October 31, 2012

Katy Fader Lilly and Dot Sheehan Among Honorees at UNH Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony

Release Courtesy: UNH Alumni Association

DURHAM, N.H.
-- Katarina "Katy" Fader Lilly, M.D, and Dorothy "Dot" Taylor Sheehan will be honored Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, during the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association's annual Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony recognizing eight outstanding alumni who have made notable contributions to the UNH community, the state or the nation. Fader was a member of the UNH gymnastics team, while Sheehan is in her 15th year in the athletic department administration.

A member of the class of 2000, Dr. Lilly is the recipient of the Young Alumna Achievement Award. The former UNH gymnast, who returned to New Hampshire in 2007, has been an active participant in the University community. As the volunteer physician for the women's gymnastics team, Dr. Lilly attends nearly every home meet. A regular panelist for the UNH Health Professions Seminar, she also invites students interested in practicing medicine to observe at her medical practice. Her professional accomplishments include an excellence in pediatrics award, medical volunteer work in Kenya, and the establishment of healthGIVES, a "giving circle" of medical providers that supports local nonprofits; the group raised more than $40,000 its first year. It seems fitting that Dr. Lilly and her family once dressed for a fundraising event as The Incredibles, the Disney family whose mission is to do good. Already this young alum can say, mission accomplished.

A member of the Class of 1971, Sheehan is a recipient of the Profile of Service Award. The senior associate athletic director for external relations at UNH has built her career on a can-do approach to good ideas, including the highly successful Operation Hat Trick launched in 2007. Today, thanks to Sheehan, thousands of veterans have baseball hats to cover their head wounds and, as one vet told her, help them feel normal again. Proceeds of all hat sales go to support recovering veterans. The program is dedicated to Navy SEAL Nate Hardy, son of UNH professor Steve Hardy and his wife Donna, and also to Mike Koch, a fellow SEAL who was killed alongside Nate in Iraq. A small idea with a very big impact, Operation Hat Trick, which recently went national and includes more than 30 colleges and universities, celebrates the spirit of outreach that defines UNH.

Other 2012 award winners include the recipients of the Alumni Meritorious Service Award, Frank E. "Ted" Wheatley '76 of Winchester, Mass., Frederick "Fritz" Armstrong III '57 of South Wellfleet, Mass.; Cheryl Kuebler Dickson '63 of Manchester; and Deborah Narinkevicuis Overdeput '82 of Salem. The Profile of Service Award recipients are Sheehan and Valerie "Val" Wilcox England '54 of Durham. The Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement goes to Margaret-Alice "M.A." Haggart Lucas '64 of Bethesda, Md.

The awards will be presented by Alumni Association student scholarship recipients. 

"Bringing student and alumni leaders together is a special way to commemorate this occasion," says Steve Donovan, associate vice president of advancement and executive director of the Alumni Association.

The mission of the UNH Alumni Association is to advocate for the University of New Hampshire and its alumni, and promote the University's historic land-grant mission of teaching, research and public service. Through its programs and services, the Alumni Association develops a spirit of loyalty to the University, engaging and serving alumni, student, parents, faculty and staff, and the public.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,200 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students.

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