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Four Alumni Receive 2014 Distinguished Service Awards

2014 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDSA highlight of the 2014 Alumni Weekend, held June 20 - 22 on the campus, was the presentation on June 20 of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to four alumni in recognition of their personal and professional achievements. The award is the university’s highest alumni honor.

Sponsored by the Muskingum University Alumni Council, the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional endeavors and exemplary services to society. Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible to receive this award

Awards were granted to William F. Accorsi ’54, Laura Klema Hill ’74,  Marshall C. Phelps, Jr. ’66 and
Wiley W. Souba, Jr. ’75.

William F. Accorsi ’54

William Accorsi has enriched the lives of others around the globe through his acclaimed work as an artist and author/illustrator.  His work appears in museum exhibitions, galleries, and private collections across the United States and abroad. He is the only artist to have been awarded two solo exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY).

His extraordinary work - known for its “great sense of play” – encompasses sculpture, painting, and drawing.  His three-dimensional pieces incorporate an extensive variety of materials including wood, wire, beads, buttons, and other found objects. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network documentary, “His Own Master: The Art of William Accorsi” (Jan Cannon Films) follows Mr. Accorsi at work in his studio as he reflects on a lifetime of art-making. 

Mr. Accorsi is the author/illustrator of two monographs, Toy Sculpture and Accorsi Puzzles, and eight children’s books.  Known for their interactive puzzles and colorful tactile objects, his highly engaging children’s books have been recognized with many awards, including Parent’s Choice, and translated into multiple languages.  His works include 10 Button Book (19th printing), Ten Color Book, How Big is the Lion? My First Book of Measuring, and Apple, Apple Alligator from Workman Publishing; Friendship’s First Thanksgiving from Scholastic Inc; Short, Short, Short Stories, Billy’s Button, and Rachel Carson from Greenwillow; and My Name is Pocahontas from Holiday House.

Mr. Accorsi earned his Muskingum Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He taught for seven years before devoting his career to art and writing. A Renton, PA native, he currently resides in Woodstock, NY.

Laura Klema Hill ’74

A leading clinician, scholar, and educator, Dr. Laura Hill has dedicated her career to serving others, as a specialist in eating disorder education, prevention, treatment, and research. 

She is the founder and President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Clinical Officer of The Center for Balanced Living, a non-profit clinic in Worthington, Ohio.  She oversees the Center’s patient care offerings – ranging from a partial hospital treatment program to outpatient treatment to community support and education programs – and leads the Center’s ongoing research initiatives on integrating neurobiological research into new standards of patient and family care. She also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, in the College of Medicine of The Ohio State University. 

Dr. Hill earned her Muskingum Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, her Master of Education degree in Counseling from Wichita State University, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling from Kansas State University.   She is a Founding Member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the 2011 Recipient of the National Eating Disorder Association’s Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorder Prevention and Awareness.

She is the lead author of the Family Eating Disorder Manual (2012) and her articles regularly appear in professional journals. She has shared her work through more than 750 national and international conference presentations.  Active in her community, she has chaired the United Way’s Health Impact and Council and served on the Healthy and Fit task force.

Dr. Hill and her husband Nicholas Hill reside in Granville, OH and are the parents of Sasha Hill, a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Marshall C. Phelps, Jr. ’66

Marshall Phelps’ renowned expertise in intellectual property strategy has generated unprecedented economic development and shaped entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide.

As Corporate Vice President for Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft Corporation from 2002-2010, he led their emergence as one of the world’s largest intellectual property companies, with more than 60,000 patents, extensive copyright holdings, and numerous trademarks.  His prior 28-year career with IBM was distinguished by his role as Vice President of Intellectual Property, where he oversaw a portfolio of more than 40,000 intellectual holdings and applied his innovative licensing strategies to transform a costly overheard function into a $2 billion annual profit center. He currently serves as an Executive Consultant and as the Chief Executive Officer of Article One Partners, the world’s largest patent research community.

His critically-acclaimed book, Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft (2009) is an authoritative source on transforming corporate culture through intellectual property strategy.  He has served as a visiting professor at the business, law, and engineering schools of Cornell University, Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of California at Berkeley.  

Mr. Phelps earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Muskingum, a Master of Science degree in Advanced Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University School of Law. He received a Muskingum University Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2011.

He has received many honors and awards, including election to the inaugural class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. He is an advisor to the National Academy of Science and a member of the board of directors of multiple corporations.

Wiley W. Souba, Jr. ’75

Dr. Wiley “Chip” Souba’s career in medicine, science, and education has been distinguished by his academic excellence and educational vision.  His innovative approaches to leadership development have helped transform physician education and academic medical center administration. 

He is the Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where he also holds faculty appointments as Professor of Surgery and Professor of Business Administration in the Tuck School of Business.  Previously, he served as the Dean of Medicine at Ohio State University and on the medical school faculties at Penn State University College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Souba graduated summa cum laude from Muskingum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical School Houston, a Doctor of Science degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University.  He received a Muskingum University Doctor of Science degree in 2013.

A prolific author, he has published three books and nearly 500 scientific articles, abstracts, papers, and book chapters.  Dr. Souba has also served as Editorial Chair of the American College of Surgeons’ journal Surgery and as Co-Editor of the Journal of Surgical Research. He has received numerous honors and awards for his achievements including an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Muskingum University. 

Dr. Souba is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. He and his wife Lynne reside in Hanover, NH, and are the parents of Matthew and Julie.

IN THE PHOTO: From left to right, Marshall C. Phelps, Jr., '66, President Anne C. Steele, Wiley W. Souba, Jr. '75, Laura Klema Hill '74, Alumni Council President Jim Gray '74 and
William F. Accorsi '54