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Fleming, Tobin receive Miller Outstanding Senior Awards

Thomas Fleming of Penn Yan, NY, and Emily Tobin of Penfield, NY, will receive one of Alfred University’s highest honors, the Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Award, to be presented at Alfred University’s annual Honors Convocation April 23.

Each recipient – one man and one woman -- will receive a $5,000 check and a handcrafted tile to commemorate the award. They will also speak at Alfred University’s commencement May 15.

They were chosen for the honor by a campus-wide committee on the basis of scholarship, extra-curricular leadership and personal character. Faculty, staff and students may nominate candidates for the award.

“We once again had an exceptional field of candidates for the Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Awards,” said Kathy Woughter, vice president for Student Affairs. “I continue to be impressed with our students, and recognize how fortunate we are to have such incredible students – they’re bright, engaged, and totally committed to making the most of their Alfred University experience.”

Fleming, who is majoring in Communications and German, is president of AU Pride organization and just concluded a two-year stint as editor-in-chief of the Fiat Lux, leading it through a technology upgrade. He has also been general manager of WALF Radio.

He’s served the University community in other ways as well, as a member of Student Senate, as an alternate student representative on the Strategic Planning Council, as the student representative on the technology committee, and as a student resource person for the Board of Trustees’ University Relations Committee.

Fleming is being inducted into the Alfred University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, and a member of Phi Sigma Iota, the foreign language honor society, and Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellent during a student’s first year. He received a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Certificate of Merit, a national journalism award, for his article, “Dan of the Dead,” a story about how a student with a NERF gun precipitated a “lockdown” on the AU campus.

Fleming earned an honorable mention in the Richard V. Bergren Student Innovation Awards competition for his work to upgrade the Fiat Lux Web site. He received the Modern Languages Culture Award and an Alfie Award for his contributions to the Fiat Lux. His work on the newspaper made him a two-time winner of the Sharon Hoover Fund award.

A graduate of Penn Yan Academy, Fleming is the son of David and Loretta Fleming of Penn Yan, NY.
Tobin, who will graduate with majors in sociology and psychology and a minor in coaching, enrolled at Alfred intending to become a high school guidance counselor. Her work at AU as a First Year Experience peer leader, as retention program assistant, as a peer advising intern, and member of the Residence Life staff convinced her future lies in the area of college student personnel administration; she has enrolled in a master’s degree program in that field at Canisius College for the fall.

Tobin has been an award-winning member and captain of the women’s lacrosse team, a member and president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and a student athlete mentor.

Through her initiative, the University created a new Saxon athletics logo and revamped its athletics Web site, an effort that earned Tobin an honorable mention in the 2009 Richard V. Bergren Student Innovation Awards competition. She earned the Saxon Six Award bestowed upon a select group of outstanding seniors, and was selected to participate in Alfred’s Newest Talent leadership initiative as a first-year student.

She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society; Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society; and Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society for social sciences.

A graduate of Penfield High School, Tobin is the daughter of Robert and Patricia Tobin of Penfield.

Along with a hand-crafted tile made by Wayne Higby, an internationally acclaimed artist and professor of ceramic art in the School of Art & Design at AU, Fleming and Tobin will receive $5,000 in cash, thanks to an endowment created by Robert L. McNeil Jr. of Wyndmoor, PA, a friend and business colleague of Marlin Miller, who is a 1954 alumnus of Alfred University as well as a member and former chairman of the Board of Trustees.

While Alfred University has for many years presented outstanding senior awards to the man and woman in each class selected by a campus-wide committee, in 2004 the awards were named in honor of Miller.