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Mary S. Irick Drexel Awards

The following awards are given each year at the Alumni Classic Presentation Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend.

The Joseph S. Mozino Blue and Gold Award

Formerly titled the Friend of Drexel Award, this award was sponsored by Joseph S. Mozino ’25 for devoted service by members of Drexel’s faculty and administration. A special committee selects recipients based on evidenced interest in students and education, non-educational activities, personal attributes and length of service to Drexel University.

Professional Attainment Awards

These awards are a means by which the Goodwin College Alumni Association expresses its pride in the accomplishments of Drexel alumni. The award recipients are individuals whose accomplishments reflect credit upon the Association. Since 1955, the awards have been presented to alumni who, through the outstanding utilization of their Drexel education, have attained positions of responsibility and authority in their careers. While the selection process is primarily based on significant contributions to the awardee’s profession, a complete evaluation of accomplishments, record of service and personal history serve as secondary considerations.

Specialty Award

The criterion for the Specialty Award is professional attainment by an alumnus/a in a particular major. Recipients have attained positions of responsibility through the utilization of their Drexel education in their specialty field. Key “D” Award The Key “D” Award was initially presented in 1933 to an alumnus/a who had performed significantly for the Evening College Alumni Association. The creation of the Five-Year award in 1955 resulted in broadening the Key “D” Award criteria. Today, the award recognizes alumni of 20 years or more whose overall record best displays professional accomplishments, civic activities, support of Goodwin College and Association affairs and loyalty to Drexel.

The Joseph L. Vetter Service

The Joseph L. Vetter Service to the University Award was first presented in 2002 to Joseph L. Vetter ’51, ’54, in honor of his years of volunteer service to Goodwin College. This award goes annually to an alumnus/a or individual with a close affiliation to the College who has volunteered both time and effort to the College’s benefit.

The Mary S. Irick Drexel Award

This award, named for Mrs. George W. Childs Drexel, is given each year to the outstanding alumnus/a of Goodwin College. The criteria for selection include past contributions of measurable benefit in forwarding the work of Drexel and its future, personal attainments reflecting credit to the University, contributions to civic and community life and a continuing interest and active participation in Drexel activities and in its development in all areas.

The Joseph L. Vetter Endowed Prize

This award was created in the name of one of Goodwin College’s most esteemed alumni, Joseph L. Vetter, whose passion and commitment to the College and its students persisted for over half a century. Joe Vetter, '51, '54 had long been a champion for Goodwin College, espousing the dedication and work ethic of adult-learners. The Vetter Prize is presented each year at the Goodwin Alumni Awards Ceremony the first weekend in May. The prize is granted to a degree student(s) in good standing, enrolled in an evening program administered through Goodwin College.

2012 Joseph L. Vetter Endowed Prize Recipients:

Matthew B. Ercolino —Matthew is currently a principal engineer alternative maintenance high speed rail at Amtrak and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

Brian R. LaCerra —Brian is employed by DuPont's Jacobs Engineering Group as a project clerk and is earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.