence education and protection services.
  • Tuoni, of Garnet Valley, president of International Direct Response: Direct Response Marketing and Promotional Agency, is the chair and co-founder of Power of Pink Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes awareness, education and research on women’s health care issues.
  • Urick, of Alexandria, Va., unit head, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, is the author of 52 technical publications, including 19 journal articles and three patent applications. He received the 2007 Department of the Navy Top Scientists of the Year Award and a 2007 Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Award.
  • Adams, of South Easton, Mass., senior staff systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp., was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for Professionals in 2009 and has received 13 recognition awards for professional achievements. She holds one U.S. patent and has submitted a related patent application.

The honorary alumnus award recognizes individuals who have played a significant role at BU. The distinguished service award and young alumni award, for someone who graduated within the last 15 years, honor those who have excelled in at least one of the following areas: professional accomplishments, service to Bloomsburg University or the Alumni Association or contributions to humanity.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.