Nancy Gray Award

The award, named for Nancy Gray, former vice president for development and university relations, honors a member of the faculty or staff who exemplifies campus leadership, involvement, school pride/spirit and community service.

2010Charles McCall Tapped for 2010 Nancy Gray Award
Searching for a way to describe his role at Rider University, Dr. Charles McCall humbly invoked a comparison from the world of sports. “If this were basketball, I wouldn’t be the one scoring all the points,” said McCall, an associate professor of Economics. “But I think I would constantly be trying to get someone else the ball in a position to score.” In basketball, this mindset is the hallmark of a true team player. At Rider, it is the type of selflessness that has earned McCall the 2010 Nancy Gray Award, presented to him on Thursday, April 8, at University Day festivities.
2006Mosley Receives Nancy Gray Award
Jamiyl Mosley, area director of residence life at Rider, is this year’s recipient of the University’s prestigious Nancy Gray Award.  Mosley was presented with the award April 11 during Rider’s 12th annual University Day festivities. The award, named for Nancy Gray, former vice president for development and university relations, honors a member of the faculty or staff who exemplifies campus leadership, involvement, school pride/spirit and community service. Known as “Mr. Rider,” Mosley has worked steadfastly to enrich life at the University over the last 14 years as an undergraduate, graduate student and for the past six years as a campus administrator. Beginning his academic career at Rider in 1992 as a communication major, he was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that honors academic excellence during a student’s first year in college.
2005University Awards Abrahams Nancy Gray Honor
Dr. Frank Abrahams, chairperson of music education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, is this year's recipient of the University's prestigious Nancy Gray Award. Since joining Rider in 1992, Abrahams has made numerous contributions to the University both on and off campus. Under his leadership, Westminster has achieved national recognition among music educators and his pivotal involvement in the department of music education has contributed to the success of the program. During his tenure, the department has placed 100 percent of its graduates in this highly competitive field. Over the years, the students, who make up the largest enrollment within the College of Music, have been reportedly the most actively involved leaders of any music program in New Jersey. Abrahams has also made his mark by establishing The Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale, an auditioned chorus for talented area high school students who perform music of the Jewish tradition. Upon Abraham's recommendation, many of the compositions commissioned by the Chorale have been published by Transcontinenal Publications, the leading publisher of music for the reformed tradition of Judaism. Most of all, he is lauded by members of the Rider community for his intelligence, insight, enthusiasm, vision and humor - all qualities of the ideal leader.
2004Rider Accounting Professor Receives Nancy Gray Award
Dr. Larry Prober, associate professor of accounting, is this year’s recipient of Rider University’s prestigious Nancy Gray Award. Dr. Hope Corman, professor of economics and last year’s recipient, presented Prober with the award April 2 during Rider’s 10th annual University Day festivities. Since joining Rider in 1987, Dr. Prober has taken the lead in creating opportunities for enhanced student learning and professional preparation. By virtue of his actions, he is also a tireless contributor to school spirit and pride. One of many prime examples is his launching of Business at Rider, a quarterly electronic newsletter for the College of Business Administration (CBA). The newsletter covers area business people and showcases CBA faculty and has been enthusiastically supported by campus leadership. Another example is Dr. Prober’s coordination of Rider’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). For the past 11 years, he has made it possible for Rider accounting students to provide income tax preparation services for the local area’s lower-income taxpayers. At CBA, he has also initiated and negotiated the Wall Street Journal Partnership with Dow Jones that led to full subscriptions of the Wall Street Journal for CBA students and the establishment of the multimedia Wall Street Journal Room in Sweigart Hall. In addition, he founded the student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants at Rider and serves as one of its advisors. Due to his efforts, business students have received recognition at the regional and national levels. As faculty advisor to the Institute of Management Accountants National Video Case Competition for the past 15 years, he trains student teams for national case competitions. Over the years, Rider teams have done well competing with 30 colleges and universities across the country. They reached the final four six times and the end results were tying once for first place and finishing second five times. Dr. Prober is also faculty adviser to the Johnson and Johnson Business Case Competition teams from Rider.
