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Muskingum College Grants Distinguished Service Awards

DSA awardeesA highlight of the 2009 Alumni Weekend, held June 20-22 on the campus, was the presentation on June 20 of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to four alumni in recognition of their personal and professional achievements. The award is the college’s highest alumni honor.

Sponsored by the Muskingum College Alumni Council, the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional endeavors and exemplary services to society. Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible to receive this award.


Elizabeth Topping Mainiero ‘57

Elizabeth Topping Mainiero has played a pioneering role in shaping the library for the information age, fundamentally enhancing the way these vital resources serve citizens of all ages.

Throughout her 40-year career in library leadership, her groundbreaking initiatives spanned the full range of library services and administration. She dedicated her efforts to improving libraries’ ability to serve their constituencies, manage their organizations, construct new facilities, and engage in long-range planning.

Ms. Mainiero launched an integrated library system in 1978 – the second of its kind in the nation and the first east of the Mississippi River. She convinced libraries across New England to invest in shared emerging computer technology – linking their circulation and collection data, transforming local resources into regional ones, and widening public access to library materials. Her efforts led to many “firsts” in federal library grant funding and paved the way for today’s internet-based consortia.

She was one of the first to recognize the library’s emerging role in providing opportunities for conversation and social interaction, complementing the long-standing library tradition of quiet study and exploration. When she engaged nationally-known architect Cesar Pelli in 1994 for the Greenwich Library’s addition and renovation, she included informal gathering and work spaces for library patrons in the facility’s program – the precursor to today’s “internet cafes.”

An English major at Muskingum, Ms. Mainiero earned her Master of Library Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She currently consults with libraries throughout New England on building programs and long-range plans. She shares her talents with educational organizations, serving on the Board of Governors of St. Timothy’s School (Stevenson, MD) and as a trustee of St. Gabriel’s School (Milford, CT), and the Whitby School (Greenwich, CT).

She and her husband Vincent Mainiero reside in Milford, Connecticut, where they enjoy spending time with their four children – Morrow, Lisa, Bonnie and Kimmo – and their 10 grandchildren. They are frequent travelers to historic and nature sites such as Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, Africa, Malta, Turkey, Greece, and Egypt. A formerly licensed private pilot, her interests also include photography, scuba, skiing, boating, and hiking.
Ms. Mainiero’s daughter Bonnie Long Gorman ’88, her mother Clara Bentley Topping ’27, and her aunt Kathryn Bentley Schaefer ‘27 are fellow members of the Long Magenta Line.

Robert Jennings Reveley ‘65

Robert Jennings Reveley has combined his passion for excellence with a lifelong commitment to service, creating a distinguished and wide-ranging legacy in entrepreneurship, the arts, education, and civic leadership.

Following his graduation from Muskingum with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Mr. Reveley joined the Peace Corps. Posted to Kingston, Jamaica, he became a member of the first Peace Corps class ever to serve in impoverished urban environments. Returning to the United States, he earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University. He began his business career with RCA International and later joined Deloitte & Touché as a management consultant.

In 1977, Mr. Reveley founded an independent New York City real estate firm to develop brownstone condominiums. In 1986, he developed the $250 million John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the City of New York (CUNY). Through this project, he pioneered innovative methods of capital structuring within the commercial real estate industry. His breakthrough strategies enabled non-profit organizations across the country to create new facilities that would not otherwise have been possible, advancing their missions of serving others and adding significant value to local, regional, and national economies.

As a patron of the arts, Mr. Reveley’s keen insight led him to select then-unknown architect Rafael Vinoly to design the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The project launched Vinoly’s United States career, leading to international recognition and high-profile commissions for cultural, academic, and civic facilities, including the world’s largest green building, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Reveley and his wife Julie Heberlein Reveley produced an off-Broadway play, Lily Dale, by Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote. It opened to critical acclaim and was named one of 1986’s top ten shows by New York Times Theatre Critic Clive Barnes.

Currently, Mr. Reveley’s real estate companies operate in seven states. He resides in Palm Beach, Florida, where he serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Cancer Society of Palm Beach and as a Trustee of Cardinal Newman High School. He enjoys his many community service activities, international travel, rugby and skiing.
He and his wife Julie are the parents of Jude, Alexandra, and Jaclyn Reveley. Mr. Reveley’s brother, Randolph F. Reveley ’72, also attended Muskingum.

