2017 Award Winners

In addition to our 2017 CUPPIE Award winners, we are pleased to announce the winners of our other annual awards.

Communications Internship Award for Students of Color– Rachel Duong

Rachel Duong has discovered a passion for filmmaking and social issues and is determined to combine her two passions to create powerful visual messages. A sophomore at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., Rachel is a Spanish and film studies double major. She serves as president of the university’s Film Club and is a member of ALANA, a multicultural student bridge program. She is currently interning with a film studies professor, assisting him with film projects and developing social media marketing strategies while receiving further instruction in filmmaking.

Don Hale Award– Mike Bruckner

As vice president for External and Community Relations for Muhlenberg College, Mike Bruckner manages all aspects of media and community relations and supervises production of the college’s annual report and alumni magazine. A long-time member of CUPRAP, Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors, and has been a leading force as a CUPRAP officer and as a member of several CUPRAP committees. New CUPRAP members know Mike as friendly and welcoming, and he has been a mentor to several members over the years, often reaching out to them during the course of the year to see how they are doing.

Arthur V. Ciervo Award– Dr. Lex O. McMillan III

Dr. McMillan has served as the 14th president of Albright College since 2005. Under his leadership, the college has enjoyed numerous academic achievements and recognitions, facilities upgrades and fundraising successes. Dr. McMillan serves on the President’s Council and Joint Legislative Steering Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and is a member of the advisory council of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Wye Seminars. He is a former member of the boards of the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, and the United Way of Berks County.

Joseph W. Donovan Rising Star Award– Luke Fragello

Luke Fragello is the director of New Media Communication at Juniata College, where he creates all of the video content for marketing the college, including hiring, training and leading about a dozen students in creating videos. He came to Juniata in June 2014 from Mount Aloysius College where he received his undergraduate degree in business and marketing and master’s in business administration. Outside of work, Luke is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and concert-goer, and watches entirely too many cat videos on YouTube.