Young Alumni Awards 2014

Jennifer M. Gillette '99

Jennifer was a successful and engaged student in and outside of the classroom at Gettysburg, earning the Senior Scholarship Award, the Dorothy Shaw Outstanding Leadership Award, the Linnaean Award, and the Keith Pappas Memorial Award.

After graduating with a B.S. in Biology in 1999, she earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado in 2004. There, she won her graduate program’s Outstanding Student Research Award, the National Osteoporosis Foundation Mazee’s Student Research Award, and the NASA Graduate Student Research Award. She next served as a postdoctoral fellow for six years at the National Institutes of Health, earning several awards for her excellence in research and training, as well as the American Society for Cell Biology Novel and Newsworthy Research Award. Jennifer has published and lectured widely, and her research has earned more than $500,000 in grant funding. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.

In addition, she has volunteered at various community organizations and mentored a number of students seeking careers in the sciences. She returned to campus to speak about her research in 2005, and in 2002 was recognized as one of Gettysburg College’s Women of Distinction.

Brendan Ripp '99

Brendan has demonstrated the value of a liberal arts & sciences degree in building a successful professional career. Since graduating in 1999 with a degree in Management and Economics, Brendan has worked at Time, Fortune, and Money—in 2009 becoming Time’s youngest publisher since its founder, Henry Luce. Brendan also helped to launch Time Warner’s first and highly successful iPad app in 2010, and was integral in expanding the organization’s presence across new digital platforms. In January 2014, Brendan accepted his current position as Publisher, Sports Illustrated,, Sports Illustrated for Kids and EVP of a new digital only sports site, 120 Sports, launching this June. This is sort of a homecoming for Brendan who was a student intern at SI during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. 
Brendan is also an exceptionally engaged Gettysburg alumnus. He currently serves on the Communications and Marketing Advisory Council and the New York Leadership Group, and has also served on his 5th Reunion Committee and the New York Alumni Club Planning Committee. Helping a new generation of Gettysburg communications professionals find their career path, he has provided mentorship, job shadowing experiences, and immersion opportunities to Gettysburg students and graduates.

Erin Hardy Burns '99

Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1999, joining a long line of Gettysburgians in her family. As a student, she played on the volleyball team and participated in the Justice and Pre-Law Society, Owl & Nightingale, and Alpha Delta Pi. Erin also served her fellow Gettysburgians as Senior Class Vice President and as an Orientation Leader.

As a Gettysburg alumna, Erin has continued to forge connections with alumni as a Class Agent, Alumni Club President, 5th and 10th Reunion Committee member, and as an Admissions volunteer (K.A.R.E.). She co-chaired her 15th Reunion Committee this year, and has been an integral member of the Central New Jersey Planning Committee since 2001, including a term as president.

Heeding the College’s call for active citizenship, Erin volunteers for the Junior League of Greater Princeton, and has received its Group Leadership Award for her contributions. Professionally, she excelled in development work in both the higher education and children’s health care non-profit arenas. 

Douglas Stuart '04

Doug majored in Biology at Gettysburg College, and was actively involved as a member of the Gettysburgian staff and was a key member of the group that helped recolonize Lambda Chi Alpha. During his senior year, he won the Linnaean Award and the Franklin Moore Award in recognition of his personal achievements and dedication to the College.

He has been intimately involved through the ‘Burgians of the Last Decade (BOLD) Council. A member of the Council since its inception in 2009, he has served as its Communications Committee Chair and – currently – as its Chair. As a result of those roles he served as an ex officio member of the Alumni Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees, respectively. His work has provided the BOLD Council with strategic direction and he has worked diligently to create new ways to engage young alumni. He has also served as a Class Agent and on his 5th and 10th Reunion Committees (chairing his 5th Reunion Committee), as an admissions volunteer (K.A.R.E.), on the Cupola Society Development Committee, and the Philadelphia Alumni Club Planning Committee.

Following his graduation in 2004, Doug earned his Masters of Sciences in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He is currently Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Haverford College.

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