Albright College campus

Albrightians earn Alumni Association awards

Five Albright College alumni will be honored during an Alumni Weekend awards ceremony, April 20 2024, in the McMillan Center. Award recipients include: Walter Alsegg ’64 (Womelsdorf, Pa.), Tomesha Campbell ’09 (Watertown, Mass.), Sean Crossley ’11 (Collegeville, Pa.), Neil Van Dine ’88 (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Jeffrey Joyce ’83 (Marietta, Ga.).

Tomesha Campbell '09

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Tomesha Renee Campbell ’09

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes Albright College graduates, who are 35 years or younger when nominated, demonstrating outstanding professional or volunteer achievements.

Tomesha Campbell ’09, of Watertown, Mass., founder and chief education officer at Enhance Black Women’s Health, is a dynamic speaker dedicated to eradicating healthcare disparities for Black women.

After graduating from Albright College with a bachelor’s degree in crime and justice, she joined the United States Marine Corps, where she served for six years. During these years serving worldwide, her passion for social justice and health equity began to take shape. After obtaining her health certifications and her master’s degree in sustainable international development from the Heller School at Brandeis University, she began showcasing her dedication to advocacy and education in the health and wellness space. As a recognized advocate, speaker, and educator, Campbell continues to make significant strides in reshaping healthcare perspectives and championing equity.

Sean K. Crossley ’11

Mary Fry Good ’49 Service to Alma Mater Award: Sean K. Crossley ’11

This award is presented to Albright alumni for outstanding service to their alma mater.

Sean Crossley ’11, of Collegeville, Pa., is a seasoned product and project management professional within the financial services industry, specializing in technology modernization. He currently works within Vanguard’s Community Stewardship division overseeing the product development of the company’s free classroom management tool for K-12, called My Classroom Economy. This program instills basic financial responsibility and teaches the value of delayed gratification through a simulated microeconomy. Before this role, Crossley led a team responsible for infrastructure modernization for Vanguard’s advice solutions enabling best in class data systems increasing resiliencies, efficiencies and cost savings to clients.

Prior to joining Vanguard, Crossley spent eight years at SEI Investments with the majority of his tenure as a project manager in the investment management division. Through this role, he managed multiple domestic and international investment initiatives including launching and closing products, increasing operational efficiencies with external vendors and internal processing teams, and implementing regulatory and client-driven changes. While at SEI, Sean served on the company’s philanthropic/volunteer leadership team where he managed its volunteer engagement program resulting in an increase of 500 service hours from previous years.

Crossley has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, economics and finance from Albright College, an MBA from Villanova University and is certified as a professional product owner. He also holds a certificate in nonprofit board leadership from LaSalle University.

One of Crossley’s primary passions is harnessing the power of education to empower students to learn and grow. He is passionate about financial literacy and wrote his senior honors thesis about the financial literacy gap in college students and solutions that could reduce that gap. Sean also enjoys volunteering with educational nonprofits including Albright College, Alpha Sigma Phi and Hope for Kids. He recently rolled off as president of Albright’s Alumni Association Board and for the past eight years, has led a group of alumni advisors to mentor the undergraduate brotherhood of Alpha Sigma Phi at Albright. He also serves on a national advisory board for Alpha Sigma Phi focusing on alumni engagement and networking initiatives and has facilitated numerous workshops, most recently on service and philanthropy.

In 2018, Crossley was recognized as an outstanding alumnus by Albright’s Greek Life Office and in 2021, both he and his wife, Kat Crossley ’11, were honored by Albright as distinguished honorees during National Philanthropy Day. The headquarters of Alpha Sigma Phi also recognized Crossley for distinguished service to the fraternity in 2020.

Crossley credits his passion for volunteering to the values instilled in him by his parents and during his time as a Boy Scout, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Crossley is also proud to have been a Shirk Scholar at Albright, continuing Eugene Shirk’s legacy of community service, leadership, strength of character and commitment to excellence.

Walter Alsegg ’64

Distinguished Alumni Awards: Walter Alsegg ’64 and K. Neil Van Dine ’88

This award recognizes outstanding service and accomplishment in at least one of the following areas: community, state, nation, church, profession, academic and/or service organizations.

