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Widener-PMC Alumni Association Announces Awards

The Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association has announced the winners of its 2011 awards. Recipients were recognized at the university during Alumni Weekend on April 16.

David M. Hall of Doylestown, Pa., a 2006 graduate of Human Sexuality Education doctoral program, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award, presented annually to an alumnus or alumna who has brought honor, recognition and distinction to the university through service to the community, their profession or by honors received.

A teacher by training and profession, Hall is a nationally recognized educator, distinguished corporate trainer, author and professor. A social studies teacher at North Penn High School in Lansdale since 1998, Hall has served as adviser for the Gay Straight Alliance at the high school since 2002, and chair of the Harassment and Bullying Intervention Task Force since 2006.

In 2010, Hall was named the runner-up for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Educator of the Year award. He also won the 2004 Teacher of the Year award from the Lansdale, Pa. Junior Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was named an Emerging Young Professional by the Society for the Scientific Student of Sexuality in 2007, and an Outstanding Young Pennsylvanian by the Pennsylvania Junior Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding contributions in teaching and community service in 2005.

Hall is the author of Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment, and has created smart phone applications such as BullyShield and Allies at Work.

John F. Mahoney of Wilmington, Del., an associate professor of hospitality management at Widener, received the R. Kelso Carter Award, presented annually to a non-Widener graduate who has brought honor to the university through their acts or accomplishments.

A member of the faculty since 1983, Mahoney has served as director of graduate program in hospitality management since 2002. He currently teaches in the areas of restaurant operations management, hospitality cost accounting, strategic management and feasibility studies.

In nominating Mahoney, Associate Professor Joy Dickerson, a 1990 Widener graduate, said, “John ‘Doc’ Mahoney is truly one of our most valued educators at Widener University. He has generously touched the lives of so many in the history of our School of Hospitality Management.”

Mahoney has twice been a finalist for the Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, and received the Lindback Distinguished Faculty Member Award for Excellence in Teaching from Widener in 1986.

In addition to his teaching duties, Mahoney has served as a commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, chairing the commission in 2006-07. As a commissioner, he wrote and revised the policies and procedures used nationally by hospitality programs in the accreditation process.

Michael Brady of Springfield, Pa., who served as president of the Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association from 2006 to 2009, received the Alumni Service Award, presented for volunteer service to the university.

Brady earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Widener in 1997, and continued at the university to receive a master’s in business administration degree and certificate in financial planning in 2000. As president of the Widener-PMC Alumni Association, the association embarked on a strategic planning process that has resulted in the structure of the association today. As president of the association, Brady also served as a valuable member of the university’s Board of Trustees. Brady also serves as an adjunct instructor at Widener, teaching introduction to financial planning.

A successful entrepreneur, Brady started with LPL Financial Services in 2001, and today operates his own financial planning practice located in Broomall. In addition, he and his wife, Kimberly, opened ABSolute Fitness Center in Broomall in 2008.

Brady is also very active in the community, serving as president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commence and its nearly 2,000 businesses and not-for-profit members since 2009. He is also a board member of the Chester Business Association. 

Nicole (Perkins) Siemer, a 2006 graduate of Widener and a native of Schuylkill Haven, Pa.,  received the John L. Geoghegan Alumni Citizenship Award, which is given annually in memory of Geoghegan, a member of the class of 1963, to an alumnus or alumna who has brought honor to the university through leadership and community service.

A member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps while at Widener, Siemer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 2008, Siemer completed the Mobilized Civil Affairs Course at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and was deployed to Iraq. While there, she worked in the country’s southern providences as battalion assistant operation officer and adviser for the division’s Tourism Development Program.

Siemer was then promoted to run the multi-national Division-South Women’s Initiatives Program, managing small business development program for Iraqi widows. In addition, she became the Women’s Initiatives Coordinator for the U.S. State Department at the Basra Provincial Reconstructive Team. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal for her tour of duty.

Siemer is nearing completion of her master’s degree in international relations with a concentration in conflict resolution through the American Military University and is currently deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Jonathon Krisko of Schnecksville, Pa., a senior political science and criminal justice double major, received the John L. Geoghegan Student Citizenship Award which is given annually in memory Geoghegan, a member of the class of 1963, to a student who has brought honor to the university through academic achievement, leadership and community service.

A member of the Widener Army ROTC, Krisko participated in the color guard, Battery Robinette and Ranger Challenge. Following his sophomore year, he underwent Air Assault training, earning his wings in May 2009.

As a senior, Krisko was promoted to cadet battalion commander and put in charge of ROTC operations at Widener University, Villanova University, Penn State-Abington, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Neumann College, Penn State-Brandywine, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and Immaculata University.

He is currently the cadet battalion executive officer and serving as adviser to a Freedom Challenge team. In addition to his ROTC activities, he is a member of the Honors Program in General Education, the Political Science Honors Fraternity Pi Sigma Alpha, EuroSim, and is a special interest housing leader. He is also a President’s List honoree.

A 2007 graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa., he is the son of Lee and Dana Krisko of Schnecksville, Pa.

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