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Honorees' achievements shine light on their CAS education

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​Recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award are (clockwise from top left) Drew Fennell, Jeremie Axe, Robert Wagner and Karl Lieberman.

The University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has honored four accomplished graduates with its annual Alumni Achievement Award, recognizing a diverse array of professional success and public service.

The honorees represent class years from 1972 to 2004 and have excelled in careers focused on creativity, scientific research, medicine and the law. The recipients were selected for the award in 2020, but restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic delayed the formal announcement until this month.

“These outstanding alumni reflect the remarkable talents, achievements and successes that we find across the College of Arts and Sciences,” said John A. Pelesko, dean of the College. “Their exceptional contributions to their professions, their communities, the College and the University advance our mission and inspire us all. They are among the best of the best, and we are proud to honor them.”

The honorees have all remained engaged with the College in a variety of ways, including speaking to classes about their own career paths, supporting student scholarships and other initiatives, serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council and mentoring undergraduates.

Recipients of the 2020 Alumni Achievement Awards are:

Jeremie Axe ’04, of Middletown, Delaware, an orthopedic surgeon and partner with First State Orthopedics, who writes frequently in peer-reviewed publications and medical book chapters. Read more about JeremieAxe.

Drew Fennell ’85, of Wilmington, Delaware, an attorney with extensive experience in public policy, now chief communications and experience officer with ChristianaCare Health System. Read more about Drew Fennell.

Karl Lieberman ’99, of Brooklyn, New York, partner and executive creative director of Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency, many of whose campaigns have impacted popular culture. Read more about Karl Lieberman.

Robert Wagner ’72, of Carr, Colorado, a pioneering DNA researcher, president and CEO of the Gene Check biotechnology firm and the owner and operator of a sheep and cattle ranch. Read more about Robert Wagner.

Article by Ann Manser

Published June 1, 2021

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