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2019 Alumni Awards


Join us in congratulating the following distinguished members of Bancroft's community on their selection as the Bancroft Alumni Award Recipients for 2019.  Each year the Alumni Council confers Alumni Awards to deserving recipients who are selected based on a detailed criteria.

Phoebe E. Barnard ’79: Esther Forbes (1907) Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement
Alycia Piontkowski Eldridge ’99: Young Alumni Achievement Award
(Select Award title below to read about these recipients)

Esther Forbes Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement: Phoebe E. Barnard ’79

From her time at Bancroft, Phoebe developed the confidence to pursue big-picture initiatives broader than pure science. Today, she works in conservation and global change science, and has shaped global public policy and taught in Africa, Europe, and North America. Her past roles include spearheading Namibia’s national biodiversity program from 1994-2003, and leading climate change and bioadaptation science and environmental futures work at the South African National Biodiversity Institute from 2003-2016. Her work in Namibia won a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, placing her among such recipients as David Attenborough and Al Gore. She was recently executive director of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute and now chief science and policy officer at the Conservation Biology Institute, affiliate full professor at University of Washington, and research associate of University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative. Phoebe holds a Ph.D. in Animal Ecology from Uppsala University, Sweden.

The Esther Forbes (1907) Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement will be presented to Phoebe E. Barnard ’79 on May 4, 2019, as part of the Reunion 2019 celebration.

The Esther Forbes (1907) Award may be presented annually at Reunion to an alumna or alumnus for distinguished achievement in one's professional life.

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Alycia Piontkowski Eldridge ’99

Since 2006, Alycia has dedicated her passion for prosecution to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockingham County in Virginia. Promoted to Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2014, she specializes in sex crimes, particularly those against children. Her services include helping coordinate the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), a collaborative effort to address juvenile sex crimes, and serving as a faculty member with the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council, an umbrella agency for Virginia prosecutors. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at James Madison University since 2009. Last year, she received the Virginia S. Duvall Distinguished Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Prosecutor Award for her tireless service to the JDR court, the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council, her fellow prosecutors, and the legal community at large. Alycia holds a Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award will be awarded to Alycia Piontkowski ’99 on May 4, 2019, as part of the Reunion 2019 celebration.

This award may be presented annually to a young alumnus/a in recognition of outstanding achievement. The purpose and origin of this award is to recognize and encourage distinguished achievement in the School's younger alumni body.

Each year the Alumni Council confers awards for achievement.

Recipients are selected on the basis of the specified criteria. Anyone interested in nominating a candidate for one of these awards for next year's Reunion should read the descriptions as they appear here, and then either send nominations to alumni@bancroftschool.org or call (508) 853-2640 ext 298 with suggestions. Nominations now accepted for 2020


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