Accolades & Achievements

The Accolades & Achievements blog gathers information from news articles and press releases about noteworthy events in the lives of alumni. It is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record.

If you would like an event added to or removed from the blog, or to report any inaccuracies, please email Alison Coppelman, Director, Alumni Relations, at

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December 19, 2014

Today the President will sign an Executive Order to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing and announce its members. The Task Force is part of the Administration’s efforts to strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

December 18, 2014

Gov. Gary Herbert has nominated Judge Constandinos Himonas to fill a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Ronald Nehring.

The nomination, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is Herbert’s second as governor. If confirmed, Himonas, who is Greek Orthodox, would be the only non-Mormon on the state’s high court.

December 18, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Gary Barnett and Gary Goldsholle have been named as deputy directors in the Division of Trading and Markets.

December 18, 2014

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:

December 17, 2014

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) announced today that it has named Peter A. Altabef as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2015.

December 17, 2014

SUNY Distinguished Professor James A. Gardner has been named interim dean of the University at Buffalo Law School, UB Provost Charles F. Zukoski announced today.

Gardner is the Bridget and Thomas Black Professor in the UB Law School, a designation he will retain while serving as interim dean. His appointment is effective Dec. 20.


December 15, 2014

After humble beginnings, William Tong's life has been a series of accomplishments.

December 12, 2014

Ward Farnsworth, 83, died at home in Winnetka on December 3, 2014. The cause was complications from congestive heart failure. Ward was born on March 28, 1931, the son of Eber Ward and Mary Meyering Farnsworth. He grew up in Libertyville and Lake Forest and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University.

December 8, 2014

HistoryMiami recently appointed Holly Davis as vice president of advancement. Davis will provide strategic leadership for the museum’s advancement program including developing support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

December 4, 2014

Skadden, an elite white­-shoe law firm, announced that it has added another big­-name government official to its ranks: Cyrus Amir­-Mokri, a former assistant secretary of the Treasury. He joins Skadden as a partner in the firm’s New York office.