Hiram College

Hiram College will honor four alumni at its 2016 Alumni Weekend, June 17-19. Those recognized include: J. Marshall Dunn, D. Min. ’65, Lifelong Leadership Award; William Moran Jr. ’86, Alumni Achievement Award; Lauren LeBlanc ’11, (Recent Graduate) Service to Humanity Award; and Michael Myers, Ph.D. ’83, Alumni Volunteer Award.

J. Marshall Dunn, D. Min. ’65, Lifelong Leadership Award

Dunn, of Hyattsville, Md., earned his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School after graduating from Hiram in 1965. He began his ministry with two congregations, one on Chicago’s south side and the other in Blue Island, Ill. The two eventually merged. During this time, Dunn was elected as the first president of the Illinois-Wisconsin College of Ministers and founded Reach Out, an ecumenical crisis center. By 1974, Dunn became the senior minister at University Christian Church in Maryland where he served for 31 years.

Dunn’s career had been marked by his commitment to social justice and compassion for those in need. He founded Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment, a crisis center that helps community members avoid evictions and utility shut-offs while it provides them bus tokens, work boots and other essentials to gain and maintain employment.
Among Dunn’s several roles and recognitions, he received the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award for the Prince George’s County Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews for his community service. He also was selected for the Prince George’s County Board of Ethics, he served on the first advisory committee for the Northwestern High School’s Teen Parenting Program and was a member of the general board and administrative committee for the Disciples of Christ. Dunn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Higher Education and Leadership Ministries.

Through these and other community service contributions, Dunn’s “years of dedication to the betterment of his community, from behind-the-scenes efforts to help the needy to prominent leadership roles in his church, epitomize the achievements this award was designed to honor,” according to his award nominator, William Heath.

Lauren LeBlanc ’11 (Recent Graduate) Service to Humanity Award

LeBlanc of Boston has funneled her energy into alleviating poverty and inequality of others since her college days. She is a founder of Hiram’s Olive Branch Fair Trade Store. LeBlanc continued along a path of helping improve others’ lives by managing Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade store in Cleveland Heights.

After two years in Cleveland, LeBlanc returned home to Boston to begin a new position in donor relations for HonorCraft. She later joined Komera, an organization for which she currently works to help women in Rwanda receive education.

“Lauren has constantly followed her own path and has shown a true selflessness and dedication to creating a better world around her,” says her nominator, James Stubbins ’09. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.”

William Moran Jr. ’86, Alumni Achievement Award

From Hiram to Merrill Lynch, Moran has become the “go to guy” for financial advice in the LGBT community in Washington, D.C. His achievements led Merrill Lynch to develop the first LGBT Financial Services Team on Wall Street, of which Moran serves as senior vice president.

Moran has served as an expert source for such news outlets as Fox Business, Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. A member of the Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Investment Management Diversity and Inclusion Council, Moran received the Merrill Lynch Leadership and Inclusion Diversity Award in 2014.

Moran’s community service and commitment extend well beyond Wall Street. He is a member and former president of the board of directors of Food and Friends, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization that provides meals to people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. He also serves as a board member and treasurer of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. Among his recognitions, Moran received the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leadership Award for his contributions to the LGBT community. At Hiram, Moran has his sights set on supporting students as a speaker and Washington, D.C. business host.
Lauren LeBlanc ’11, (Recent Graduate) Service to Humanity Award

LeBlanc of Boston has funneled her energy into alleviating poverty and inequality of others since her college days. She is a founder of Hiram’s Olive Branch Fair Trade Store.  LeBlanc continued along a path of helping improve others’ lives by managing Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade store in Cleveland Heights.

After two years in Cleveland, LeBlanc returned home to Boston to begin a new position in donor relations for HonorCraft. She later joined Komera, an organization for which she currently works to help women in Rwanda receive education.

“Lauren has constantly followed her own path and has shown a true selflessness and dedication to creating a better world around her, says her nominator, James Stubbins ’09. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.”

Michael Myers, Ph.D. ’83, Alumni Volunteer Award

A longtime Hiram College volunteer and friend, Myers of Indianapolis served on Hiram’s alumni executive board from 2009 to 2014. During that time, he spent a year as chair of the Alumni Volunteer Day committee and worked to bolster Alumni Volunteer Day by rewriting promotional pieces, creating an FAQ sheet and conducting a survey of past coordinators to solicit feedback on how to improve the event. As a result of his efforts, Alumni Volunteer Day participation doubled.

Myers has opened his home to regional alumni for presidential events. He encourages others to share his spirit of support and, according to his nominator, “He exemplifies the spirit of an engaged alumnus and volunteer.”