The College of Arts & Science Alumni Achievement Award is presented each fall during Alumni and Family Weekend to a respected and distinguished graduate of the College (or any of its predecessor academic units) who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and/or service in professional, vocational, social, or cultural endeavors and who deserves acknowledgment as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University.
CAS Alumni Achievement Award
2022 Award Recipient
Eunice S. Reddick (ARTS ’73)
Prior to her retirement from the U.S. Foreign Service, Eunice Reddick (ARTS ’73) held two ambassadorial assignments – representing the U.S. in Niger from 2014 until 2017, and in Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe from 2007 to 2010. She also served as Charge d’affaires at U.S. Embassy Bujumbura from 2019 to 2020, and U.S. Embassy Nouakchott in 2014. In the State Department, Eunice directed offices responsible for U.S. relations with East Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. She also managed U.S. assistance to African refugees and UN development agencies. Overseas, Eunice served as consular officer at U.S. Embassy Harare and covered political issues at the American Institute in Taiwan and U.S. Embassy Beijing. Eunice received the Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellowship in 1993 and spent a year as an Associate at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She promoted diplomatic and international relations careers as Diplomat-in-Residence at Howard University from 2010 to 2011. Following retirement from the Foreign Service, Reddick was the 2018-19 DACOR Lecturer at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas, and the 2022 International Law Lecturer at the Hamilton Lugar School of International and Global Studies at Indiana University. Recently, she was an instructor at the Washington International Diplomacy Academy, adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a professional skills development instructor at Howard University for the Pickering and Rangel Fellowship Programs. Eunice is a member of the board of directors of American Women for International Understanding, Helen Keller International, and Black Professionals in International Affairs. Eunice received a BA in history and literature from New York University and a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs. After completing her graduate studies, she worked for several years at the Africa-America Institute in New York and Washington DC.
Past Award Recipients
2021: Edward Lee (CAS ’95)
Chef and restaurateur, 2019 James Beard Winner
2020: Roger Ross Williams (WSC ’87)
Director, writer, and producer, Academy Award Winner
2019: Tom Kirdahy (WSC ‘85, LAW ’88)
Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer
2018: Carole Carmichael (ARTS ’72)
MLK Scholar, a writer, and journalist for the Seattle Times
2018: Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis (CAS ‘03)*
Lawyer, NYFD firefighter, NY Air National Guard helicopter pilot
2017: Sara Shepard (CAS ’99)
Author known for Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series
2016: Robert Kamen (ARTS ’69)
Screenwriter known for The Karate Kid (series), The Fifth Element Transporter (series), Taken (series), The Punisher, Lethal Weapon, Kiss of the Dragon, and Gladiator
2015: Mark Knoller (ARTS ’73)
Award-winning White House Correspondent for CBS News
2014: Stanley A. Plotkin (ARTS ’52)
American physician, developed a vaccine against rubella virus
2013: Richard J. Davidson (ARTS ’72)
Professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, founder and chair of the Center for Healthy Minds.
2012: Elizabeth M. Gilbert (WSC ’91)
Best-selling author known for Eat, Pray, Love
Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis. Submit your nominations today!