Alumni Citations & Kin Takahashi Young Alumni Award
On Friday, October 26, 2018 the Alumni Awards Ceremony was held in the Clayton Center for the Arts, Lambert Recital Hall from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Here are the recipients of the Alumni Citations and the Kin Takahashi Young Alumni Award that were honored and celebrated.
ALUMNI CITATION AWARD
Betty Hammers Wiley, Class of 1953
B.A. in Sociology
Betty Hammers Wiley ’53 was the founder and first Organizing Director of the Loudoun Valley Community Center (VA) after serving two years on the first Parks and Recreation Board. At that time, the LVCC was located in an abandoned school building. At the center, she developed a senior citizen program and an after-school program for teens. Betty has been an avid volunteer for the Girl Scouts and a volunteer for multiple organizations including the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation and others. Extremely involved in church choirs until a complete loss of hearing rendered her unable to continue, she organized grants and worked with the American Hearing Society in Washington, D.C. to start the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center in Leesburg. She founded the SelfHelp for the Hard of Hearing Chapter in Loudoun and worked on the state committee for the American Disabilities Act. Along with her husband who recently passed, she was presented the Key to the Town of Purcellville and Jan. 11, 2017 was declared as Dr. James and Mrs. Betty Wiley Day. She is an active member of the MC in DC Alumni Chapter and has taken up painting as an older adult, even having works commissioned and selling her pieces at local art shows.