University of Jamestown presented three alumni with the Young Alumni Medallion at Opening Convocation held Sept. 5 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center’s DeNault Auditorium.
Chris and Jacqueline (Watts) Kramlich are the first husband-wife team to receive the Young Alumni Medallion. They are both involved with Amazima Ministries International, an organization that sponsors 700 children in the village near where they live in Uganda.
Chris Kramlich, who earned a degree in religion-philosophy in 2009, trains local farmers in sustainable and profitable farming methods in his role as farm/project manager.
“Since my graduation, the appreciation for my education here has only increased,” he told the students, faculty and staff.
Jacqueline Kramlich, who earned degrees in nursing and Spanish in 2011, is medical and media coordinator, and she is tasked with arranging medical treatment plans as well as documenting the organization’s work. She has recently started an HIV and AIDS support group in the village.
“University of Jamestown is producing fruits of encouragement, enlightenment and empowerment,” she said. “To the students, with a degree from University of Jamestown, you will have the ability to change the world around you.”
JR Price, Bethesda, Md., is currently a federal tax manager with Ernst & Young. His previous accounting experience includes positions with Fannie Mae, CapitalSource Bank, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC.
He earned a degree in communication with a minor in business administration in 2005 and is pursuing a Master’s of Taxation from the University of Baltimore. He holds professional memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, North Dakota State Board of Accountancy, and Maryland Board of Public Accountancy.
“Early on in my time at Jamestown, I realized the importance of mentorship,” he said. “My professors taught me what the learning environment is really about, and they helped turn some of my weaknesses into strengths.”
Each honoree designated a mentor from the University’s faculty or staff. Chris Kramlich named Dr. Brian Lang, Professor of Religion-Philosophy; Jacqueline Kramlich named Dr. Teree Rittenbach, Professor of Nursing; Price named Polly Peterson, Vice President for Advancement and Business Affairs.
The Young Alumni Medallion is presented each year to young alumni of University of Jamestown who exemplify the characteristics of a liberal arts education while demonstrating lifelong learning, community service, and character.