Lebanon Valley College Alumni Honored for Exceptional Achievements

Written by Jake Keiter and featured in our October 25th Print Edition!

Lebanon Valley College celebrated the achievements and contributions of its alumni during the annual Alumni Awards held on Sunday, October 15, 2023, as part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities. The ceremony honored five outstanding individuals who have demonstrated remarkable commitment to their professions, communities, and their alma mater.

Bob Johns ’75 Receives Betty C. Hungerford ’54, H’09 Award for Distinguished Service to Lebanon Valley College

Bob Johns, a 1975 graduate with degrees in Economics and Business Administration, was recognized with the Betty C. Hungerford ’54, H’09 Award for Distinguished Service to Lebanon Valley College. This prestigious award is presented to individuals who have volunteered their time and demonstrated a great passion for the college for 10 or more consecutive years. Johns’ impressive career in the hospitality industry and his active involvement in the International Association of Conference Centers showcased his unwavering dedication. Notably, he chaired the Leadership and Alumni Council and played a pivotal role in the 150th Anniversary celebration. Johns, along with his wife Holly, has recently relocated to North Carolina to be closer to family.

Dr. Anthony Marasco ’08 Honored with the Creative Achievement Award

Dr. Anthony Marasco, a 2008 graduate, received the Creative Achievement Award. Marasco is an internationally recognized composer and sound artist whose works have been showcased across the United States and in five countries. As an Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Composition at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, he continues to push the boundaries of music and technology. Marasco’s work in web audio and hardware hacking is pioneering, making him a well-deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

Betty Ross ’14 Recognized with The Young Alumni Award

Betty Ross, who graduated in 2014 with degrees in Music Business and Digital Communications, was honored with The Young Alumni Award. Ross has showcased her commitment to service through her involvement with various organizations, including Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life, and the Music Industry Student Association. After graduation, she dedicated herself to marketing and administration roles within the nonprofit sector, working with organizations like Heal Ministries and His Heart for Africa in Uganda. Her dedication to educating children and quality elderly care has earned her this well-deserved recognition.

Cornell Wilson ’96 Receives Alumni Citation

Cornell Wilson, a 1996 graduate with a degree in Sociology, received the Alumni Citation. Wilson’s active involvement in student government and numerous community activities laid the foundation for his ongoing commitment to serving youth and his community. He is currently the president of the board and one of the founders of Making a Difference of Lebanon, PA. His contributions to youth sports, volunteer work, and his role as a Lebanon School Board member and Lebanon City Councilman reflect his profound commitment to his community.

Karen A. Young ’84 Awarded The Distinguished Alumnus Award

Karen A. Young, a 1984 graduate, received The Distinguished Alumnus Award. With over 35 years of experience, she has inspired individuals and organizations to achieve excellence. Young’s journey from being an employee to becoming an entrepreneur, small business owner, and consultant is a testament to her dedication. She founded HR Resolutions in Harrisburg in 2005, offering her expertise to help people and organizations thrive. Her contributions to human resource management have been recognized, and she continues to be a valuable resource in the field.

These five Lebanon Valley College alumni serve as an inspiration to the entire community, embodying the college’s values and making a positive impact on their respective fields and communities. Their dedication and achievements showcase the college’s commitment to producing outstanding graduates. The institution remains proud of its alumni and looks forward to more success stories in the future.


Jacob Keiter is a husband, a writer, a journalist, a musician, and a business owner. His journey to becoming a writer was one that was paved with challenges, but ultimately led him to find his true calling. Jacob's early years were marked by a strong desire for creative expression. He was always drawn to music, and in his youth, he played in several bands, chasing the elusive promise of fame and success. However, despite his best efforts, Jacob struggled to find the recognition he craved. It wasn't until he hit a low point in his life that Jacob discovered his love for writing. He turned to writing as a form of therapy during a particularly difficult time, and found that it not only helped him to cope with his struggles, but also allowed him to express himself in a way that he had never been able to before. Jacob's writing skills quickly caught the attention of others, and he soon found himself working as a journalist for The Sun out of Hummelstown. From there, he went on to contribute to a variety of publications, including the American Bee Journal and Referee Magazine. Jacob's writing style is reflective of traditional journalism, but he also infuses his work with a unique voice that sets him apart from others in his field. Despite his success as a writer, Jacob also owns another business, JJ Auto & Home, which specializes in cleaning. Jacob's commitment to excellence is evident in all of his endeavors, whether it be in his writing or in his business ventures. Today, Jacob is the author of two books and continues to inspire others through his writing. His journey to becoming a writer serves as a reminder that sometimes our darkest moments can lead us to our greatest achievements.

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