Alumni Honored for Achievement and Engagement

Alumni Honored for Achievement and Engagement

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Kristin Simonetti
September 30, 2014

The Washington Center community gathered on Sept. 29 to honor Patrick Ignozzi ’90, Heather Mizeur ’94 and Max Gigle ’08 – the recipients of the 2014 alumni awards.


Fellow alumni, current TWC interns and staff celebrated Ignozzi (vice president of current programming, development and syndication for Disney-ABC Television), Mizeur (Maryland State Delegate and 2014 gubernatorial candidate) and Gigle (communications director for U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop) during a breakfast ceremony at the TWC Residential and Academic Facility.


Learn more about the 2014 Alumni Award Recipients.


“Our three award winners provide the very best example and advertisement for the benefits TWC offers,” said Michelle Cooper ’94, president of the Institution for Higher Education Policy and a member of TWC’s Board of Directors. “Patrick’s Emmy award and nominations, Heather’s inspiring work on behalf of Maryland citizens and Max’s rise to the upper echelons of Congressional staff bring honor to our TWC family.”


Ignozzi, accepting the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award, reflected on his experiences in Washington as the springboard for his impressive television career. He then offered the audience some personal advice about how to achieve success without losing yourself.


“Never love something that doesn’t love you back. A job doesn’t love you back, so remember who you are and what your job means to you,” he says. “Human beings are what matter, so respect others – especially those you work with. That’s what makes you grow.”


Mizeur, who received the 2014 Alumni Engagement Award, said her mother often joked her daughter was born to be in D.C.; she just wasn’t sure how Mizeur would get there. TWC paved the way – and Mizeur hasn’t forgotten. She spoke about the great assets TWC interns have become in her office and on her 2014 gubernatorial campaign over the past several years – including one whom she hired to be her traveling chief of staff.


“Thank you for this opportunity to reconnect with my roots here and what brought me to Washington,” she said.


This year, TWC introduced the Young Alumni Award to recognize former students who graduated within the past 10 years. Gigle, who tirelessly supports TWC students and programs by sharing his expertise leveraging his connections on Capitol Hill, was a natural choice to be the award’s inaugural recipient – and he accepted the award with a dose of humility.


“It’s almost unnatural to get an award for giving back to TWC when it’s TWC that has given so much to me,” Gigle said.


After the ceremony, audience members had a chance to mingle with the award recipients as well as the several alumni leaders who took part in the event, including TWC Board of Directors member Michelle Cooper '94 and Alumni Advisory Board members Donni Turner '89, Karen Price-Ward '92 and Kinnon Williams '81.


To view photos from the event, please visit the Flickr gallery.

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