1970s Milestones: Alumni Achievements

Calvin D. Hawkins (J.D. ’70) was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at Calumet College of St. Joseph during its 2019 commencement exercises. He currently serves as the presiding judge at the Lorenzo Arredondo Justice Center in East Chicago, Indiana. Alumni.

John Fleming smiling in a headshot.

John E. Fleming (M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’74) was elected chairman of the American Association for State and Local History. AASLH is the largest organization dedicated to the study and preservation of state and local history. Fleming is the first African American to head the organization’s board. Fleming is former president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Association of African American Museums.

Iris Fleming smiling in a headshot.

Iris E. Holliday (B.A. ’75) was appointed to the Virginia Humanities Board of Directors by Governor Ralph Northam. The state humanities council seeks to tell the stories of all Virginians—or, better yet, find ways for people to tell their own stories. Holliday will serve a three-year term, which can be renewed once. Her career in public relations spans more than 35 years and includes government and media relations, philanthropy and community relations and strategy and representation. 25 For FY19, there was a 25.2 percent increase in the number of undergraduate alumni donors.

Bonita C. Stewart (B.B.A. ’79) was appointed to the Pluralsight Inc. Board of Directors. Stewart currently serves as vice president of global partnerships at Google, responsible for its U.S. strategic partnerships team representing news and publishing, broadcast, media and entertainment, mobile apps, search, telecommunications and commerce. In her role as a board member, Stewart will advise and guide Pluralsight as the company continues on its growth trajectory.

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