Alumnus Bob Lambert honored
On March 8, the Los Angeles Alumni Association Chapter presented its Alumni Achievement Award to Robert Lambert (electrical engineering '79). Lambert currently serves as corporate senior vice president, New Technology & New Media, for The Walt Disney Company. His group is responsible for identifying and developing new technologies and business opportunities that will impact the Disney organization in the years ahead, and integrating these new media initiatives into company strategies and practices. The chapter presents the award annually to recognize career achievement.
With a background in engineering, theatre arts, and business administration, Lambert holds a number of patents in various technical areas. His group also received an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the development of new digital film production techniques at Disney.
Staff appointmentsTom Tillar, vice president for alumni relations announces two new staff appointments. Andy Hall (finance '90; M.B.A. '92) joined the staff as associate director of alumni relations. His primary responsibilities include oversight of affinity programs to generate royalty revenue in support of alumni programs, providing administrative support to more than 20 alumni chapters, and coordinating and planning a class reunion each fall. A Georgia native, Hall worked as an administrative and financial services associate before coming to alumni relations. Prior to returning to Blacksburg, he and his wife, Machelle, lived in Atlanta, where Hall worked for MATRIX Resources, Inc. Tysus Jackson was named director of development for multicultural affairs, a joint appointment with university development, alumni relations, and multicultural affairs. While her primary role will be creating development opportunities for multicultural programs, Jackson will also focus on building relationships with minority alumni to increase their involvement and participation with Tech. Jackson received her B.A. from Saint Mary's College and her master's degree in public administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Alumni officers and board members for 2003-04New Alumni Association President Paul M. Saunders (agricultural engineering '54), President-Elect Kimble "Jay" Reynolds Jr. (marketing '88; M.S. health and physical education '95), and Vice President James E. Smith (chemistry '66) have begun one-year terms. Saunders is owner of Saunders Brothers Inc., an orchard and nursery in Piney River, Va., Reynolds, who received a J.D. from Washington and Lee University, practices law in Martinsville, Va. Smith is a consultant for E.I. DuPont in Wilmington, Del., from which he is retired.
Also re-elected to the board's executive committee are Patsy Brown Beuttel (English '74) and Scott Cappiello (computer engineering '94). Newly elected board members for three-year terms are Thomas Carter (mechanical engineering '81), Drew Lichtenberger (finance '00), James Mahon (management '73; M.A. student personnel services '75), and Ann Spencer (accounting '76; MBA '84).
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