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Medallion and GOLD Rising Star Honorees

Two alumni received awards over Family, Friends, and Alumni Weekend

The Lasell Medallion was established in 1968 to honor outstanding members of the college community who "by virtue of distinguished service to the College or to society at large have brought added honor to the name of Lasell." The 2017 Medallion recipient is Judith Muncaster '57.

Judith MuncasterJudith Muncaster '57 has been a member of the Lasell Board of Overseers since 2016. After a long career with United Airlines as a flight attendant and inflight services supervisor and trainer, Judy worked as a nonprofit consultant specializing in fundraising, strategic planning, and organizational development. Clients benefitting from her services included the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, La Pietra - Hawaii School for Girls, and the Hawaii Theatre. She served as Ballet Hawaii's first director of development and grants administrator for 13 years. Her investment in nonprofit and community work is unwavering, as she remains an active volunteer with organizations including the Kapiolani Women's and Pali Momi medical centers, where she initiated and found funding for a lymphedema treatment program for cancer patients. She has been recognized for her contributions with the Humanitarian Award for Community Service by both United Airlines and the Hawaii Hotels Association. Her commitment to Lasell, regardless of distance, remains an integral part of her volunteer work. She serves as a Lasell Ambassador to recruit potential students in her home state of Hawaii, and she connected The Campaign for Lasell College to a foundation that provided funding for the new Science and Technology Center's green roof. Currently, she is both mentoring and sponsoring a Hospitality and Event Management student to attend and support Ballet Hawaii's upcoming production, and recently assisted four students with an event management project. Judy is a member of Lasell's Heritage Society.

The GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Rising Star Award recognizes "achievement and significant contribution to the recipient's profession, community, or to Lasell while balancing the demands of being a recent graduate." Nominees must be under 35 years of age, maintain a connection to the college, and have a demonstrated commitment to community service and/or volunteer involvement. The 2017 Rising Star recipient is Amanda Miller McGrath '09.

Amanda Miller McGrathAmanda Miller McGrath '09 developed a robust career during her time at Lasell and has remained actively engaged with the community since graduation. At Lasell, she was an honors program student. She majored in history with a minor in psychology, all while serving as Student Government Association president for two years, captain of the women's field hockey team, orientation coordinator, and admissions tour guide. In 2017, she ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of Lasell College and raised over $5,000 for scholarships. She served as president of the Lasell College Alumni Association and now sits on the board of overseers.Since graduating, she obtained a master's degree in applied educational psychology with a concentration in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University. She currently serves as the director of Student Outreach and Support at Suffolk University, where she can apply her passion for student development theory, crisis counseling, transition and retention, and combating the stigma that accompanies mental illness in college student populations.

Do you have nominations for the 2018 Lasell Medallion and GOLD Rising Star awards? Submissions may be sent to the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@lasell.edu or (617) 243-2139. 

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