May 25, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors will present its annual awards to five alumni during Reunion celebrations June 4.

Honored will be: Kunitake Ando, Class of 1965, James F. Bennett Jr. '90, Margaret Hollinshead Ley '60, Marthann Lauver Samek '60, and Erika Dunn Stanat '90.

Martie Samek, Edison, N.J., will receive the Loyalty to Bucknell Award, given for extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to alma mater. A member of the Board of Trustees, she served three terms as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, she has chaired her 25th and 30th reunions and served as the Central New Jersey cochair for The Bucknell Campaign. She has been a Class Agent and, along with her husband, Ed '58, cochaired the development committee of the Parents Association, helping to initiate the Bucknell Parents Fund, which has become one of the most successful collegiate parent funds in the nation. Ed and Martie Samek were honored in 2001 when the university's art gallery was dedicated as the Samek Gallery.

Kunitake Ando, Tokyo, Japan, will receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession. Ando is the president and group chief operating officer of Sony, one of the largest and most successful corporations in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of over $67 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, and employs nearly 152,000 people worldwide.

Peggy Ley, Houston, Texas, will be honored with the Service to Humanity Award, given for selfless and caring deeds that benefit society and humankind. Ley has focused her life work on helping those in need, particularly children and adults with learning difficulties due to dyslexia and AD/HD. Since 1974, she has worked and developed programs at the Neuhaus Education Center and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston instructing teachers how to effectively teach students with dyslexia. She also has been honored for her work creating programs to deal with school dropout prevention. She is a member of the Bucknell Alumni Association Board of Directors.

The Young Alumni Award will be given this year to two recipients in honor of professional accomplishments, service to alma mater, and work that benefits society.

Jamey Bennett, Nantucket, Mass., cofounded Lending Tree Inc., a leader in the consumer-lending marketplace. He also conceived and launched BookWire, one of the first vertical B2B web sites and LightWedge, a company that produces a sleek reading light unlike any other on the market. He also is a member of the Bucknell Board of Trustees, president of the Bucknell Club of Nantucket, and an alumni admissions recruiter.

Erika Dunn Stanat, Rochester, NY., is a partner in the law firm of Harter, Secrest, & Emery and involved with numerous community organizations, including St. Joseph's Villa, the American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, and the Boys and Girls Club. She also serves on the board of the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley and regularly donates free legal services to indigent members of the community. She is a member of the executive committee of the Bucknell Alumni Association, the alumni president of her class, and volunteers as an admissions representative.

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