2021 Lebanon Valley College Alumni Awards Recipients

Pictured above (left to right): Todd C. Snovel ’06 – Alumni Citation; Jasmine Ammons Bucher ’97, M’11, P’14, P’23 – June Herr Outstanding Educator of the Year; James MacLaren; Marsha Curry-Nixon ’04 – Alumni Citation; Dr. JonnaLynn K. Mandelbaum ’69 – Distinguished Alumnus; Dr. Eric Roden ’83 – Alumni Citation

We are proud to celebrate the success of our alumni!

Each fall, we welcome new members of our LVC Athletics Hall of Fame and recognize major Alumni Award winners during Homecoming weekend.

LVC Sports Center

Athletic Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Lebanon Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals who, through participation, support, or interest have made outstanding contributions to Lebanon Valley College athletics. These individuals have helped bring recognition, honor, distinction, and excellence to Lebanon Valley College and its intercollegiate athletics program.

Alumni Awards

Each year, the Alumni Awards Committee recognizes graduates from LVC's 16,000+ alumni network for their service to their profession and community, creative achievements, and dedication to Lebanon Valley College. The committee selects outstanding alumni to receive the following honors:

The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
For significant service to one's profession, the community, and to the College.

Alumni Citation
LVC presents Alumni Citations each year to graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their field.

Creative Achievement Award
Presented for distinguished creative accomplishments in the arts and journalism.

D. Clark Carmean Award in Admission
For notable service to LVC's Admission office, especially with new student referral and recruitment.

The Young Alumni Award
Recognizes an individual who graduated within the last 15 years for achievements in one's profession, significant service to the community, or College.

The June Herr Outstanding Educator of the Year Award
Presented to an outstanding person in the field of education.

For more information, or to join the Alumni Awards Committee, please contact Susan Jones '92, at the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement at 717-867-6321.

2021 Alumni Award Recipients

Marsha Curry-Nixon ’04

Marsha Curry-Nixon ’04, Alumni Citation

Marsha Curry-Nixon ’04 was released from state prison in 1997 and reunited with her family after her six children were released from foster care. She needed to find a way to provide, so she developed a five-year plan to improve not only her own circumstances, but also the lives of others who had found themselves on the wrong side of the law. What emerged was Amiracle4Sure. Incorporated in 2010, the organization helps individuals transitioning back into the community from incarceration and other challenges. She received her associates degree from HACC in 2002, and her bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Lebanon Valley College. In 2010 she earned her master's from Capella University. Curry-Nixon established the AMiracle4Sure Educational Scholarship at LVC. She has been involved with activities in LVC’s Intercultural Affairs department, notably as a speaker at the annual Donning of the Kente and Lavender ceremony.

Jasmine Ammons Bucher ’97, M’11, P’14, P’23

Jasmine Ammons Bucher ’97, M’11, P’14, P’23, June Herr Outstanding Educator of the Year

Jasmine Ammons Bucher ’97, M’11, P’14, P'23, serves as the director of educational technology and an adjunct instructor of Education at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. In addition, Bucher serves as the theatre director at nearby Palmyra Area High School and received an honorable mention for the 2018 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education. Along with Lebanon Valley College alum Shila Williams Ulrich ’05, Bucher cohosts the weekly podcast Coffee Beans & Booze. Now in its fourth season, the duo interview and feature women leaders who make big-time impacts in small towns they love. She also serves on the board of the Hershey Area Playhouse and is an enthusiastic volunteer of The Caring Cupboard. Bucher holds a BA in English and MBA from Lebanon Valley College. She also holds an MA in humanities from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Eric Roden ’83

Dr. Eric Roden ’83, Alumni Citation

Dr. Eric Roden ’83 is a professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his PhD in Marine Estuarine Environment Science from the University of Maryland in 1990. Following postdoctoral research appointments at the U.S. Geological Survey and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he was a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama. In 2005, he became Albert and Alice Weeks Professor of Geomicrobiology in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2020, Dr. Roden received the Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Mid-Career Clay Scientist Award, which recognizes mid-career scientists for excellence in the contribution of new knowledge to clay minerals science through original and scholarly research. At the 2020 CMS meeting, he presented an award talk titled, “Extracellular Biological Redox Transformation on Insoluble Fe-Bearing Minerals in Soil and Sedimentary Environments.”

Dr. JonnaLynn K. Mandelbaum ’69

Dr. JonnaLynn K. Mandelbaum ’69, Distinguished Alumna

Dr. JonnaLynn K. Mandelbaum ‘69, is an author, educator, health professional, philanthropist, international health consultant, and advocate for displaced women and their children. She has dedicated her life to helping others. Dr. Mandelbaum established The Almond Tree Scholarship in 2017. The full-tuition scholarship supports students of high promise but limited financial means from sub-Saharan Africa. The inaugural recipient, Shingirai Guchu ’21 from Zimbabwe, graduated with the Class of 2021. Two other recipients of The Almond Tree Scholarship, are also from Zimbabwe—Darrell Duri ’22 and Fatima Madondo ’22. Dr. Mandelbaum ties to LVC run deep: Her siblings Kathy L. Cupp ’71, P’07, and Davis J. Knauer ’74, along with their spouses, Morris S. Cupp ’70, P’07 and Lucinda Burger Knauer ’74, and niece Dr. Julia A. Morrow ’07 all graduated from the College.

Todd C. Snovel ’06

Todd C. Snovel ’06, Alumni Citation

Todd Snovel ’06 serves as Vice President of Student Affairs & Community Engagement at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster. Prior to this position, Snovel was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf as the inaugural Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. In this role, he advised the Governor on policies, practices, legislation, and systems that impacted LGBTQ individuals and communities. He is passionate about contributing to his community and advocating for equality and access to education, the arts, and healthcare. He currently serves on the board of the Keystone Business Alliance, the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, and the Lebanon Community Theatre. He also serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, the Community Engagement Committee for the Fulton Theater, and the Personnel Committee at the Lebanon Country Club.