Best & Brightest
Federal Employee of the Year
Edward Richards, LMSW (M.S.W. '77), was selected as Federal Employee of the Year (New York) for Special Contributions by an Individual. Mr. Richards, who is a Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs, coordinated a Paralympic Adaptive Sports Program for disabled veterans throughout the New York City metropolitan area. He also has helped coordinate the activities of the U.S. Olympic Committee in these endeavors. Mr. Richards received this prestigious award from the Federal Executive Board in Manhattan in May.
His award nomination read, in part, "Through Mr. Richards' exceptional creativity and innovative leadership, he was instrumental in the development of the 1st Paralympic Adaptive Sports Clinic at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center for veterans enrolled at the VAMC's in the NY/NJ metropolitan area...In no small measure, this unique special project was the direct result of Mr. Richards's leadership, dedication, and determination to make his vision a reality."
Countless Achievements for Numerical Poetry
Marianne Waering Prokop '66, under the pen name M.W. Penn, is keeping busy with lectures, awards, and new books. She has been invited to speak at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conference in Philadelphia in April 2012; this is an encore invitation, as Ms. Penn presented a session to the same organization in 2011. In addition, she has presented at several state and local meetings, such as ATOMIC (Associated Teachers of Mathematics Connecticut). She is slated to present a session and chair a panel on interdisciplinary literature at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in Chicago in November, as well as hosting an author's table at the NCTE Books for Children Luncheon. She recently authored a Pebble Math Series for Capstone Press, and other upcoming publications include Square Bear and 2 Lines. Visit the author's website: www.mwpenn.com. The Highlights website (www.highlights.com) also features her work.
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Mr. Richards with General Duncan J. McNabb (U.S. Air Force)
M.W. Penn & Sam (Photo by Stephanie Anestis)