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From left: Thomas Lewis, SPA/BS ‘75; Robert Cerasoli, SPA/BA '69; Miss D.C. Jen Corey, CAS/BA '09; SOC/BA ‘03; AU President Neil Kerwin; and Brian Keane, SPA-SOC/BA ‘89.

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The following three American University alumni will be honored with awards on Saturday, October 23 of All-American Weekend at the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception.

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2010 American University Alumni Achievement Award -- James M. Brady, SOC/BA '89

Jim Brady Shapes the Future of Online Journalism

SOC alum '89 Jim Brady

From executive editor of to founder of new local news site,, Alumni Achievement Award winner Jim Brady, SOC/BA '89, is changing the face of online journalism.

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The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional accomplishments. 

Jim Brady is president of Digital Strategy for Allbritton Communication, the parent company of Politico.  He assumed this position in October 2009 and is overseeing the conception, development, and launch of, a new local news site for the Washington region.  Previously, he served as consulting editor with The Guardian and as the executive editor of  Mr. Brady has a background in print journalism, having served as Washington sports correspondent for UPI and sportswriter for The Washington Post.  He held executive director and editorial positions at AOL, and was an editor during the original launch of  Mr. Brady has continued to be involved at AU as an SOC Alumni Ambassador, mentor, and guest lecturer.

2010 American University Alumni Recognition Award -- Richard A. Hocker, KSB/BS '68, KSB/MBA '70

Richard Hocker Helps Students Succeed

Richard Hocker.

2010 Alumni Recognition Award recipient, Richard A. Hocker, KSB/BS '68, KSB/MBA '70, believes in the power of education to change lives.

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The Alumni Recognition Award recognizes alumni who inspire the world around them through service to the community or a philanthropic mission.

Richard A. Hocker is founder and chief investment officer of PENN Capital Management Company of Cherry Hill, NJ.  He has over 30 years of institutional investment experience with PENN and Delaware Investment Advisors (DIA), where he served as partner.  He has also served as chairman of the board of Covenant Bank for Savings, a state-chartered bank in Haddonfield, NJ.  Prior to AU, he attended Valley Forge Military Academy, where he is a member of the board of trustees.  Countless AU students have benefitted from internships and site visits at PENN Capital, as well as Mr. Hocker's generous contributions to the Kogod School of Business.  His extensive philanthropy with the Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation and the Valley Forge Military Academy and College further illustrates his commitment to education and students in need of a better future.

2009 American University Alumni Achievement Award -- Robert Cerasoli, SPA/BA '69

Kevin Malecek Makes Public Service a Way of Life

Rising Star Award winner Kevin Malecek, SPA-CAS/BA '01, SPA/MA '02, embodies "Ideas in Action, Action into Service" in Cleveland community.

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The Rising Star Award recognizes young alumni (those who received their undergraduate degree within the last 10 years) who are already making significant contributions to greater society through professional and/or philanthropic work.

Kevin Malecek is the director of the Part-Time MBA Program at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management and president of the Willoughby Hills City Council.  He has served as Willoughby Hills Councilman since 2004, and has also served as president and vice president of the Lake Geauga Young Democrats, vice chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party, and was the Lake County Coordinator for the Strickland-Fisher campaign.  he regularly volunteers with the Lake County United Way Project, Project HOPE for the Homeless, and the Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church.  Since graduating from AU, Mr. Malecek has stayed engaged with the university through his class reunions and School of Public Affairs programming.

Previous Alumni Award Winners


rising star award

Lindsay Webster, SOC/BA '03

recognition award

Thomas Lewis, SPA/BS '75

Achievement Award

Robert Cerasoli, SPA/BA '69