UB to honor four at annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on September 20

UB to honor four at annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on September 20

The University of Bridgeport will honor four alumni for their professional accomplishments and far-reaching contributions to improve the quality of lives for children, the poor, and the elderly at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Thursday, September 20.

This year’s recipients are Ronald Crawford ’68, Royce Friedman ’46, Janice Robinson ’73, and Ian Welsch ’05. The dinner will be held at The Gallery in the University’s Arnold Bernhard Center.

“Our 2012 honorees represent a wide range of accomplished professionals who have made far – ranging impacts, not only in their chosen fields, but also in the communities where they live. Collectively, this year’s awardees have both transformed and continue to transform the lives of many, and that is why we are so proud to honor them as our own,” said Alumni Relations Director Susan Butler.

Ronald L. Crawford, Esq. received a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University before earning a master’s in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he also earned his law degree. From 2009 to 2011 he served as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) first chief counsel for Diversity and Policy Initiatives. He has taught corporate law at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and at Howard University School of Law. He also is the former Assistant Academic Dean and Director and Founder of the Institute of Ethnic and Urban Affairs at St. John’s University.

Royce Friedman ’46 graduated from UB’s precursor, the Junior College of Connecticut after returning from his service in the U.S. navy during World War II as a decorated war veteran. He is president and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Oil of Connecticut, where he has spent his professional career in the petroleum industry expanding and diversifying what was once a family owned coal-and-charcoal business into one of the largest, privately owned oil companies in the state. He serves on numerous boards including the Stratford Commission of WWII Veterans, New England Fuel Institute, the Jewish Home for the Elderly Foundation, and the Board of Directors for the University of Bridgeport. He supports several philanthropic initiatives, including Connecticut Children’s Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Roy & Aline Friedman Medical Home Care Agency.

Janice Robinson Esq. teaches law at Columbia University’s Teachers College. After receiving her bachelor’s in physical education from UB, she earned a master’s in education and education management from Teachers College and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to joining Teachers College in 2000, she held a joint appointment with Rutgers School of Law and Newark College of Arts and Sciences as the Special Counsel to the Law School Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. She was Assistant Dean, Director of the Minority Student Program, and Director of Financial Aid at Rutgers Law School and has practiced with the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division. She serves on the board of trustees of Link Community School, an independent middle school that prepares students from Newark, NJ, for private high schools. She is a former member of the board of directors of the New York County Lawyers Association and the Judiciary Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is admitted to practice in New York, U.S. Federal District Court – Southern and Eastern Districts, U.S. Court of Appeals – Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ian Welsch earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, first in counseling and then in education, from UB before being hired as an elementary-school teacher in the Miami-Dade School District in Florida. His experience working with disenfranchised youth motivated him to found The Motivational Edge, a non-profit that serves disadvantaged youth, including foster children, growing up in the most underserved parts of Miami. Founded in 2009, the charity started by offering free tutorial programs in Miami middle schools, but last summer it opened its official home, Allapattah Music and Literacy Center. Patrons from as young as 4 to 44 can participate in a variety of academic and enrichment programs, including literacy for toddlers, remedial reading and math and other tutorials, parenting classes, sports, and a wide variety of music classes.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu