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Founders Day Awards Honor Maestro Stuart Malina and LVC Ice Hockey Team
02.21.12 |

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Lebanon Valley College’s Founders Day Convocation celebrates the College’s founding 146 years ago, when the United Brethren Church established LVC under the leadership of founders George Washington Miles Rigor and Thomas Reese Vickroy. Current president Stephen C. MacDonald presented two awards at the Feb. 21 convocation in the spirit of the founders, to an individual and student group that contributes to the enhancement of life in central Pennsylvania.

View photos from the day's event on the College's Facebook page.

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor, Maestro Stuart Malina, was named the recipient of this year’s Founders Day Award.

“Lebanon Valley College has been commemorating the work of distinguished members of our community through the conveyance of its Founders Day Award for 33 years,” MacDonald said. “Over that third of a century, the College has recognized the work of businessmen and women, philanthropists, politicians, civic leaders, soldiers, physicians and healers, teachers and entrepreneurs. It is a curious omission for a school with such a rich history of preparing young men and women for careers as musicians and teachers of music, that we had not given the Founders Day Award to a musician. Until now.”

Now entering his 12th season as music director and conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Stuart Malina has built a reputation for orchestra building and multi-faceted versatility. In a wide variety of concerts, from masterworks and grand opera to pops, Malina’s ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped to break down the barriers between performer and listener wherever he has worked.

MacDonald said that Malina brings “vivacity and candor,” and an “easy rapport with audiences that breaks down barriers between performers and listeners” to each of his concerts. “It is with great pleasure that I convey today the 2012 Lebanon Valley College Founders Day Award on a gifted musician, a tireless performer, and a great guy, my friend, Stuart Malina.”

In response to the award, Malina delivered an inspiring message to current students which received a standing ovation. He also performed a musical response, playing Claude Debussy's prelude "The Sunken Cathedral" on a Steinway piano.

In addition to the Founders Day Award, MacDonald named the winner of this year’s President’s Award for Community Service, the LVC Ice Hockey team.

“Lebanon Valley College student athletes have been involved in many hours of community service over the past year,” he said. The ice hockey team has “distinguished itself among this active community service by their involvement in the Wounded Warrior Project, a community service organization which assists thousands of wounded veterans returning home from the current conflicts along with their families.”

The team has raised more than $35,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, and for that Sergeant Major David Dowling of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard is especially thankful.

“My experience with working with these men continues to prove that there are still young people that understand the importance of community service and contributing ones time and effort for the benefit of larger cause,” Dowling said. “I have had the opportunity to work with these fine young men for the local Wounded Warriors functions that support our injured service members. They have truly done an outstanding job. Their hard work has raised thousands of dollars to support our nation’s finest and sometimes forgotten.”

The ice hockey players also volunteered at the Lebanon Veterans Hospital, Habitat for Humanity of Lebanon County, and raised money for the Sunshine Fund, which provides scholarships in memory of former LVC track team member Nicole Gallo.

MacDonald continues, “In addition to these outstanding events the hockey team was active in the community to assist faculty and community members following the flooding in Annville this past September. They lugged wet carpets, hauled water-logged furniture, and heaved massive debris from sites where it should not have been.”

A complete list of past Founders Day and President’s award recipients is available at

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