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Congratulations to our 2017 Award Winners!

Reunion Awards

Each year at Reunion, in addition to honoring alumni with awards for their service and leadership, special recognition is given to a non-alumna by way of the President's Award. The President's Award was established in 1997 by Dr. Carol Leary and the honor is bestowed upon a non-alumna who has done much to serve the University and the community, and recognizes an individual who has been an inspiration to the President. Past awardees include Charles Page, Eileen Stern, Philip Ryan, and Robyn & John Davis.

The 2017 recipient of the President's Award is Yvette Frisby.

Yvette FrisbyYvette inspired 300 attendees at the Inaugural President's Gala to "Rise Up" with her ballroom dance performance, which was dedicated to Bay Path's adult women. Click here for more on her dancing journey. Her service and inspiring work goes well beyond the dance floor, however. Yvette is a member of Bay Path's Advisory Council, and a BOLD Women's Scholarship donor. She is a beloved faculty member in the One Day Program and The American Women's College, and was the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Adjuncts. By day, she serves the community as Senior Vice President at the Urban League of Springfield.

The Advancement Office is also pleased to announce our 2017 Alumni Award recipients:

Charlene H. Davis Mazur '67BOLD Woman Award
Charlene H. Davis Mazer '67, Trustee Emerita​

Charlene is a member of the 50th Reunion class and was Bay Path's first female and first alumna Chair of the Board of Trustees. A world traveler and retired executive, she has been a steadfast supporter of Bay Path students, giving of her time, talent, and treasure for decades. And since the BOLD Women's Scholarship was founded five years ago, she has been one of its boldest advocates.​

Nancy Burke '14James McGill '35 Carpe Diem Award
Nancy Burke '14
Nancy was a One-Day student who completed her degree in Burlington. A special education paraprofessional at Haverhill High School, she has been named Massachusetts Teacher's Association 2017 Education Support Professional of the Year. She created a "farm to table" experience for children with special needs that is serving as a model for school districts across MA.  Nancy was a peer mentor as a student and credits her Bay Path experience for teaching her how to "seize the day."

Gillian Palmer G'11Recent Alumni Award
Gillian Palmer G'11
Gillian is a member of Bay Path's Alumni Association Council and is Business Development Coordinator at Eastern States Exposition. Her community service and leadership extends across our region: Board Vice President for the Professional Women's Chamber, Special Events Chair for Rotary Club of Springfield, and a 2016 graduate of the Springfield Leadership Institute. She volunteers with the American Heart Association and is a member of the BusinessWest "40 Under Forty" Class of 2017.