Young Alumni Awards 2013

Brent A.R. Hege '98

Brent is an Instructor of Philosophy and Religion at Butler University. After majoring in History and Religion at Gettysburg - with a Classics minor - he earned his Master of Arts in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and his Doctor of Philosophy from the Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia.

He has written numerous academic articles and a book entitled Faith at the Intersection of History and Experience: The Theology of Georg Wobbermin, which is the first study in English of the theology of the German Lutheran theologian, Georg Wobbermin. His outstanding teaching has been recognized by students and faculty members through five Butler University teaching awards in the past three years, and he was recently named director of the Butler Summer Religion Institute. Brent resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and serves as a board member for the Indianapolis Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry.

Joseph R. Tucker '03

Joe is a Visiting Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. He graduated with a major in History and received his Master of Arts in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

He began working at the National Endowment for Democracy in 2004. In 2008 he became an assistant program officer for Africa (Sudan) in Joba, South Sudan with the International Republican Institute. He later worked with the U.S. Department of State on the staff of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, and was appointed Negotiations Team Leader in 2011, leading negotiations following South Sudan’s independence. Joe’s work has also earned three prestigious awards from the U. S. Department of State, including the Superior Honor Award in 2013. He lives in Washington, D.C. and is currently serving in a four-month position at the National Endowment for Democracy, where he is studying the history of political parties in South Sudan.

Kelly Keegan Blavatt '03

Kelly has remained an engaged and dedicated part of the campus community since her graduation in 2003. She was part of the initial BOLD Council executive team, helping steer that organization on the path to the success it enjoys today. Additionally, she has been an active member of KARE, the Baltimore Alumni Club, the Cupola Society, and the Blavatt Lecture Series Committee, in addition to serving as the Young Alumni Chair for the Gettysburg Fund.

After graduating from Gettysburg with majors in political science and sociology, she earned her doctor of laws degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and has worked in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office since 2005. She and her husband, Jeffrey Blavatt ’88, live in Reisterstown, Maryland.

Cassandra Pickens Jewell '04

Cassie has served as a devoted volunteer for Gettysburg College since her time as an extremely engaged student, where her activities ranged from Student Senate to Alpha Phi Omega. She was the inaugural chair of the BOLD Council, investing the time, energy and talent to help develop that group into the highly functioning board it is today. In addition, she was the co-chair of her class’s 5th Reunion Committee, and currently serves as the president of the Central New Jersey Alumni Club.

As a political science major, Cassie graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After Gettysburg, she received her master’s degree in educational policy from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked for Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. since 2007. Jewell lives in Lawrence, New Jersey, with her husband Michael.

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