2018 Alumni Seal Honorees

Since 1965, the Alumni Association has paid tribute to inspiring alumni who represent the values and spirit at the core of the Oxy experience. Seal Awards are given annually in the categories of service to the community, professional achievement, service to the College, young alumni achievement, emeriti faculty and alumna/us of the year. The Alumni Seal Awards were presented to honorees during Reunion Weekend, June 22-24, 2018.

Meet this year's honorees below..You can view all past honorees here.

2018 Alumni Seal Award Honorees

Brenda Shockley '68 H'17

Prior to being named by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as deputy mayor for economic opportunity in 2016, Brenda spent almost 25 years as president of the nonprofit Community Build, where her work led to more than $100 million of investment in economic development in South Los Angeles. Brenda helped found the organization in 1992 in response to the civil unrest that year.

In honor of her decades of tireless advocacy and community development work in Los Angeles, the Occidental College Alumni Board of Governors is honored to name Brenda Shockley ’68 H’17 our 2018 Alumna of the Year.

Larry Caldwell P'90 P'98 P'14

A member of the Oxy faculty since 1967, Larry Caldwell is the Cecil H. and Louise Gamble Professor in Political Science, Politics, Emeritus. He is an expert on Soviet and post-Soviet foreign and military policies, arms control and U.S. national security policy. In addition to his work at Occidental, Professor Caldwell has applied his expertise at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the CIA, National War College, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the RAND Corporation.

In recognition of his outstanding tenure at Occidental College, the Board of Governors is pleased to present Professor Caldwell with the 2018 Faculty Emeritus Seal Award.

Shawn (Lovell) Hanson '83 P'11 P'14

Shawn is true Oxy family. Not only is she a proud alumna of the College, but so are her husband Pete Hanson ’82 P’11 P’14; her two children, Drew
Hanson ’11 and Elise Hanson ’14; and her daughter-in-law Cassie (Genter) Hanson ’12. She has served on the Alumni Board of Governors and both
her and Pete’s reunion giving and planning committees. Shawn and Pete have hosted regional alumni events and new student receptions, been leadership donors to the College and have been actively engaged in shaping its direction.

With continued appreciation for her commitment and support, the Board of Governors thanks Shawn (Lovell) Hanson ’83 P’11 P’14 with the 2018
Alumni Seal Award for Service to the College.

Raymond Ewing '57

After beating out Jack Kemp to be elected Oxy senior class president for the class of 1957, Ray went on to a distinguished 36-year career as a Foreign Service officer in the U.S. State Department, capped by ambassadorships to Cyprus and Ghana. He also served as deputy assistant secretary for European affairs and dean of the Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language Studies.

In recognition of his exemplary career as a Foreign Service officer, the Board of Governors is pleased to name Raymond Ewing ’57 a 2018 Seal Award honoree for Professional Achievement.

Elona Street-Stewart '73

In 2001, Elona became the first Native American to serve on an urban district school board in Minnesota. She was elected to multiple terms as chair of the
St. Paul Public Schools Board of Education and has led numerous minority education and anti-discrimination initiatives in Minnesota. In recognition of her work, Elona was honored with a Racial Equity Community Empowerment Award of The Summit for Courageous Conversation 2011, Pacific Education Group in 2011. She currently serves as the Synod Executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

For her tireless advocacy and steadfast leadership, the Board of Governors is honored to name Elona Street-Stewart ’73 a 2018 Alumni Seal Award recipient for Professional Achievement.

Martha Hernandez '03

A sociology and Spanish literature major at Oxy, Martha began her career in talent acquisition for community organizations such as Coro and Inner City Advisors driving Talent Management solutions. She served as a Coro adjunct trainer while being a full-time executive at Save Mart, providing young minority farm workers with the skills to strengthen their leadership and navigate a career in technology. Building on these experiences, Martha founded and is currently CEO of madeBOS, an innovative AI-driven software designed to help employees take charge of their career paths.

In tribute to her inspiring career helping others, the Board of Governors bestows upon Martha Hernandez ’03 the 2018 Alumni Seal Award for Service to the Community.

Kevin Adler '07

Kevin is the founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit organization that reunites the homeless with their loved ones through technology, storytelling and volunteering. Miracle Messages has been featured in the New York Times and People magazine and on NPR and NowThis. Kevin also has served as an ambassador of goodwill in Mexico for Rotary International.

In honor of his early achievement, and with the certainty that he has laid the groundwork for a distinguished future career, the Board of Governors presents the Erica J. Murray ’01 Young Alumni Award for Early Achievement to Kevin Adler ’07.