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2018 Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Award Honorees

Distinguished Alumni Award

Louise Ada (M.A. '84) is a physiotherapist who is currently an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney. She has been a teacher and researcher in a career spanning 40 years, including having been Head of the School of Physiotherapy. Her passion is stroke rehabilitation – helping people to recover their ability to walk and use their arms and hands. Her 150 papers include many systematic reviews and randomized trials which have contributed to Clinical Practice Guidelines. She has been very involved in her profession and has received many awards. As well as inaugural chair of the International Society of Physiotherapy Journal Editors, she has contributed to numerous national and international conferences, both as a speaker and as a member of the organizational and scientific committees, including the World Confederation of Physical Therapists congress twice. She is a member of the standing committee that oversees the physiotherapyexercises.com website – a free international service for therapists, patients and their carers.  

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; the 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) is Associate Professor in Curriculum Studies in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he is also the Dean and Head of School. He is the youngest Dean in South Africa. Thabo is founder of the Community Development Association, a national organisation that undertakes youth driven outreach programmes with a focus on education. He is author of the book Hidden Sexualities of South African Teachers: Black Male Educators and Same-sex Desire. He has been listed by the Mail and Guardian Newspaper as one of South Africa’s top 200 young people, by Destiny Man magazine as one of the top 40 South African men under the age of 40 and by Africa Youth Awards as one of the top 100 Most Influential Young Africans.