Renowned Scientist and Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Marcia McNutt, Ph.D., will deliver Convocation Address and receive Honorary Degree

West Long Branch, NJ –   Monmouth University is pleased to announce that it will host its annual Founders’ Day celebration on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 with the Convocation ceremony beginning at 2:15 p.m. in Pollak Theatre. The Convocation Address will be delivered by distinguished scientist and director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Marcia McNutt, Ph.D. Dr. McNutt will receive an honorary degree during the event.

Also to be honored are Carol Stillwell, who will receive the prestigious Maurice Pollak Award for Distinguished Community Service, and Dr. Henry R. Kranzler’76, who will receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. McNutt, is a distinguished scientist and the fifteenth director of the U.S. Geological Survey in its 130-year history. She previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.  As a scientist, Dr. McNutt has participated in fifteen major oceanographic expeditions and served as chief scientist on more than half of those voyages. Her research has ranged from studies of ocean island volcanism in French Polynesia to continental break-up in the Western United States to uplift of the Tibet Plateau. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded by the American Geophysical Union the Macelwane Medal in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration. She received a bachelor's in Physics from Colorado College and a doctorate in Earth Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Carol Stillwell, owner, president, and CEO of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., will receive the prestigious Maurice Pollak Award for Distinguished Community Service.  Together with her late husband, Gordon, they have achieved numerous business awards and recognition for their customer service and expertise.  As a child, Carol learned the importance of giving back to the community and she has devoted her entire life to philanthropy and improving the lives of others.  She joined the board of trustees for Riverview Medical Center Foundation in 2000 and has served as chairperson of Ride for Riverview since 1998, raising over $700,000 for the Jane H. and John Marshall Booker Cancer Center at Riverview Medical Center. She is involved in numerous local charities including Meridian Health, ALS, Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Make-a-Wish Society, and many other organizations and is the founding board member for the Rep Rainbow Foundation, a scholarship fund for young men and woman. She has received numerous awards including the Lou Gehrig Humanitarian Award, the 2009 Distinguished Citizen Service Award from the YMCA, the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and the 2010 William C. Black Award of Hope for her continuous and generous contribution and support of Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  She resides in Colts Neck, NJ.

Dr. Henry R. Kranzler, class of 1976, was selected to receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his career as an internationally recognized expert in the development of medications to treat alcohol dependence in the genetics of alcohol and drug dependence.  He is associate scientific director of the Alcohol Research Center, and professor of psychiatry, genetics, and developmental biology at University of Connecticut School of Medicine  The recipient of continuous grant support from the national Institutes of Health and author of more than 300 journal articles and book chapters, he is on the editorial board of eight journals in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and addictive disorders.  His work has been recognized by his annual designation since 2002 as being one of the Best Doctors in America.

Founders’ Day is a campus-wide event that celebrates Monmouth University’s founding as a junior college in 1933.  The first Founders’ Day was held in 1983 as a part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebration and has since become a University tradition.

The celebration is centered on the Convocation ceremony, presided over by President Paul G. Gaffney II, and attended by invited guests.  The ceremony is devoted to the remembrance and renewal of Monmouth University’s dedication to education and scholarship.  It begins with a formal academic procession and includes the presentation of awards and honorary degrees to individuals whose achievements merit recognition or who have been vital in nourishing the life of the University.  Student leaders and honors scholars are also recognized.