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2018 Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Award Honorees

Distinguished Alumni Award

Louise Ada (M.A. '84) is a physiotherapist and currently teaches in and leads the neurology program in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Her passion for teaching is driven by a desire to produce the highest quality graduates with the end goal of improving patient outcomes, particularly for people with stroke. She is the leading physiotherapist in Australia and eighth in the world.  She has over 90 publications, her work has been cited 1,400 times and she has received $3 million in research grants. She is also the head of the World Congress of Physiotherapy.  

Sybil Jordan Hampton (Ed.D. ‘91) was a member of the second class of African American students to integrate into Little Rock Central High School in 1959. Beyond her historical significance, she has had a distinguished career in her own right. She has held leadership roles in universities in New York, Wisconsin and Texas and executive positions in two foundations of national renown: Contributions Manager, Education and Culture of the GTE Corporate Foundation in Stamford, CT; and President Emerita of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock, AR. She has received the Iona College Woman of Achievement Award, the New Rochelle, New York NAACP Education Award, Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award. She was also inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
Etta Kralovec (Ed.D. ‘87) is currently associate professor of Teacher Education and program director of the M.Ed. in Secondary Education at the University of Arizona-South. Her program has received the Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award from the University of Arizona and a Best Practices Award from the Mexican government for raising over $3 million in federal funds to prepare STEM teachers for Title One schools in Arizona border communities. In addition to many other accomplishments, Dr. Kralovec is a founding member of the International Research Consortium on Human Development at the Universidad de Guanajuato. She is also a leading voice in the US to end homework.

Gabriela Simon-Cereijido (M.S. '00) is an accomplished educator, researcher and pioneer in the field of bilingual speech pathology. Simon-Cereijido has given lectures and keynote speeches locally, nationally and internationally. She is part of an Interdisciplinary Team working on a project to improve oral health outcomes for Los Angeles children and families (the Dental Transformation Initiative, Dental Pilot Program) and is committed to the education and well-being of communities and students from all backgrounds. Her work has been published in several national and international journals and she has received many awards including the Trailblazer Award from the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University and, most recently, the Thesis Advisor Appreciation Award, Honors College, California State University, Los Angeles.

Early Career Award

Bradford Manning (M.A. ‘10) is the co-founder of Two Blind Brothers, a cause-driven fashion company on a mission to cure blindness. The company sells soft, touchable, Braille enhanced clothes for those who are sight-impaired and donates 100% of its profits to fund research to find a cure. Two Blind Brothers has been featured on ELLEN and NBC News, among other outlets. Manning, who is legally blind due to Stargardt’s disease, also sits on the Board of Directors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Prior to launching his company, he worked in investment management. 

Thabo Msibi (M.Ed. ‘08) was born in South Africa during apartheid (which ended when he was 10 years old), yet he was able to persevere and succeed. Since receiving his degree from TC’s International Education Development program as a Fulbright Scholar, he has earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in Sexuality Education supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. (He is the first TC alumnus to receive a Gates Cambridge Award.) Msibi is Dean and Head of School at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Edgewood Campus and is the youngest Dean in South Africa. He provides leadership on youth, sexuality and gender issues locally, regionally and internationally. He has received the Distinguished Teachers Award from UKZN.