Five distinguished alumni were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions in their respective field of business, service to the community or service to University of Richmond.

The University of Richmond Alumni Association presented the following awards:

  • Stephen Aronson, a 1987 graduate from New York City, received a Richmond Award for Distinguished Service. Aronson, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science, currently serves as a managing director in the Global Senior Relationship Management division of Barclays Capital. Aronson’s contributions to UR include creating The Aronson Family Scholarship in honor of his mother, which is awarded to a UR international student. He has fostered a successful recruitment path for UR grads to intern and work at Barclays and volunteers as a mentor for many undergraduates. Aronson serves on UR’s Board of Trustees and the Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Committee.
  • Larry Boppe, of Charlotte, North Carolina, also received a Richmond Award for Distinguished Service. Boppe earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from UR in 1964 and is a CPA. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army until 1966 then began working in public accounting. He retired as the CEO and President of Toter Incorporated in 2005. Boppe has served as an Alumni Association Board member and has supported and engaged with UR Athletics since his graduation. Boppe and his wife attend every football game, both home and away, and most basketball games. 
  • Jaime Settle, of Williamsburg, Virginia, was recognized with the Distinguished Recent Graduate Award. The 2007 graduate, who majored in political science with a minor in biology, is an assistant professor of government at the College of William & Mary, where she directs the Social Networks and Political Psychology Lab and co-directs the Social Science Research Methods Center. She teaches courses related to American politics, political psychology, and political communication. Her research focuses on the way Americans experience politics on a daily basis, including response to disagreeable face-to-face conversations and the consequences of political interaction on social media. Her work has been published in Nature as well as top journals in political science.

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies presented the following awards:

  • Camille T.C. Hammond, a 1997 graduate from Baltimore, Maryland, received the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Alumni Award. Hammond, a doctor, serves as CEO of the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, a non-profit organization she co-founded with her husband that provides support to families with infertility. The foundation was named after Hammond’s mother, who carried the Hammonds’ triplets following years of infertility. Cade delivered her grand-triplets at 55 years old, making her the oldest woman to deliver triplets at that time. The Hammonds started the Cade Foundation to provide a vehicle through which families who had already overcome infertility could support families who were still on the infertility journey. She is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Society of Preventive Medicine and the National Medical Association.
  • Mark Hickman, a 2007 graduate from Richmond, Virginia, received the Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award. Hickman works for Commonwealth Strategy Group, a government relations firm focusing on public policy issues in Virginia. Previously, he served as the senior manager of government and community affairs at ChamberRVA, where he coordinated a multi-level campaign advocating for the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit Project—a $54 million public transportation investment connecting the Richmond region—which is expected to be completed later this year. Hickman serves on the boards of Homeward, the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the Richmond region, as well as Classical Revolution RVA, which seeks to integrate classical music into Richmond’s music scene.

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