Washington College Magazine

Young Alumni Honored at Convocation

April 12, 2013
Washington College recognized the exceptional achievements of two young alumni working in the realms of the arts and space exploration.

At Fall Convocation, Karen DiLossi ’98 and Timothy Tawney ’98 were presented with the Alumni Horizon Ribbon Award. 

DiLossi, the first national director of Arts in Sacred Places, has developed a new, sustainable approach to cultural enrichment that pairs arts and religious communities in mutually beneficial partnerships. Based on pilot programs in Philadelphia, DiLossi has created training workshops and a manual of best practices covering topics such as long-term leases for arts organizations, and how to market and promote arts groups housed in churches, synagogues, and other places of worship. These educational tools will be made available to religious and art communities throughout the country.

The former drama major has worked as a professional stage manager, director and producer in the Philadelphia area. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Flashpoint Theatre Company.

Tim Tawney, a former international studies and economics major, found his niche at NASA, where he is Senior International Programs Specialist in the Office of International and Interagency Relations. He has negotiated agreements on major space projects, both national and international, and has received two NASA Headquarters Exceptional Performance Awards for his work. His most recent endeavor as Space Science Team Lead took him to the NASA control room in the early hours of August 6, when the Curiosity rover landed on Mars. The successful landing on the Red Planet is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements in the history of robotic planetary exploration. 

Tawney currently serves as a member of the Washington College Alumni Board. 

The Horizon Ribbon recognizes the accomplishments of graduates of the last 15 years. To nominate someone for this award, please visit http://washcoll.edu/live/forms/55-alumni-award-nomination-form.

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