Exceptional Bluffton University alumni who have reached milestones of achievement, service and giving, are honored each year during Homecoming weekend at the President’s Banquet. Two awards are given each year, alternating from Professional Achievement and Faculty/Staff Service to Outstanding Young Alumni and Lifetime Service.
Professional Achievement Award
Carrie (Ream '85) Woodruff, MAOM '02
Carrie (Ream) Woodruff earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1985 as a food and nutrition
major and Master of Arts in Organizational Management in 2002. For the past 20 years,
she has served as the food service director of the Lima City Schools. During that
time, she has overseen the implementation of free breakfast and lunch programs, earned
multiple grants for fresh fruits and vegetables in the schools, and led the redesign
of the nine school cafeterias in the district. Woodruff is committed to advancing
the profession and has mentored more than 50 post-baccalaureate dietetics interns,
including many from Bluffton.
2019 Faculty/Staff Service Award
Jean Szabo served as a faculty member of the music department for 27 years, from 1965 through 1992. A 1949 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, she taught private piano lessons at home for several years prior to joining Bluffton’s faculty. In 1970, she earned a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University. Szabo received tenure in 1974 and completed sabbaticals in Vienna, England and at selected universities in Canada and the United States. A committed teacher and mentor, she was a member of several professional organizations, accompanied countless recitals and “Messiah” performances, and served as the chair of the Artist Series Committee for ten years.