Rev. Dr. W. Terry Schoener ‘60

Rev. Dr. W. Terry Schoener has had a profound impact upon others. With a passionate dedication to civil rights and social justice, he has extended his singular ministry far beyond the physical boundaries of the congregations he guided during his 44-year pastoral career.

Dr. Schoener’s initial call was to the First Presbyterian Church in Seville, Ohio, from 1963-1966. He led the church to open its doors as a way-station for the “poor people’s marchers” who walked for civil rights from inner city Cleveland to Columbus. He traveled to Mississippi in 1964 as a worker in the watershed voter registration drive, facing antagonism from the Ku Klux Klan and local law enforcement agencies alike.

In 1966, Dr. Schoener was called to the Glenville United Presbyterian Church in inner city Cleveland. When rioting began, he served as a mediator and hosted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his famous Glenville speeches from Dr. Schoener’s pulpit. Working alongside Dr. King, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, and other national civil rights leaders, Dr. Schoener fought for minority economic empowerment. Their efforts yielded the first two McDonald’s franchises ever awarded to African Americans, successful unionization of low-paid workers, and improved job opportunities in the community.

The First Presbyterian Church in Warren, Ohio called Dr. Schoener to serve in 1971. He led the city’s integration efforts, co-chairing the Committee to Desegregate Warren Public Schools and a task force to improve the city’s judicial and law enforcement systems.

For more than 27 years, Dr. Schoener led Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, near Annapolis, Maryland. It became a hub for Anne Arundel County citizens of all faiths – building housing facilities for the low-income elderly, and purchasing and renovating a failing YMCA, providing a much-needed, ongoing community resource. He established a sister relationship with a church in Kingston, Jamaica, creating educational and health care programs for local citizens.

Dr. Schoener earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Brenda Hall Schoener ’61, reside in Severna Park, MD. Their three children are all members of the Long Magenta Line – Halle S. Randles ‘86, Matthew H. Schoener ‘88, and Bradley C. Schoener ’89.

Walter R. Young, Jr. ‘66

Walter R. Young’s distinguished business leadership, corporate citizenship, and service to private higher education has changed the lives of countless workers, homeowners, and students. He has led 23 organizational turnarounds in domestic and international manufacturing industries, and was named one of the world’s 1000 most influential business leaders of the past 100 years in the Harvard University Press Publication In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century.

In 1990, when Dr. Young became the CEO of Champion Enterprises, the company was on the brink of bankruptcy. In less than 12 years he used his extraordinary skills to position it as the world’s largest homebuilder, a member of the Fortune 500, and a respected leader in corporate citizenship.

Using innovative design and production processes and state-of-the-art materials, Dr. Young partnered Champion with the U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development to improve quality, maintain affordability, and enhance energy efficiency of manufactured housing. He volunteers his time to serve on the Policy Advisory Board for Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing studies and with the public-private Partnership for Advanced Technology in Housing (PATH). Mr. Young’s peers in the Manufactured Housing Institute voted him as the “Industry Person of the Year” for three consecutive years.

A nationally-known expert in corporate governance and in the evaluations of corporate executives and board members, Dr. Young has been recognized for his leadership in education and reinforcement of ethical business practices. He shares his talents as a member of the CEO Council of the National Organization on Disability.

Dr. Young and his family created the Young Foundation to support religious, educational, and community endeavors. He is a Trustee of Muskingum College and has served on the College’s Executive Committee and Alumni Council. In 2008, he was elected a member of the Ohio Foundation for Independent College’s Hall of Excellence.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economic and History and his Doctorate of Public Service from Muskingum, and his Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Walter Young and his wife Donna Higinbotham Young ‘66 reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. They enjoy spending time with their two children, Mark and Michelle, and their two grandchildren. Walter’s parents, Mary Borton Young ’29 and Walter R. Young ’30, both graduated from Muskingum, as did Mary’s three siblings, Homer, Loyal, and Mabel. Since then, 20 members of the Borton and Young families have joined the Long Magenta Line. Of those, there are six “Muskie” couples, three honorary degrees, two trustees, and one chairman of the board of trustees.

IN THE PHOTO: From left to right: Rev. Dr. W. Terry Schoener ’60; Muskingum College President Anne C. Steele, Elizabeth Topping Mainiero ’57; Muskingum College Trustee and Alumni Council President Gordon Litt, Robert Jennings Reveley ’65 and Muskingum College Trustee Walter R. Young ’66.