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Kent State Honors Alumni, Students

Six Kent State University alumni and one current student have been named recipients of the 2020 Alumni Award.

Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to their chosen profession, to their communities and to Kent State. Sponsored by the alumni association, the awards are the university’s most prestigious honors given to alumni.

“We were once again delighted with the impressive number of outstanding nominations we received for this year’s awards,” said Meg May, chair of the Kent State National Alumni Board. “These nominations remind us of the diversity and success of our graduates and highlight the impact they have on their professions, their communities and around the world.”

The following six alumni and one student are recognized in each of the six categories:

Municipal Court Judge and Akron resident Annalisa Stubbs Williams received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Williams, who was part of Kent State’s Upward Bound program, graduated from Kent State in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. The award honors a graduate who has made outstanding contributions in their chosen profession, demonstrating extraordinary service to the state of Kent as well as to its community, state and nation.

Nicholas E. Phillips, a retired US Air Force/JAG lawyer and colonel and resident of North Royalton, received the Distinguished Citizen Award. Phillips graduated from Kent State in 1970, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. The Distinguished Citizen Award honors a graduate who has rendered extraordinary service to the public through a nonprofit organization or outstanding community service. This award recognizes individuals who have generously and selflessly given their time and talents to enrich others and improve their community.

Timothy F. Feltes, MD, former professor of pediatrics and senior vice president of Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and resident of Columbus, received the Professional Achievement Award. Feltes graduated from Kent State in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Pre-Medicine.

Terese Volk Tuohey, Ph.D., associate professor emeritus of music education at Wayne State University and Detroit resident, also received the Professional Achievement Award. She graduated from Kent State in 1993 with a doctorate in music education. The award recognizes the superior achievements of alumni in their chosen profession. This award presents a record of distinguished professional achievement, complemented by a history of outstanding contributions.

Stephanie Sweany, deputy director of the Stark County Hunger Task Force and Canton resident, received the Kent State Advocacy Award. Sweany graduated from Kent State in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. The award honors Kent State graduates who have devoted significant time and talent to Kent State or the alumni association on a consistent basis, bringing favorable attention to the university.

Justin Rudy Gleason, COO of DS Architecture and Lakewood resident, received the Outstanding New Professional Award. Gleason earned three degrees from Kent State: a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2016, a Master of Architecture in 2018, and a Master of Business Administration in 2018. The award honors a recent Kent State graduate Kent who demonstrates exceptional success in his chosen profession and in their community. This award highlights future leaders among Kent State alumni who demonstrate lifelong dedication to their community, profession and the university.

Kayla Marker, a current Kent State student with a double major in psychology and criminology with a concentration in criminology and deviance, and a minor in forensic anthropology, received the Golden Flash Award. Marker, whose hometown is Palmyra, New York, is set to graduate in the spring of 2021. The Golden Flash Award honors a Kent State student who promotes spirit, pride and Kent State tradition.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no in-person ceremony this year. However, all winners will be honored with special academic communications and will receive their awards by mail.