Stephen Farnsworth ’83, University of Mary Washington professor of political science and director of the school’s center for leadership and media studies, has earned the 2017 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia. He was also recently recognized by the national political science association Pi Sigma Alpha for his service.
Poet Jenny Land ’96 won the poetry contest sponsored by The Telegraph to honor the 90th birthday of England’s Queen Elizabeth. Land, who entered the contest while in the country during a sabbatical from her position teaching literature and creative writing at St. Johnsbury (Vermont) Academy, also recently took top honors in the Reader’s Digest Poetry Contest.
Mintz Levin litigation and pro bono partner Susan Finegan ’85 has earned a 2017 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for outstanding achievement in the workplace. Finegan oversees the firm’s 300-plus pro bono matters and has created several innovative statewide projects, including the Massachusetts Civil Appellate Pro Bono Program.
Hebrew College Rabbinical School student Jevin Eagle ’88 has been named executive director of Boston University Hillel, one of the largest private undergraduate chapters in the country. Prior to attending rabbinical school, Eagle was the CEO of DavidsTea, a partner at McKinsey & Co. and served as board chair of Dartmouth Hillel.
Bradford Drazen ’90, an anchor and reporter at NBC Connecticut, has won the 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism as part of the team working on the “Crumbling Foundations” investigative series that exposed crumbling basement walls in hundreds of homes in eastern Connecticut.
AngelList cofounder Naval Ravikant ’95 was named Angel Investor of the Year during TechCrunch’s 10th Annual Crunchies Awards in February. The Union City, California, resident has made 88 personal investments since 2007 and “is someone many in the tech community look to as a leader and go to for investment advice,” according to judges.
Caroline Boldt Pandolfino ’97 of Cos Cob, Connecticut, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Moffly Media, a publisher of community magazines. She and her husband are the cofounders of health-food eatery chain Green & Tonic.