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CEDAR CREST COLLEGE ANNOUNCES HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS AND SPEAKERS FOR 135TH COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Allentown, PA (May 3, 2005) Cedar Crest College announced today the honorary degree recipients and speakers that will be featured at its 135th Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. The two honorees, Alice Anne Miller of Emmaus and Roland Sigal of Allentown, are both Lehigh Valley leaders and Life Trustees of the College who have made substantial contributions to the College and community. Both will address the graduates. The College’s recently appointed Provost, Dr. Carol A. Pulham of Allentown, will also give remarks.
Alice Anne Miller, daughter of former Morning Call Publisher, Donald P. Miller, is being awarded an honorary doctor of public service. As a Trustee — now Life Trustee — and officer of the Board she has provided a spirit of engagement and a strong vision for humanity and for women’s place in society. Miller first joined the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees in 1983 and was elected Vice Chair in 1991. She chaired the Development committee and served on the Executive committee for more than a decade. As chair of the board’s development committee she led the way to a 95 percent increase in Trustee giving in just one year. Over the years, she also provided scholarship support to many students who wanted to receive a Cedar Crest College education. Miller received the 1994 Cedar Crest College Associates Award for outstanding service to Cedar Crest.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke and the Moravian Theological Seminary, Miller comes from a long line of distinguished Cedar Crest women and from a family which has long championed Cedar Crest College. Her mother, Marjorie Wright Miller ’30, served on the College’s board of trustees for many years, and as a published poet, has the “Poet’s Corner” named after her in Cedar Crest College’s Cressman Library. Her grandmother Ada V. Wright received a Cedar Crest Honorary Doctor of Science in Education from Cedar Crest in 1958. Miller’s father, Donald P. Miller, former publisher of “The Morning Call” was a strong supporter of Cedar Crest and also received an honorary doctorate in 1968. Her brother Edward Miller also served as a College Trustee. The Associates of Cedar Crest College also honored her sister, Joan Miller Moran, in 1999 for her service to the College and community.
As President of the Century Fund, Miller has displayed tremendous generosity to the Lehigh Valley community — which brought her recognition— along with the Century Fund — when she was named by the Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley as a 2000 Distinguished Partner. With her family, she received awards from National Society of Fund-Raising Executives and was recognized for her support of the arts community with an Arts Ovation Award from the Allentown Arts Commission. Many local organizations have benefited from her generosity including the Moravian Theological Seminary, KidsPeace, Moravian Academy, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Phoebe Ministries, The Nineteenth Street Theatre, The Wildlands Conservancy, and The Allentown Art Museum among others.
Miller contributed to build the pavilion at the Northwestern Lehigh Park in 1987 and with her family, donated an 11-acre tract on South Mountain to the Wildlands Conservancy that was dedicated as the William and Virginia Reimert Memorial Bird Haven in memory of the former president and executive editor of the Call-Chronicle Newspapers and his wife.
Over the years Miller has been extremely active in the community. She founded the Unity Church of the Lehigh Valley, served on many boards including the Allentown Art Museum and the former Pennsylvania Stage Company, and was an original member of the planning committee to establish a Lehigh County Task Force for Women.
Most impressively, her compassion and influence has crossed borders. Miller has traveled the world — working with Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity and assisting in impoverished communities in Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Calcutta and Jamaica.
Roland Sigal also will receive an honorary doctor of public service.
Sigal joined the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees in 1979 and has served as chair of the building and grounds committee; as well as a member of the audit, executive, finance and real estate committees. As a Trustee he has often advised the Board and the President on critical strategic issues. With his wife, Doris, he has been a great supporter of the College’s business program and in 1993 took on an even greater role — establishing The Roland & Doris Sigal Center for the Advancement of Business and Technology on campus.
The reach of his influence and service extends beyond Cedar Crest. Sigal has served on the National Council of the American Jewish Committee; was the Finance Chairman for the Lehigh County Republican Committee and was the former chair of Lehigh Valley Association of Retarded Citizens (now known as Via of the Lehigh Valley), where he also served as president. He served on the National Board for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and as honorary chair of the parent board of Sacred Heart Hospital. He also co-established the Sacred Heart Foundation.
Sigal has been a generous and thoughtful leader not only with Cedar Crest but also with many not-for-profit organizations in the Lehigh Valley. With his wife, he received the Outstanding Philanthropists Award from the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Society for Fundraising Executives
Sigal served as co-chair of Sacred Heart Hospital's Emergency Department Capital Campaign and developed the Sigal Center for Family Medicine at the hospital. He worked with education pioneer, Ed Donley on Donley Children's Campus Campaign for Community Services for Children. Sigal was a supporter of Temple Beth-El, Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Federation, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley Alexis de Tocqueville Society, and the Allentown Art Museum. A charter member of the Zoellner Arts Center, he has also supported Lehigh University where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics. He also earned his master’s in retailing from New York University.
It is in retail, Sigal found great business success. Sigal was the CEO and founder of Apparel Affiliates — for many years the parent company of some of the most popular women’s clothing’s stores in the Lehigh Valley and beyond with names like Ladybug and Corner House. Under his leadership, the chain grew to 87 stores operating in 12 states at the time of its sale in 1986. In the early stages of his career, he found success with some of the biggest names in retailing — like the May Company and Saks Fifth Avenue.
He continues to support business growth in the Lehigh Valley. In the 1990s he helped to establish the Hamilton Business Center — also known as the Technology Enterprise Center — a 120,000-sqare-foot facility that "helps businesses grow." He also co-founded Datacap Systems — manufacturers of electronic point-of-sale devices — cash registers — and other communications interfaces.
Sigal also served his country — enlisting in the Navy V-12 program in 1942 and retiring in1970 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Dr. Carol Pulham was appointed provost earlier this year. Dr. Pulham has an extensive history as an administrator and professor at area colleges. She joined the Cedar Crest College faculty in 1983. Prior to that, Pulham was an instructor and lecturer in English at DeSales University (formerly Allentown College), Lehigh University and Northampton County Area Community College. At Cedar Crest she has served as an instructor and was Assistant Professor of English from 1986 until 1992 when she was named Associate Professor of English. Since that time she has held numerous positions including Director of Academic Advising, Chair of English Department, Chair of the Humanities Department and Co-Chair of the Middle States Self-Study.
Dr. Pulham received her B.A. in English and music from Cedar Crest, ranking first in her class. She also obtained certification to teach English secondary education. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Lehigh University. Pulham comes from a family of educators. Her mother, brother and sister are all teachers and her father was the first teacher of the legal research course in the paralegal program at Cedar Crest.
For more information, contact the College Relations Office at Cedar Crest College, 610-740-3790.