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Outstanding Alumni Honored

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
During the 2012 Homecoming Weekend, Marymount presented awards to three outstanding alumni for their accomplishments:
  • Gabe Scheinbaum ’99 – Alumni Achievement Award
  • Kimberly Patterson ’89 – Alumni Club Leadership Award
  • Julie Wilson ’01 – Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Gabe Scheinbaum
, who graduated from Marymount in 1999 with a B.A. in Communications, was presented with the University’s 2012 Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his professional accomplishments and service to his country, first in the United States Army and now as an FBI Special Agent.

While at Marymount, Gabe interned with the NBC News London Bureau, and after graduation worked for a year as an advertising account executive with CBS Radio. He then enlisted in the army and has since made a career of serving his country.

Scheinbaum served in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2007 as a counterintelligence special agent, a scout platoon leader, and a cavalry troop executive officer. The recipient of numerous military awards, he served 16 months in combat, managed supply and maintenance programs, and was responsible for company budgets. Scheinbaum was selected by unanimous choice for Officer Candidate School after less than one year of service and left the army as a Captain upon his return from Iraq.

After his Army service, Gabe worked for several years as a defense contractor, developing policies for all facets of personnel recovery within the United States Special Operations community. Gabe Scheinbaum is married, has a three-year-old son, and is expecting another child in spring 2013.

ALUMNI CLUB LEADERSHIP AWARD
Kimberly Patterson
, who graduated from Marymount in 1989 with a BBA in Finance, received the University’s 2012 Alumni Club Leadership Award. While a student, she served as a resident assistant and was the co-founder of the Black Student Alliance. At graduation, Kim received a Student Leadership Award for her service. And, as an alumna, she has maintained close ties with Marymount.

Kim Patterson is chair and founder of Marymount’s Black Alumni Network Book Scholarship. With support from the Black Alumni Network, she raises funds for the book scholarship each year. Since its creation in 2008, the Book Scholarship has raised over $13,000 and helped 26 Marymount undergraduates purchase textbooks. In 2011, Kim worked with Marymount to establish an endowment for the book scholarship fund so that it will continue to provide textbooks for students with financial need.

She went on to earn her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and has worked in the non-profit industry for over 10 years – serving as director of Development and of Corporate and Foundation Relations for The Humane Society of the United States, The Children’s Defense Fund, and the Black Student Fund. Kim is also on two condominium boards in Washington, D.C., and is a certified D.C. Tour Guide. In addition, she owns a small landscaping business that focusing on improving sidewalk boxes in downtown Washington.

OUTSTANDING RECENT GRADUATE AWARD
Julie Wilson
received Marymount’s 2012 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award in recognition of her professional accomplishments, humanitarian contributions, and community service. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice (minor in Psychology) with honors in 2001. While a student, she helped establish Marymount’s cheerleading program and has since remained closely connected with her alma mater.

In the past 11 years, Julie has pursued her passion for dance as an award-winning professional ballroom dancer, instructor and choreographer. She is the owner and co-founder of Encore Ballroom Couture, the leading ballroom dress consignment and rental company. Encore is the exclusive distributor for the distinct Randall Christensen dresses designed for Dancing with the Stars. For Marymount’s Dancing with the MU Stars competition in April 2012, Julie was the co-host and her company provided the costuming for the event. This fall she will launch a second company, The Dress Spa, an environmentally friendly cleaning service for ballroom costumes.

As America's Ms. Virginia 2011, Julie partnered with the Eye Cancer Foundation to raise awareness on prevention and early detection of the disease. She was nominated and selected for the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2012 Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. She traveled and visited with each branch of the military – riding in tanks and helicopters, rappelling and shooting weapons, visiting with service men and women and their families, interacting with high-ranking military officials, and seeing first-hand the medical needs and care of our troops returning home. While on tour, Julie was given the honorary title of two-star general and was voted the alumni president of her class. She continues to be a proud sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Julie is also a champion for the humane treatment of animals and is recognized as a Humane Hero by The Humane Society of the United States. She is an advocate for No Kill Nation, encouraging shelters to save healthy and treatable dogs and cats; promoting adoption, spaying and neutering; and lobbying for better laws to protect animals. In addition, she is active with Companions for Heroes, Dogs on Deployment, and the Puppy Rescue Mission – programs for U.S. military service men and women.

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PHOTO CAPTION - left to right: Kim Patterson, Gabe Scheinbaum, and Julie Wilson