Six Recipients Honored with Prestigious Alumni Merit Award

Six individuals have received the Baldwin Wallace University Alumni Merit Award - the highest recognition that can be bestowed upon an alumnus. Each of the 2012 honorees, recognized at the Alumni Celebration on Saturday, June 2, have made distinctive contributions to their chosen career fields, their communities and college.

DORIS SPOTH SNEDEKER — Class of 1946

For her accomplished broadcasting career
and her tireless advocacy for life-long learners at BW and beyond

Doris earned her master’s degree in communication in 1948 from Michigan State University. She was a radio personality for WERE-FM during graduate school, writing and producing classical musical programs. Moving on to television, she spent 35 years at the station now known as WJW-TV Channel 8. During her career, she came in contact with many famous people including President Gerald Ford, Bob Feller, Hank Aaron and Mohammed Ali.

In the 1950s, Doris taught an evening adult music appreciation class at St. John’s College – her first experience in teaching adults. Since 1993, she has been active with Baldwin Wallace University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) in many capacities: as a student, coordinator, curriculum committee chair, vice president and as president from 1997-1998. Always an enthusiastic advocate, Doris was one of four representatives for ILR at the 1998 Midwest Conference where she gave a presentation entitled “It’s Academic: Controversies in Program Planning.”

Doris has been vice president and program chairman of the Friends of the Parma Heights Library and does freelance writing. She lives at Judson Manor in Cleveland’s University Circle where she schedules programs for residents. Her brother, Nelson G. Spoth ’40, received the Alumni Merit Award in 1990.

WARREN HAMULA — Class of 1950

For his renowned excellence, innovation and academic contributions
in the field of orthodontia

While at BW, Warren was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and, in 1950, was BW’s first recognized All-American basketball player selected to play with the College All-Americans. After graduation, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, but decided to go to dental school instead. He earned his DDS degree from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) in 1954 and his MSD degree from Indiana University in 1958.

Today, Dr. Warren Hamula is a nationally renowned orthodontist who lectures and writes extensively, while maintaining a private practice with his son, David, in Colorado Springs. As president of Modern Orthodontic Designs, he has designed 600 offices around the world. He is an active and charter member of the American Board of Orthodontics and a contributing editor of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.

Warren was on the orthodontic staff at Indiana University for more than a decade and has been a guest lecturer and speaker around the country, in Europe and Japan. He designed the orthodontic departments at Colorado and Columbia universities and was a major consultant at Case Western Reserve University. In 1968, he earned the first research essay award given by the American Association of Orthodontics. He holds patents related to orthodontic equipment, cabinetry design, and a unique treatment band.

Warren was inducted into the BW Letterman’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

THOMAS N. WILSON, JR. — Class of 1952

For his stellar service to College, country and community
as a trustee, Navy veteran and active and involved citizen

Tom graduated from BW with a BA in business administration and was later a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. During his time at BW, he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, editor of the Grindstone yearbook, and named Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

After four years in the U.S. Navy, Tom was hired by Pittsburgh National Bank where he rose through many positions. He retired as chairman of PNC Leasing Corporation and vice president of PNC Bank in 1989. Prior to that he was president of Wilson, Inc., Wilson Management Corporation, owner of WDD Company and a partner in Wilson Associates.

Active in civic life, he was a former president of the Pittsburgh Rotary Club, past director of Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh, and involved in many other community organizations. He supported Pittsburgh sports teams, and was an avid golfer, serving as treasurer of six major golf tournaments at the Oakmont Country Club near his home in Oakmont, Penn.

Tom served on the BW Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2010 and, with his wife, Connie, established the Thomas Wilson Family Scholarship. Tom passed away on April 9, 2012.

BIPIN C. SHAH — Class of 1962

For his leadership as a BW trustee
and his revolutionary work in consumer banking and payment systems

In 1965, Bipin earned his MA in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and was part of the 1977 Harvard University Executive Program. He has been an entrepreneurial innovator in banking and the consumer payment industry, most notably as the founder and developer of money access center (MAC) machines, now commonly known as ATMs, as well as Point of Sale (POS) pinned debit systems and cash back at retail stores. These revolutions in payments were first introduced at gas stations with “pay at the pump” in 1985 and in grocery stores in 1986.

Bipin is currently Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Business Payment Solutions (UBPS). Over the past 40 years, he has held a variety of executive positions including founder of both Gensar, the largest credit card processor, and Genpass, the largest ATM processor; director of Visa USA and Visa International; vice chairman and COO of CoreStates Financial Corporation; and senior vice president at the Philadelphia National Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and American Express.

He has served on a number of boards including Visa USA, Philadelphia National Bank, Franklin Institute, U.S. Pro Indoor Tennis and New Jersey National Bank. In 1989 he was nominated for the Smithsonian Award. Bipin has served as a member of the BW Board of Trustees since 1997.

KEITH WYCHE — MBA Class of 1986

For his distinguished senior executive leadership in corporate America
and for his selfless mentoring of aspiring minority executive leaders

Keith received his BBA from Cleveland State University in 1981 and his MBA in Business Administration from BW in 1986. Keith was recently named president of Acme, a division of the grocery retailer SUPERVALU, after serving as president of Cub Foods, another SUPERVALU company.
Keith has more than 30 years of experience with some of America’s largest corporations, including Pitney-Bowes, Ameritech, Convergys, AT&T and IBM. The Executive 50 Organization named Keith CEO of the Year in 2010; the National Urban League honored him as a Man of Distinction and Diversity MBA Magazine chose him as one of the Top 50 under 50 African-American MBA corporate executives. Both Savoy and Black Enterprise magazines have named Keith one of the Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America.

His book, “Good Is Not Enough,” offers guidance for minorities wanting to move beyond middle management. Keith is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional organization of the top 250 African American senior corporate executives in the nation, and a board member of the National Black MBA Association. He regularly serves as a career coach and speaker on topics related to mentoring and leadership.

JILL PAICE — Class of 2002

For her exceptional musical and dramatic talents,
recognized regionally, nationally and abroad

Jill graduated with her BM in Music Theatre from BW in 2002. Starring in numerous productions while attending BW, she earned her Equity card in 2001 with her role in Gypsy at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, directed by Vicky Bussert.

After college, Jill’s career began with the national tour of Les Misérables. She then went on to create the role of Sophie in Mamma Mia in Las Vegas in 2003, followed by being selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber as one of two Americans for his London premiere of The Woman In White. Since then Jill starred in Curtains and The 39 Steps on Broadway, Gone With The Wind in London and has held numerous leads off-Broadway and regionally. Jill received Helen Hayes Award nominations, which are presented by the Washington Theatre Awards Society in Washington, D.C. for excellence in professional theater.

She has several recordings, readings and workshops to her credit. Some of her recordings include The Woman in White, Curtains, The Gig, Andrew Lloyd Webber on Broadway, and most recently Maury Yeston’s Death Takes A Holiday. Jill also has appeared on TV’s “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable” and “The Beautiful Life,” as well as two televised Tony Awards broadcasts. Last year she was fortunate to be part of an all-star cast of Company, which was performed with the New York Philharmonic and aired nationally and internationally in movie theaters.
 

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