Alumni Association Announces Award Winners
At the alumni dinner, held during Homecoming Weekend, the Wesley Alumni Association announced the 2015 Alumni Award winners. The three alumni recognized were Colin Bonini ’92, Anne (Pittinger) Buckler ’62 and Troy Nash ’94.
The Professional Achievement Award was presented to Senator Colin Bonini to recognize his outstanding achievement in his professional field. This award honors alumni whose achievements in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to Wesley College, and real benefit to their communities.
Senator Bonini has represented the 16th Senatorial District since 1994 and is the ranking minority senator. A very active legislator, he is assigned to the Senate Banking and Business Committee, Highways and Transportation Committee, Insurance and Telecommunications Committee, and is a member of the Joint Bond Bill Committee – one of the two powerful “money” committees in the Delaware General Assembly. The Bond Committee vets approximately $450 million worth of capital projects each year and drives significant economic development in the State.
Senator Bonini is also active on numerous task forces, where his colleagues attest to his willingness to put in time researching issues. The Senator has earned the trust and loyalty of his constituents. He often runs unopposed in general elections – a sure sign that his constituency is pleased with the work he is doing on their behalf.
Anne (Pittinger) Buckler was awarded the Alumni Service Award, recognizing extended, extraordinary service to Wesley College including her service on the alumni association board of directors, and for her leadership with class reunions. While on the board, she served as the secretary of the Alumni Association and on the scholarship selection committee. She worked tirelessly on her 50th class reunion (along with other members of the reunion committee) with more than 35 classmates returning to campus to celebrate the occasion. Buckler and her husband, Lew, would often drive from their homes in Maryland or North Carolina to help with various events including Commencement, Homecoming and the consignment sale each year.
Troy Nash was honored with the Public Service Award which recognizes alumni who have fulfilled the obligations of their education through creative leadership in service that has benefitted society and reflected credit on Wesley College.
Nash is a public servant, business leader, community activist, civic leader, and role model who has had a remarkable impact on the world. For more than two decades, Nash has dedicated his considerable abilities and energies to community service. His commitment to others began in the Air Force, and continued when he returned home to Kansas City, where he worked for a number of local elected officials, including former mayor Emanuel Cleaver. He went on to hold elected office himself, as an at-large member of the Kansas City, Missouri City Council from 1999 to 2007. There, he represented an urban core district with a high level of need. Working in partnership with his constituents, he achieved significant success in bringing new economic development to low-income neighborhoods and stimulating neighborhood revitalization. One major accomplishment was paving the way for a new grocery store in the Ivanhoe neighborhood, an area previously considered a “food desert.”
Nash continues to be dedicated to the broader community. He volunteers his time and energy to countless causes, including providing leadership on the boards of a child development center, an organization promoting international peace and intercultural understanding, and a financer of low-income housing. He brings his expertise, energy, and deep passion for people to all of these roles.
Top picture: Wesley College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Chris Wood, Senator Colin Bonini and Wesley College President Robert E. Clark II
Second picture: Anne Buckler
Third picture: Troy Nash