• First Time Login
  • Login
  • Support
  • Alumni Awards

    The 2014 Alumni Awards were presented to four distinguished alumni of the College in September. They are:

    DougherOutstanding Professional Achievement - Brendan Dougher '84
    This award is presented to an alumnus/na who has distinguished himself or herself through exceptional professional achievement.

    Brendan is the managing partner of the New York regional office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He currently serves as the senior relationship officer on a number of the firm's New York metro clients including New York Life, Welsh Carson, International Flavors & Fragrances, Dun & Bradstreet and Con Edison, Inc. He serves as a board member of the Foreign Policy Association, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, United Way of New York City and King's College. He is married to Marianne Brigham-Dougher '84 and lives in Basking Ridge, N.J.

    BalzRobert J Ell Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater - Joe Balz '50

    This award is conferred upon an alumnus/na for extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to King’s College.

    Besides being a member of King's first graduating class, Joe is one of the first employees hired at King's College, beginning his employment in the summer of 1946. He has continued to serve the College ever since in various capacities including over 30 years as its Chief Business Officer. Joe still works out of his office in the school's Administration Building and enjoys his role as Assistant to the President for Special Projects. All five of his sons (Frank '72, John '73, Thomas '76, James '79, and Gerard '82) as well as his daughter-in-law, Anne Kuchta '82, and brother-in-law, William Baltrusaitis '58, are all King's graduates.

    NemshickKing’s College Alumni Award for Service to Society - Frank Nemshick ’56

    Presented to an alumnus/na who has distinguished themselves through selfless and caring personal commitment to benefit others. 

    Frank has been deaf since he contracted spinal meningitis at the age of eight. Despite this, he attended regular hearing classes throughout most of his academic years, including King's College, where he graduated in 1956. He worked for 38 years as a statistician in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg. Throughout his life he has been an advocate of the hearing impaired, serving on the board of the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf and writing the 1986 law which established the Pennsylvania Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He is currently president of the Greater Harrisburg Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf.

    DerobaThe Leo Award - Jonathan Deroba ’02

    Awarded to an alumnus/na within 15 years of graduation who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her profession or in community activities. Named after the King's College mascot, it suggests the energy, pride and sense of purpose which the recipient personifies. 

    Jonathan is a member of the class of 2002, earning a B.A. in environmental studies with a minor in sociology. In 2004 he received his master's degree in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He holds a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife as well as a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Michigan State University, both completed in 2009. He currently works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the lead biologist for the research and assessment of Atlantic herring and mackerel in the northeast United States. He has served on several national and international panels tasked with the review of the research and management of large scale fish stocks. He has written 14 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and regularly presents research findings at international scientific fora.

    © King's College • 133 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 • 1-888-KINGS-PA