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York College presents five alumni awards during Oct. 6 Fall Fest ceremony

October 10, 2017
2017-18 Alumni Award Recipients

York College’s Alumni Relations Office presented five awards at an Oct. 6 Fall Fest ceremony. Recipients were: Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award – Cynthia (Moyer) Dotzel ’76 of York; Distinguished Recent Graduate Award – Graham Lau ’07 of Boulder, Col.; Distinguished Alumni Service Award – Melanie (Groft) Cohen ’02 of Chalfont, Pa.; Alumni Professional Excellence Award – Lawrence Raff ’88 of Verona, N.J.; and Professional Service and Leadership Award – Cynthia Crimmins of York, Director of the York College Center for Academic Innovation.

Dotzel graduated from York College in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980. She is currently the director and a practicing CPA for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP in York. Dotzel previously co-founded Dotzel & Company, Inc. CPAs in 1980, acting as secretary-treasurer and a practicing CPA through 2008. She is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations including the YMCA, the York County Heritage Trust, and the Cultural Alliance of York, serving in various board and volunteer positions. She has also served on the boards of York Federal Savings & Loan, Waypoint Bank, and the York Water Company, and currently is a board member and committee member for Codorus Valley Bancorp/PeoplesBank.

Lau graduated from York College in 2007 with an associate degree in chemistry and a bachelor's degree in biology. He then went on to earn his doctorate in geological sciences with a graduate certificate in astrobiology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2017. In 2014, he conducted the fieldwork for his Ph.D. at Borup Fiord Pass in the Canadian High Arctic and has completed other fieldwork and research in Hawaii, the Mojave Desert, Yellowstone National Park, and the American Southwest. Lau is a leader in his field as an organizer of and speaker at conferences, guest lecturer, mentor, and author. He is currently focused on science communication and public engagement with scientific research to educate the public in science literacy.

Cohen graduated from York College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and mass communications. After graduation, she began working in the Office of Alumni Relations as the assistant director, then became a major gifts officer for the College until 2007. She relocated to the Philadelphia area and worked as the director of development for the Hepatitis B Foundation, as well as the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Cohen has been a very involved alumna since graduation, serving the maximum term of 10 years on the Alumni Board of Directors, and also serving as president of the Board from 2013-15.

Raff graduated from York College in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also earned an MBA from Columbia University's Business School in 2006. He has been at KPMG in New York City since 1993, becoming a partner in 1999. Raff has over 25 years of experience in his field, focusing on how innovation and changes in market dynamics can help transform outcomes. He has significant depth and expertise in business transformation, process redesign, reactive and predictive risk analysis, and innovation-led transformations. As a student at York College, he was a member of Kappa Psi Epsilon fraternity, and as an alumnus, he has served on the York College Board of Trustees and the Center for Professional Excellence Advisory Board. 

Crimmins earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Millersville University in 1987 and a master’s degree in education from Wilkes University in 2006. She also holds several professional certifications and is a member of many professional education associations. She has served the College for 20 years, starting in 1997 as the director of the Learning Resource Center and is currently serving as both the director of the Center for Academic Innovation and as an adjunct writing instructor. She also facilitates workshops for students, faculty and staff. Crimmins was named in 2011 a Teagle Assessment Scholar, a program that develops education professionals who support liberal arts education at colleges and universities.

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