Randolph College will honor the winners of its 2020 and 2021 Alumnae Achievement Awards during a virtual ceremony on June 3.
Winners include Louisa Branscomb ’71, Jennifer Sullivan Hubbard ’95, Elizabeth Owen ’91, and Katy Worrilow ’80.
The awards, presented since 1981, are given each year to alumnae who personify the value of a liberal arts education and have brought distinction to themselves and the College. Nominations for the award come from alumnae and alumni, with recipients selected by an awards committee.
The ceremony will be held virtually at 5 p.m. Register for the event at https://www.randolphcollege.edu/association/2021/01/12/06-03-2021-2021-alumnae-achievement-award-celebration.
This year, recipients come from a variety of backgrounds, from music to the healthcare industry.
Louisa Branscomb ’71
Branscomb, a musician and clinical psychologist, has long focused on using creativity and the arts to help people overcome life’s challenges. After graduating from the College in 1971, she earned a master’s in science communication from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Georgia State University. In addition to her clinical work, she founded two nonprofits
Her songwriting has also brought her national recognition, including Grammy cuts on albums by Alison Krauss and John Denver, membership in the Alabama and Atlanta music halls of fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Georgia. In 2017, the International Bluegrass Music Association awarded her its Distinguished Achievement Award
Jennifer Sullivan Hubbard ’95
Hubbard is founder of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, named in honor of her daughter, who died during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The sanctuary’s mission is to enrich lives by promoting compassion and acceptance, working to create a kinder, gentler world through programs that honor the bonds between humans and animals.
The 34-acre site currently includes community and pollinator gardens, an apiary, a pavilion, and a renovated barn, with plans for the eventual construction of a new main building and veterinary clinic. It’s also become an integral part of the Newtown community, offering programming onsite and in local schools. Hubbard wrote about her journey in the book Finding Sanctuary: How the Wild Work of Peace Restored the Heart of a Sandy Hook Mother.
Elizabeth Owen ’91
Owen’s life as a journalist has centered on educating the public on little-known parts of the world. Owen, who has a master’s degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, began her career in Moscow, where she wrote for The Moscow Tribune and The Moscow Times.
She’s also worked for TIME Magazine Online, the PBS affiliate Thirteen/WNET, and EurasiaNet.org, racking up awards along the way for her work. Currently, she is English editor for Current Time TV, a Russian language TV and digital network.
Katy Colonna Worrilow ’80
Worrilow, who studied biology and mathematics at the College, earned her doctorate in anatomy and cell physiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She’s spent most of her career as a clinical provider of in vitro fertilization, directing the IVF and andrology laboratories for several leading programs in Pennsylvania.
That work led her to start her own company, LifeAire Systems, in 2010, to address air quality issues in IVF labs. Their in-duct air purification system removes all airborne chemicals and biological pathogens, leading to improved success for IVF patients. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Worrilow created a series of new products to help those in non-healthcare settings like office spaces or airports. The technology also was used to develop a portable system to sterilize N95 masks for safe reuse.
For more about each award winner, visit https://www.randolphcollege.edu/news/2021/04/alumnae-achievement-award-winners-announced.Tags: alumnae achievement awards, events