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Distinguished Achievement Awards

Distinguished Achievement Awards were presented during Alumni Weekend 2011 to eight alumni who have distinguished themselves as Transylvanians through their professional lives, standards of excellence, and community service. 

 Linda Fields Linda Fields '56 was recognized for her achievements in volunteer work with refugees. While teaching in the New York City public school system, she and her husband helped resettle and assimilate into America more than 50 refugees and immigrants. While living later in Nashville, she coordinated and participated in medical, educational, and faith-sharing missions to St. Vincent, West Indies; Grenada; Mexico; and Brazil, bringing medical care to thousands of patients, including eight who were brought to the U.S. for critical surgeries. 
 John Mayoue John Mayoue '76 was honored for his accomplishments in law. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1993, he was named one of Georgia's 2011 Top 10 Super Lawyers by Atlanta magazine. He is the author of five books on family law, a subject that has brought him profiles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and on CNN, Fox, and NPR. A member of Warner, Mayoue, Bates & McGough in Atlanta, his clients include Jane Fonda, Chris Rock, and Marianne Gingrich. 
 Daniel Mongiardo Daniel Mongiardo '82 was recognized for his career in healthcare and politics. He is an ear, nose, and throat surgeon at Appalachian Regional Medical Center in Hazard, Ky., and has also served as the hospital's chief of surgery and chief of staff. He founded the Rotary Free Clinic in Hazard, which provides free health care to the working poor. Since 2007 he has served as lieutenant governor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 2008 he launched the Kentucky chapter of the National Lieutenant Governor's Association heart health initiative "Your Heart is in Your Hands." 
 Robert Mucci  Robert Mucci '81 was honored for his successful career in the financial world. He is senior vice president, treasurer, and chief investment officer for National Guardian Life Insurance Company in Madison, Wisc. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he is responsible for strategic asset allocation of the company's $2.5 billion portfolio. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 2010 by the Madison South Rotary Club, serves on the board of directors for Elder Care of Wisconsin, and is a former board member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Madison. 
  Marvin Rabin '38 was recognized for his prominent role in music education. He is professor emeritus of music and director of the Wisconsin String and Orchestral Development Program for the Department of Continuing Education in the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The founding conductor of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, he is known internationally as a string development specialist and youth orchestra leader. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education from the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music in 2011. 
 Angela Ray Angela Ray '86 was honored for her academic career as teacher and author. She is associate professor, Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Her 2005 book, The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States, received five national awards. She received the 2007 Galbut Outstanding Faculty Award from the School of Communication. The National Communication Association honored her with its James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for distinguished scholarship in rhetoric and public address. 
 Jeff Rogers Jeff Rogers '81 was recognized for his career in photography and the ministry. The owner of Jeff Rogers Photography in Lexington, he showcased his focus on people, horses, and landscapes in his two critically acclaimed coffee table books, Kentucky Wide (2006) and Kentucky Wide II (2009). He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the founder of Rat Dog Publishing. An ordained Christian minister, he is on the staff at Crossroads Christian Church and the founder of The Prayer Institute.
 Don Speer Don Speer '76 was honored for his career in public service. He is executive director of the Office of Procurement Services for the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet. He was previously commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Administration, director of purchasing for the Kentucky Finance Cabinet, budget analyst for the Governor's Office for Policy and Management, and research analyst for the Office of General Counsel with the Kentucky Department of Transportation. He is a former president of the National Association of State Commissioners of Administration. 
   

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