After graduating from Albright, Walter Alsegg ’64, of Womelsdorf, Pa., entered the business world, working for a local specialty paper company who produced book cover paper, gift wrap, record labels, Hershey bar labels, and other highly specialized coated papers. But Alsegg has always prioritized giving back to the community and joined his local volunteer fire company in Sinking Spring, Pa., serving with them for 20 years and receiving a great deal of satisfaction from helping his neighbors in times of need. He rose to the rank of assistant chief before retiring.

Alsegg and his former wife became involved in the Pennsylvania Junior Miss program. The state finals were held in Reading and they would host high school senior girls for the week of completion. Alsegg became president of the board of directors, and eventually led efforts to form Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Young Woman organization.

After retiring from his business career, Alsegg moved to the Jersey shore. When 9-11 occurred, he felt a strong need to contribute in some way, and joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, becoming the flotilla commander for the Ocean City, N.J., flotilla. Walt also volunteered at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, doing administrative work and training with the active-duty members. He became auxiliary operations officer for the New Jersey Shore area.

Alsegg values the many remarkable and dedicated people who have inspired him to get involved and contribute to his community over the years.

 Neil Van Dine '88

Neil Van Dine ’88, of Fort Pierce, Fla., is a dedicated advocate with over three decades of commitment to Haiti’s development. Since 1989, he has made Haiti his home, working tirelessly on the forefront of shaping the future of managed water and sanitation in developing nations. Van Dine’s ultimate goal is to ensure sustainable access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene for every household.

As a Rotarian, Van Dine is a recipient of Rotary’s prestigious Service above Self award. He served as the former president of the e-club of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and is a founding board member for the Rotary’s Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (HANWASH) initiative. He also held the position of immediate past international board chair for the WASH Rotary Action Group (WASH-RAG). He collaborates closely with fellow Rotarians to establish and implement a comprehensive set of international tools, empowering data-driven decision-making and effective work tracking for Rotary WASH initiatives worldwide.

Through his unwavering commitment and extensive involvement, Van Dine continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of water and sanitation, making a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals in Haiti and beyond.

Cynthia and Jeffrey Joyce '83

Jacob Albright Award: Jeffrey Joyce ’83

The Jacob Albright Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an Albright graduate. It is presented to alumni who have used their liberal arts education to its greatest potential, thereby making outstanding contributions to the Albright community, their profession and society.

Jeffrey Joyce ’83, of Marietta, Ga., has been an active private equity investor for over 200 private and public companies since 1994. These companies engaged in a wide array of industries including food production and manufacturing, professional sports, ski and golf resorts, real estate development, logistics and a large, nationwide automotive dealership group. Joyce has been an officer and/or director of each of these companies responsible for acquisition negotiation and due diligence, structuring senior debt and mezzanine financing and working with management teams on strategy development and implementation. During much of this time (1988-2012), Joyce was an officer of Booth Creek Management (a private company owned by George N. Gillett, Jr.) and its predecessors.

Prior to 1988, Joyce worked as a commercial banker in Texas focused on large multinational lending and relationship management. He graduated from Albright College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management with an MBA degree concentrated on finance and accounting in 1985.

Joyce was on Albright College’s Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2019 where he was board chair for the last six years of his service. He was elected trustee emeritus in June 2020. In addition, Joyce previously served on the Alumni Board of Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Business.

In 2011, he and his wife, Cynthia, formed the Joyce Family Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) private charitable organization. The foundation gives to organizations who: care for the underprivileged, provide family welfare services, improve education at all levels, foster religion and religious freedom, support medical and scientific research related to disease and sustain a vibrant art community.

Albright has been among of the Joyce Family Foundation’s most significant beneficiaries since 2011 with multiple gifts made to the Fund for Albright, the Library Renovation Project, funding for upgrading of Roessner Hall and its Global Media Lounge, start-up capital and salaries for the e-sports program, funding for upgraded technology in South Lounge and establishment the Joyce Family Innovation Fellowship. Finally, in its most recent exciting initiative, the Joyce Family Foundation created a Challenge Fund to provide matching funds and start-up funds available for 20 of the Inaugural Endowed Advancing Lives Scholarships to aid in the retention of students of academic promise. All 20 scholarship matches were quickly established, and, as a result, others have been inspired to join the program with their own independent Advancing Lives Scholarships.

Related News