Centenary College Honors Deborah Harry as a Distinguished Alumna
Hackettstown, NJ, October 24, 2007 – Centenary College has named six Distinguished Alumnae, among them, Deborah Harry, which was announced at the Distinguished Alumni Brunch on Sunday, October 14, 2007, as part of the Homecoming and Alumni Weekend festivities.
Deborah Ann Harry, Class of 1965, is a singer, songwriter, and actress. “Debbie” is the lead singer of the punk rock band "Blondie," named after her stage name. In 2006, Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Harry is set to embark on the “Necessary Evil Tour” kicking off in New York at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza on November 8th. Harry is promoting her sixth solo album aptly titled Necessary Evil released October 9th on Five Seven Music. Debbie’s upcoming film, Elegy, starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, is expected to be released sometime in 2007 and is based on the Phillip Roth novel, The Dying Animal.
Today Debbie is one of the faces of MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam VI campaign. The campaign donates every cent of the selling price of their iconic lipstick shades to the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Nominations were sought for the Distinguished Alumni Award honor this year as part of the celebrations commemorating Centenary College’s 140th Anniversary. Established in 1992, during Centenary College’s 125th anniversary, 125 alumni were honored; and 10 additional alumni were added to the list in 2002, in conjunction with the inauguration of Centenary College President Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt. The purpose of the award is to recognize Centenary alumni personal or professional achievement, and service to the College or the community-at-large. Nominations were reviewed by the selection committee comprised of a representative of the Alumni Association Executive Board, the President of the College, a member of the President’s Circle, and the Director for Alumni Relations.
Each nominee shares hallmark Centenary characteristics of Service, Excellence, Tradition, and Growth. For consideration of the award, they each must also have additionally exhibited personal achievement—through exceptional commitment to the community, volunteerism, and advocacy—or professional achievement by career accomplishments—substantiated by research, arts, sciences, elected positions, awards, honors, publications, or other significant achievements. Further, each nominee was also selected on the basis of leadership positions demonstrating exceptional achievement as a visionary, critical thinker, advocate, or pioneer.