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Alumnae Reunion 2012 Awards

Each year, Barnard recognizes extraordinary alumnae at Reunion.  Honorees are selected by the Alumnae Association Awards Committee based on nominations from alumnae.

The winners of the Reunion 2012 Awards:

Entrepreneur Liz Neumark '77 will receive the Woman of Achievement Award. As Founder and CEO of Great Performances, she conceived of the company as a waitress service for women in the arts and has grown it into one of the largest off-premise catering and event companies in the city, serving a wide range of corporate, social, and non-profit clients, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Apollo Theater, Sotheby's, and The Plaza Hotel. Katchkie Farm, the company's 60-acre organic farm, is an ingredient source and culinary inspiration for Great Performances as well as home to The Sylvia Center, an educational non-profit dedicated to inspiring children to eat well. Liz has been honored among Crain's 100 Most Influential Women and blogs for The Huffington Post.

The Young Alumna Award will be presented to Courtney Martin ’02, author of several books, including Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women, as well as editor of an anthology titled Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists.

Distinguished Alumna Award winners include:  Sheila Levrant de Bretteville ’62, a distinguished graphic designer, artist and educator and Director of Yale University Graduate Program in Graphic Design; Jamienne S. Studley ’72, president of Public Advocates, Inc. and former president of Skidmore College as well as former Deputy and Acting General Counsel at U.S. Department of Education during Clinton Administration; and author Rebecca Goldstein ’72, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.  Her books include The Mind-Body Problem, The Late-Summer Passion of a Woman of Mind, The Dark Sister, Strange Attractors: Stories, MazelProperties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal and Quantum Physics, Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, and Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction.

Awards for Service to Barnard will be presented to:  Rhoda Berley ’57, Harriet Inselbuch ’62 and Rosalind Gordon ’62. 

The winner of the Millicent Carey McIntosh Award for Feminism is Ronnie Eldridge ’52, host of CUNY-TV's "Eldridge & Co.," founder of the New York City Battered Women’s Defense Committee, and former New York City Council Member (1989-2001). 

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