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Alumnae Association names award winners

Classes of 1964, 1970, 1977 represented

9/27/2002 3:14:00 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Randolph-Macon Woman's College Alumnae Association named Julie Block Milstien ’64, Candy Crowley ’70, and Suzanne Patrick ’77 as winners of this year’s Alumnae Achievement Awards. Alumnae Director Muriel Casey ’53 and Association President Donna Hearn Wynne ’79 made the announcement on September 21st during the Association’s 44th annual Alumnae Leadership Council.

Milstien’s work with the World Health Organization in Geneva has had a significant impact on global public health. As a team coordinator in the Access to Technologies Team in the department of Vaccines and Biologicals, she plans and coordinates the supply, financing, and quality of vaccines and immunization technologies in immunization programs around the world. In that role, she has been highly influential in ensuring supplies of safe and effective vaccines of assured quality for all countries of the world, and has earned respect as a key figure in the international public health community. Milstien’s nominators also praised her for organizing a series of Class of 1964 Hikes through the Alps, where she makes her home.

As senior political correspondent for CNN, Candy Crowley regularly appears in homes, businesses, and public places across the nation, and is one of broadcast journalism’s most respected figures. Her assignments have taken her to all 50 states and around the world. She has covered more than half a dozen presidential campaigns, and since the presidential nomination of Jimmy Carter, all but one of the national political conventions.

Crowley won the 1999 DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award for her coverage of the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton, the 1998 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress from the National Press Foundation, and the 1997 Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism for her coverage of Bob Dole's campaign for the presidency. She received the Associated Press Broadcasters' Award for spot news reporting for her coverage of the Reagan campaign, as well as the AP Award for in-depth coverage of the 1980 Reagan campaign. Crowley also won the Columbia University's Armstrong Award for Freedom is My Woman, a documentary on a prison cellblock takeover.

Suzanne Patrick has spent much of her professional life working for or with the defense industry, beginning with Naval Air Systems Command, where she was program manager for the Royal Netherlands Navy P-3 antisubmarine warfare aircraft program. She served on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations and, in 1985, she joined the staff of then-Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, where she was Deputy Director for Congressional Liaison and Weapons System Acquisition. Beginning in 1987, Miss Patrick turned to Wall Street where she provided investment recommendations on the aerospace and defense industry to portfolio managers as an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Incorporated. She went on to serve as portfolio manager of New Poland Eagle Investment Advisers, a fund she developed to invest in Poland’s mass privatization.

In July 2001, Suzanne accepted and appointment as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, a position that makes her responsible for all decisions regarding mergers and acquisitions affecting the U. S. defense industry; the Department’s relations with NATO defense and aerospace industries; and the overall health of the U. S. defense industrial base.

Founded in 1891, Randolph–Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College is a member of the International 50, a group of national liberal arts colleges recognized for their internationally oriented programs and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as seventh in the nation among national liberal arts colleges for our percent

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