Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
During her undergraduate days, Jane Brown was extremely busy. She painted scenery, planned programs, acted, and directed as a member of Cap and Dagger - and she became its president. She was the editor of L'Agenda. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year and graduated summa cum laude. At graduation, she was awarded the William Bucknell Prize for Women in English Literature and she shared the Oliver J. Decker Prize for having the highest academic average in her class.
A Fulbright Fellowship took her to a year's study at the University of Dijon (France). On her return to America, she studied at Cornell University, receiving her master's degree in 1955.
And then she stormed New York. For six years she produced and wrote television programs for the major networks, but finally she turned to the world of advertising. Her nine years with Ogilvy and Mather were rewarded with promotions to a vice-presidency and to a creative directorship. Her move to Wells, Rich and Green was acknowledged when she became one of their vice-presidents as well as creative director. Her latest change has been to found Jane Maas Advertising, Inc., a company so successful that it has become part of Wyse Advertising.
In 1981 she was the recipient of the Matrix Award, the highest honor that New York's Women in Communications can pay to a professional communicator. Certainly this acclaim was based somewhat on her supervision of the "I Love New York" campaign.
Her post-graduate involvement with her alma mater has placed her in many roles, all of them demanding: a member of the Steering Committee for the Association for the Arts, a member of the Campaign for the 80's Planning Committee, and a member of the Board of Trustees. She is currently the secretary of the board.
She and her husband, Michael Maas, are the parents of two daughters. In September, Jennifer Maas will become the third generation of her family to attend Bucknell.