Hanover Alumni Achievement and Distiguished Young Alumni award winners

Four Hanoverians will be honored with the College’s highest alumni awards during a special Homecoming ceremony next fall. Geoff Lorenz ’65 and Dr. Curtis Stine ’71 will be presented with the Alumni Achievement Award. Benjamin Gunning ’08 and Brianna Harlan ’15 have been selected to receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center.

The awards, presented annually since 1960, recognize graduates who have enhanced the reputation of the College by making significant contributions to their community, state or nation through professional service, public service and/or civic activities.

For more than 50 years, Lorenz served as an executive with the Lorenz Corporation, an award-winning family-owned publishing company for choral composers, elementary music educators and church musicians.

During his tenure, Lorenz trademarked Heritage Music Press to create one of the country’s leading educational publishers, negotiated distribution agreements, led an expansion into the general education market and played an active role in the growth of Christian Copyright Licensing International.

Lorenz served four terms as president of the Church Music Publishers Association and was the first recipient of the Retail Print Music Dealers Association Industry Award for Service, Leadership and Teamwork. He is a trustee emeritus of Hanover’s board and currently serves as a board member for United Theological Seminary.

Lorenz and his wife, Niel, live in Dayton, Ohio. The couple has three sons and three grandchildren.

Stine, who resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., retired as professor emeritus from the Florida State University College of Medicine in 2017. While active, he directed the third- and fourth-year medical student curriculum, participated on numerous institutional committees and treated patients at the student health center and a community health center.

He attended the Indiana University School of Medicine from 1971-75. He completed his board-eligible residency training at the E. W. Sparrow Family Medicine Residency in 1978.

Stine is currently involved with the American Academy of Family Physicians and Florida Academy of Family Physicians. He has earned emeritus status as a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

He and his wife, Judy, are the parents of two daughters, Elizabeth and Anna. The couple has seven grandchildren.

Gunning has more than 15 years experience through executive roles in nonprofit management, philanthropy and partnerships.

He currently serves as a growth lead at Propelland, a San Francisco-based global strategy, design and engineering consultancy. Prior to joining Propelland’s staff earlier this year, he spent three years as senior operations manager for Cooper Professional Education. He previously served as director of development at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and graduate division, development director at Milwaukee Film, and assistant director of annual and special giving at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Gunning has served on numerous non-profit boards, including statewide LGBT advocacy groups, community foundations and educational institutions. Currently, he is a board member and treasurer for the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif.

He and his partner, Allan, live in Oakland, Calif.

Harlan is a multiform artist, speaker, community organizer and strategist. She collaborates nationally with nonprofits, institutions and community groups to explore how sociopolitical identity affects health, individuality and community. Her work has been featured in “ARTnews” and published internationally.

In 2020, Harlan helped create “She Ascends,” an augmented-reality monument for Breonna Taylor, and made her New York gallery debut with the solo exhibition, “Black Love Blooms: New York Nook.” In 2018, she was commissioned to create an installation for the Center for Interfaith Relations’ Festival of Faiths. That year, she was a recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women’s Firestarter Award.

Harlan, a Louisville, Ky., native, completed a Master of Fine Arts in art and social action at Queens College, City University of New York. She continues to serve the university’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Incubator.

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