Joseph P. DiGangi, who founded the Washington, D.C., off campus study program, and the late Eugene F. Murphy, who received acclaim from the French government for services to the French culture and French studies at Hobart and William Smith, will be honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award this year at the Colleges.
A panel discussion in their honor about off campus study programs, with by Marie-France Etienne, professor of modern languages, Craig Rimmerman, professor of political science, Amy Diamond Barnes '75, who studied in France with Eugene Murphy, and Ian Leopold '86, who studied in China and Washington, D.C., will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the Geneva Room on the Colleges campus. The panel discussion is free and the public is invited to attend.
Amy Diamond Barnes is the associate vice president for human resources at Colgate University. She has more than 20 years experience in higher education administration, has managed the benefit programs at Vassar College and at Franklin Pierce College, and held many positions at Barnard College, including associate director and acting director of personnel. Immediately before coming to Colgate, she was the director of human resources at New England College. Barnes received her bachelor’s degree from William Smith College in 1975 and is a graduate of the HERS Management Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. She is also a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Ian Leopold graduated from Hobart College in 1986 with a major in economics and minor in Asian studies. During his junior year, he studied off campus with the China and Washington D.C. programs. As a senior Leopold started Campus Concepts, an entertainment and media company targeting the college market, with only $48. He received his M.B.A. at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He then worked for Progressive Insurance and was a member of the Risk Management Division's Executive Committee. In 1990, Leopold returned full-time to Campus Concepts (now Campus Media Holdings). Campus Concepts has been an Inc. 500 (fastest growing private companies) and was voted by the ad industry as the most admired publisher in the college market. Leopold and his time at Hobart are chronicled in Subway founder Fred DeLuca's book on entrepreneurship “Start Small, Finish Big”.
DiGangi and Murphy's daughter Maureen DuMont will receive the award on Friday, Sept. 27, at a dinner ceremony. The Distinguished Faculty Award honors outstanding teachers at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and is presented jointly by the Hobart Alumni Association and the William Smith Alumnae Association.
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