The Bucknell University Alumni Association presented its annual awards to four outstanding alumni during Reunion Weekend festivities on June 3.
Ronald Benjamin '67 received the Loyalty to Bucknell Award, which is given to a member of the alumni community whose service, dedication and commitment to alma mater are extraordinary. Benjamin's service to the University started in 1995 as he began a 19-year term as a Board of Trustees member, chairing the compensation, audit and finance committee. He also served as a member of the Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1991 through 1996 and chaired the 50th Reunion committee for the Class of 1967.
After more than 40 years in successful business endeavors across various industries, Benjamin currently works as managing director for GreenEarth Cleaning. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell, where he played football on an athletic scholarship and was president of both Sigma Chi and the Interfraternity Council. Benjamin and his wife, Patricia, have three children, two of whom –– Brenden '94 and Jonathan '98 –– are Bucknell graduates.
Lori Greely '82 received the Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession Award. This award was initiated in 1952 to recognize a member of the alumni community whose professional accomplishments are exceptionally noteworthy. Greely is CEO of Serena & Lily, an upscale home furnishings company based in Sausalito, Calif. She is widely recognized for her experience in the retail industry and her skills in merchandising, marketing, branding and team building.
Before joining Serena & Lily, Greely served as CEO of Victoria's Secret, the world's largest premium intimate apparel brand, from 2007 to 2013 and oversaw the launch of some of the company's most successful sub-brands, including Body by Victoria, Dream Angels, Very Sexy and Victoria's Secret Sport. She attended Bucknell on an athletic scholarship to play field hockey, was a cheerleader and lacrosse player, and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. Greely is an active volunteer for her alma mater, serving as a speaker for the Institute for Leadership in Technology & Management program and previously as a Bucknell Institute for Public Policy advisory board member.
Matthew Karanian '82, a California-based attorney, received the Service to Humanity Award, which is given to a member of the alumni community whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind. Karanian has dedicated a significant part of his career to promoting human rights and developing the rule of law in Armenia, the ancestral home of his grandparents. He spent several years as an associate dean and professor of the law program at American University of Armenia and launched the Armenian Law Review, Armenia's first English-language law review. Shortly after Armenia had re-established its independence in 1991, he served as an advocate for the interests of the country's newly formed non-governmental organizations.
Karanian also has published several books about Armenia and his latest, Historic Armenia After 100 Years, is the first historical guide to Western Armenia, the designation used by Armenians to refer to Armenian lands that were ravished by genocide during World War I. He received the nation's prestigious Arshile Gorky Medal during a ceremony at the Armenian Consulate in Los Angeles on Armenian Independence Day, Sept. 21, 2016. He graduated from Bucknell with a bachelor's degree in political science. During his time at the University, he was a writer and editor for The Bucknellian and news director for WVBU-FM.
Uganda native Muyambi Muyambi '12 received the Young Alumni Award. Started in 2001, this award is given to a member of the alumni community who graduated in the last 15 years whose professional accomplishments, service to alma mater, and/or selfless and caring work to benefit society are distinctive. Muyambi's service to others began in 2008 during his first year at Bucknell, when he founded Bicycles Against Poverty (BAP) with funding from the Clinton Global Initiative. The organization seeks to improve life in rural Africa through a lease-to-own model that provides bicycles in order to access clean water, health care, schools and town resources.
Muyambi graduated from Bucknell in 2012 with dual degrees in civil engineering and economics. During his time at the University, he was named the 2009 Bucknellian of the Year, received the esteemed Burma-Bucknell Bowl Award, received a personal letter from President Barack Obama acknowledging BAP, and was recognized as a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the year. Currently, Muyambi is pursuing a master's of business administration at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business with a focus on finance, and continues to work with BAP in his free time.