Arthur Morgan Award (Support/Service to the Community)

MELVA FAGER OKUN '69 BIO

Melva is a Senior Manager at  NC Prevention Partners, where she has worked for 12 years. She assists hospitals and schools across the state, and now the nation, in improving their efforts to help employees and patients quit the use of tobacco, improve nutrition and become more physically active. She led the effort for all of the state's 124 acute care hospitals in becoming 100% tobacco-free campus-wide. In so doing, North Carolina became the first state to achieve this high mark. Working with a team of national experts, Melva developed a unique national web-based tool, the Patient Quit Tobacco System, to support hospitals in creating a comprehensive system approach to help patients quit the use of tobacco. She now works with hospitals across the nation, with a special emphasis on all New York City  and South Carolina hospitals. Her work was recently recognized by the NC Public Health Association when they awarded her with the Distinguished Service Award. A Carrboro resident, Okun completed her doctorate in public health and obtained a master's degree in instructional design from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She loves living in Carrboro, which is considered one of the top 100 communities in the nation for the arts. Several Antioch graduates are known to reside there. Melva is active in her community on local and international issues, and still considers herself a fighter for justice.


PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

1982                         

Amy Cohn Liss ’53
Administrator and academic advisor at NYU School of Continuing Education

Inez Smith Reid
Trustee of Antioch; attorney

1983

J. Dudley “JD” Dawson
Longtime director of Cooperative Education, Antioch College

1984

Charlotte A. Drake ’46
Director of Alumni Relations, Antioch College

1985

Hardy W. Trolander ’47
One of the founders and later chairman of the Yellow Springs Instrument Company

1986

Leo A. Drey 39 and Kay Drey
Pioneer Forest owners and tree conservators

1987

George R. Geiger
Emeritus Professor of Humanities, Antioch College

1988

Dorothy Mitzel Austin ’39
Community activist, consumer advocate and volunteer

Xarifa Sallume Bean ’31
A former Trustee (1980-87), Xarifa is co-founder (with Morris Bean ’30) of foundry Morris Bean & Co.

1989

Emil Sekerak ’36
Education director of Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley, and relocation facilitator following World War II

1990

The Lloyd Family
Philanthropists and peace advocates

1991

Shirley Reinwald Johnson ’40
Learning disabilities educator

1992

Virginia Hamilton Adoff ’57
Author of children’s books

1993

James L. Grahl ’39
CEO, Basin Electric Power cooperative

1994

Michael Spock ’59
Vice President for Public Programs at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago; Antioch biology professor

1995

Nicholas Sabadosh ’34
Activist and lifetime community service volunteer

1996

Suzanne Leseur Trostle 46
Community leader and volunteer

1997

Paul Graham 52
VP Research, Vernay Laboratories; community volunteer

1998

Lester Preston Lee Jr. 72
Cooperative Education Coordinator for Economics, Northeastern University; community volunteer

1999

Judith “Jude” Filler 71
Professor, community activist and volunteer

2000

Jean Butzen ’79
Executive Director of Lakefront Supportive Housing; community volunteer

2001

Beverly Viemeister ’49
Trustee; community volunteer

2002

Laura Jarrells Anderson ’52
Women’s health advocate; community volunteer

2003

Irwin Abrams
Professor Emeritus, Antioch College. Established Department of History at Antioch, helped organize Antioch Education Abroad, andwas the Coordinator of International Programs for the Great Lakes Colleges Association; served as president of the International Society for Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Interchanges

2004

Lillian Pierson Lovelace ’51
Philanthropist; Pierson Lovelace Foundation

2005

Lee Morgan ’66
Chairman, the Antioch Co.

2006

Barbara Winslow ’68
Professor, CUNY

2007

Nikki Stein ’70
Executive director of the Polk Brothers Foundation, Chicago

2008

The Antioch College Faculty and Staff
For courage under fire, and perseverance under duress

2009

James Bolle 57
Dr. Bolle, the longtime music director of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, in 1966 founded Monadnock Music. Through Monadnock, musicians and audiences are brought together in settings conducive to fluent communication and high enjoyment.

2010

Sherry Hahn 78
During the war in Bosnia, she worked with the state dept. who in turn worked with the military, and organized the largest transport of humanitarian aid (medical supplies, etc). It landed in Bosnia during the middle of the war. Sherry then worked with locals to distribute the supplies. Following that, she worked with people in Boston to raise the awareness of the trafficking of women in Israel.

2011

Nonstop faculty, staff and students
Nonstop Antioch is what alumni, students, staff and faculty dubbed the movement to keep Antioch College alive and operating in Yellow Springs when the University announced its intent to shutter the campus. Those students, faculty and staff remained committed to staying in Yellow Springs to teach, learn, and keep the Antioch spirit alive.

2012

Suzanne Sonderegger de Berge ’65 
She is founder of Semillas para el Futuro (Seeds for the Future), a group working on behalf of indigenous people and preservation of Mayan sites and relics in Guatemala. Suzanne is also Treasurer of SMPAC (Southern Maya Project for Archaeology and Community).

2013

Virginia Neal Thornthwaite ’47
Virginia and her husband, Fred Thorthwaite, were pioneers in co-operative communities, including Wyandotte Co-op and Cooperative Services, Inc.