NYUAA awards celebrate distinguished members of the NYU community who demonstrate extraordinary achievement and service in their professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors

NYUAA Award

New York University President Andrew Hamilton and the NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) will honor six exceptional members of the NYU community at its annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 5 at Gotham Hall in New York City. Honorees include Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (LAW ’97), Broadway producer Emanuel Azenberg (ARTS ’55), chemist Neil Garg (CAS ’00), A Great Big World duo Chad King and Ian Axel (both STEINHARDT ’07), and activist and social entrepreneur Erin Schrode (CAS ’13).

“These six honorees are visionaries in their fields, leaders in their communities, and tremendous representatives of the University. We are extremely proud of all they have accomplished,” said NYUAA President Brian Levine (GSAS ’03, MED ’08).

Each year, the NYUAA invites alumni to celebrate distinguished members of the NYU community who demonstrate extraordinary achievement and service in their professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors. This year, the NYUAA is pleased to honor the following alumni for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields and society:

  • Hakeem Jeffries (LAW ’97) is Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 8th congressional district in Brooklyn and Queens. In Congress, Rep. Jeffries has emerged as a tireless advocate for social and economic justice. He has played key roles in the FIRST STEP Act for criminal justice reform, the Music Modernization Act for updated copyright law, and the Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act. He will receive the Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service.

  • Emanuel Azenberg (ARTS ’55) served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant with the 25th Infantry Division. In his more than three-decade career as a producer, Azenberg has presented more than 65 productions on Broadway, including more than 20 of Neil Simon’s plays. He continues to produce current Broadway hits such as Hamilton, The Cher Show, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and The Last Ship. He was also the original producer of Sunday in the Park with George. He will receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award.

  • Neil Garg (CAS ’00) is Faculty-in-Residence in the UCLA undergraduate community. In 2018, Garg was appointed the inaugural holder of the Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Garg’s laboratory develops synthetic strategies and methodologies that enable the synthesis of complex bioactive molecules. He will receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award.

  • Chad King and Ian Axel (both STEINHARDT '07) of the band A Great Big World met as NYU students, had their first hit in 2011 with "This Is the New Year," and later performed on Fox's Glee. Their 2013 single "Say Something," began a meteoric rise that included a Grammy award. Recently, the band released two new singles and penned a song for the legendary Andrea Bocelli. They will receive a Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

  • Erin Schrode (CAS ’13) is a leading voice on sustainability, social impact, and millennials. Since co-founding non-profit Turning Green in 2005, she’s developed eco-education platforms for millions. This bold innovator and community organizer champions civic leadership, inspiring and mobilizing people to discover and activate passion for social impact and policy change. She will receive a Distinguished Young Alumna Award.

The Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 12–2 p.m. at Gotham Hall in New York City. To attend the event, please visit the registration page.

About the NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA)
The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) is the umbrella organization for all University alumni from every NYU school. With a network of more than half-a-million NYU alumni worldwide, the mission of the NYUAA is to build and sustain a lifelong relationship between the University and its alumni through communication, programs, services, volunteering, and opportunities for lifelong learning.


 

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