2003Rider Economics Professor Receives Nancy Gray Award
Dr. Hope Corman, professor of economics, is this year’s recipient of Rider University’s prestigious Nancy Gray Award. Cassie Iacovelli, assistant dean of campus life, presented Corman with the award April 10 during Rider’s ninth annual University Day festivities. Since joining Rider in 1988, Dr. Corman has enthusiastically developed initiatives that have helped enrich the curriculum at the College of Business Administration (CBA) as well as the quality of life for others beyond Rider’s campus. She has played an instrumental role in developing the integrated science and business program at Rider’s CBA, which was launched in the fall of 2001. As part of a Harper Fellowship, she created the undergraduate health-administration minor and helped to develop the graduate health-administration concentration at Rider. Her other campus-based initiatives have included hosting a career panel geared for health administration students, coordinating the annual CBA Women’s Luncheon, and coordinating its annual Chinese New Year celebration. Corman has worked tirelessly to serve various public constituencies. “She consistently displays a high degree of energy and commitment to issues which go above and beyond the call of duty,” said Tom Kelly, associate dean of CBA. “Her passion for those with developmental disabilities, in particular, has energized students, faculty, staff and members of the local community, who have joined forces with her.” For the past two years, she has served as the coach for the Lawrence Lightning, a unified Special Olympics bowling team composed of students with developmental disabilities from the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District along with Rider University students. She helped to launch the league with the assistance of her Rider colleagues. This semester, she and her colleagues also played an instrumental role in launching the Central New Jersey Supported Employment Advisory Board, a group designed to promote employment opportunities for adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Dedicated to motivating others to also reach out to the community, Corman and several of her students have done just that. Five of them assisted her with conducting a quantitative study last spring to assess the utilization of emergency room care and the underlying socio-economic conditions and medical resources affecting pediatric asthma cases in Trenton. Their research was conducted in tandem with the Trenton Center for Campus-Community Partnerships (TCCCP). Corman is currently an advisor to the newly funded Trenton Asthma Project. She has served on the advisory board at the Early Intervention Program at Robert Wood Johnson Pediatric Rehabilitation Program in Edison, NJ, and on the Central New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium.  Corman is currently serving on the search committee charged with seeking a new academic director for Rider’s Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Teaching and Learning and director of the Science Education and Literacy Center (SELECT). In addition, she has served as chair of CBA’s Promotion and Tenure Committee.
2002Iacovelli Receives Nancy Gray Award
Cassie Iacovelli, assistant dean of campus life, is this year’s recipient of Rider University’s prestigious Nancy Gray Award. Student Government President Kelly Schrader presented Iacovelli with the award April 11 during Rider’s eighth annual University Day festivities. Joining Rider in 1980, Iacovelli has worked in Rider’s Office of Residence Life and she currently oversees the operation of the Office of Campus Activities. Due to her outstanding leadership skills, she has often been called upon to serve on many campus committees, most notably serving as adviser of the Student Government Association (SGA), chairperson for the Leadership Development Board and, most recently, as a member of the University’s Marketing Steering Committee. Iacovelli received her bachelor’s degree in science from Seton Hall University and a Master degree in education from The College of New Jersey.
2001Rev. Nancy Schluter Receives Nancy Gray Award
The Rev. Nancy Schluter, Chaplain of Rider’s Protestant campus ministry, is this year’s recipient of the University’s prestigious Nancy Gray Award. Cassie Iacovelli, assistant dean of Campus Activities, presented Schluter with the prestigious award April 12 during Rider’s seventh annual University Day festivities. Rev. Schluter has taken the lead in numerous community service initiatives. She has been a guiding force in advancing many campus traditions, which include the Graduation Breakfast, Thanksgiving Celebration, Celebration of Lights, Unity Day and Habitat for Humanity. Maintaining a close relationship with students, she serves as club adviser for Protestant Campus Ministry and ROCAS.