2017 Chemung County Chamber Awards

December 05 2017
Category: Alumni

The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards breakfast on Tuesday, December 5, and three of this year’s recipients have close ties to Elmira College.

Athena Award

Clare Cantrill van den Blink ’96 (above) was awarded the 2017 ATHENA® Award for her professional excellence and community service and actively assisting women realize their full leadership potential. Clare received a bachelor of arts in economics and a master of science in adult education from Elmira College. She has served as an adjunct faculty member and IT consultant to the College. Clare is a member of the Elmira Chapter of the Alumni Association and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. 

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Bagetis Miller ’05 was the first-ever recipient of the Trailblazer Award for her efforts in going above and beyond to affect positive change in the community. Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from Elmira College in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in international studies. She was active in Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha, women’s tennis, and Student Alumni Council, and continues as a member of the Elmira Chapter of the Alumni Association. Jennifer is married to Josh Miller, a 2002 Elmira College graduate.

Mike Wayne

Michael Wayne was awarded the Mary E. Kennedy Community Builder Award for his contributions to an enhanced quality of life for the greater Elmira community. Mike is a long-time supporter of the College, having served on the President’s Council, of which he is currently the chair, for many years. His leadership and volunteer efforts, both for the College and the broader community, are extensive and have made a lasting impact.

“It is deeply rewarding to see Clare, Jennifer and Mike all recognized today,” said Dr. Charles Lindsay, president of Elmira College. “Each is making a positive and meaningful impact on our community – an impact that ultimately supports those who live, work, and study here.”

On behalf of the entire Elmira College community, we extend our congratulations to all of the 2017 award recipients.