Seven alumni honored for outstanding achievement
UD President David P. Roselle and Robert Davis, vice president for development and alumni relations, presented the awards to the UD graduates of the last 20 years who exhibit great promise in their professional and public service activities.
Recipients are Robert J. Andrzejewski 75, 78M, 88PhD, superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District; Stephen M. Boyd 88, freelance producer for large-scale ceremonies and events; Mark S. Parcells 84, 94PhD, UD associate professor of animal and food sciences; Ann Marie Sastry 89, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan; Leonard P. Stark 91HBA, 91BS, 91MA, assistant U.S. attorney, Wilmington; Darrin S. Weigle 88, executive director, global supply chain, Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group at Johnson & Johnson; and Carolann D. Wicks 82, 90M, chief engineer/director, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).
My doctoral training from the University was extremely valuable and served as a foundation upon which my administrative career in public education was built, Andrzejewski said. The Universitys emphasis on being a change agent can still be seen within my management style and supported by accomplishments throughout my career.
Stephen M. Boyd travels the globe, developing and producing large-scale ceremonies and events. His work has been enjoyed at four Olympic Games, two Super Bowls, the Academy Awards, the Grammys and the 1999 Womens World Cup. Boyd was a creative consultant at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, a choreography troubleshooter at the Sydney 2000 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, a talent manager at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, an audience stunt coordinator at the 1998 Super Bowl and a prop master at the 1998 Central Park production of Disneys Animal Kingdom. Boyd also has made extensive contributions to the world of publication design.
Mark S. Parcells specializes in avian molecular virology and has been instrumental in unraveling the molecular biology of Mareks Disease Virus (MDV), one of the most serious poultry pathogens. MDV is of great economic concern to the poultry industry, and all commercial chickens worldwide are vaccinated against this disorder.
Before joining the UD faculty, Parcells was at the University of Arkansas, as an assistant professor of molecular virology from 1996-2001 and as an associate professor from 2001 until August of this year. A strong believer in collaboration, Parcells is known for making his laboratory open to visitors so that they can share the technology he has developed.
Ann Marie Sastry hopes to go where no one has gone before: She is attempting to capture, in real time, the first-ever views of the chemical activity inside living cells. An associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Sastry is part of a research team that is using synthetic nanoprobes small enough to fit inside a cell without interrupting its normal functions to measure the activity of crucial metal ions like zinc and copper. These ions are critical for cell function, but up to now their activity hasnt been measured in real time.
Leonard P. Stark maintains a close relationship with the University of Delaware. He is an adjunct professor at the University, serves as secretary of the Delaware Rhodes Scholarship selection committee and is a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors scholarship committee. Stark, who became UDs eighth Rhodes Scholar, was the distinguished alumnus chosen to speak at Winter Commencement in January 2000. In his address, he noted, The opportunities available to a freshly minted University of Delaware graduate are practically unlimited. He is the author of the book, Choosing a Leader: Party Leadership Contests in Britain from Macmillan to Blair, as well as several articles in law and academic journals.
Carolann D. Wicks is a trailblazer in the field of transportation planning. In 2002, she became the first female chief engineer/director for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). Managing a budget of almost one-quarter of a billion dollars, Wicks oversees a state transportation department that is atypical in that it has responsibility for almost all of the roads in the state. During her 19 years with DelDOT, Wicks has been in charge of some of the states most complex and challenging transportation projects.
Article by Martin Mbugua
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