Interior designer Laura Bohn and Bruce M. Newman, former antiques dealer and Trustee Emeritus—both Pratt Institute alumni—were bestowed Alumni Achievement Awards last week at a luncheon in New York City.
The Distingiushed Career Award was bestowed upon Bohn for her aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skill and technical expertise.
Laura Bohn Accepting her Distinguished Career Award from Pratt Institute
"It's my pleasure to be included among such an amazingly talented and creative group of people," said Bohn. "I'm thrilled by the work and accomplishments of my fellow Pratt graduates, and enjoyed their personal and heartfelt acceptance speeches."
The Distinguished Service Award was given to Newman for his professional activity, philanthropic support and service to the Institute. A Trustee Emeritus, he is responsible for initiating and supporting a multi-year campus beautification project, which has included brick-paved pathways and landscaping projects.
Bruce Newman and Pratt Institute President Thomas F. Schutte
"There is nothing more rewarding than having the opportunity to give back to Pratt for the outstanding education and confidence that they gave me in helping me go forward in my career," said Newman.
Each year, the awards recognize outstanding graduates who have distinguished themselves in their fields, who have earned a high degree of respect among their colleagues and in the general community, and whose impact has been felt on a regional, national, or international level. The award winners were chosen by a committee of similarly accomplished professionals—most past Alumni Achievement Award honorees—who reviewed all nominations received.
Guests of Pratt's Alumni Achievement Award Luncheon held at a private club in Manhattan
“This is an excellent opportunity to not only honor esteemed alumni, but highlight important role models for our current students,” said Michael Sclafani, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
2014 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients: Albert Konetzni Jr. (accepting on behalf of his father, Albert Konetzni), Adam Selman, Jennifer Wen Ma, Laura Bohn, Goulda Downer, Bruce M. Newman
Other awards given out at the luncheon included the Community Commitment Award, presented to Goulda Downer (B.S. Nutrition & Dietetics ’84); the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Albert Konetzni (Certified Illustrator ’35); the Early Career Award, presented to Adam Selman (B.F.A. Fashion Design ’04); and the International Career Award, presented to Jennifer Wen Ma (M.F.A. Fine Arts’99).
Photo Credit: Margarita Corporan