• Georgianne Hewett (Photo by Darcie Siiteri)
    Darcie Siiteri
  • Farhana Mahmood Qazi
  • Suzy Prucka
  • Jay Richards
  • Eric Selbin

Four alumni and a faculty member have received 2012 awards from The Association of Southwestern University Alumni. The awards were presented Nov. 3 during the 2012 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

The Distinguished Southwestern Service Award was given to Georgianne Hewett, a 1990 graduate who serves as the director of shared academics for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) at Southwestern. She formerly served as Southwestern’s director of alumni and parent relations and associate vice president for university relations – alumni and parents.

The Distinguished Humanitarian Award was given to Farhana Mahmood Qazi, a 1996 graduate who currently serves as the senior instructor on the AFPAK (Afganistan and Pakistan) Regional Training Team at Booz Allen & Hamilton. She designs, develops and directs foundation-level courses, as well as senior-level seminars on Islamic civilization and all things Pakistan for U.S. government analysts and officers.  

The Distinguished Professional Award went to Jay Richards, a 1989 graduate who is the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality, and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute.  

The Distinguished Young Alumna Award was given to Susannah (Suzy) Prucka, a 2003 graduate who is an active member of The Association of Southwestern University Alumni. Prucka is an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Maryland Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and an adjunct professor in the Government and Politics Department at the University of Maryland.

Political Science Professor and University Scholar Eric Selbin was named Mr. Homecoming for 2012. The Mr. Homecoming Award is an honor bestowed upon a member of the Southwestern University faculty as a token of the affection and respect of former students.

- LeLoni Brown


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