2017 Alumni Award Winners
Distinguished Alumna/us Award
The Distinguished Alumna/us Award is presented to an alumna/us who has made a significant contribution to society in his or her particular career. Basis for selection includes career advancement and related service to others, significant honors in one's field, and commitment to the College.
Richard C. Seybolt, '63
Seybolt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from D&E and was active in the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. In 1963, he began a long career in the bus and motorhome business, working for major manufacturers and distributors. He has served as national sales manager for Blue Bird Wanderlodge, president and chief executive officer of Newell Coach and retired as chief executive officer of Diamond Coach Corporation in Oswego, Kan.
Through the years, Seybolt continued his commitment to D&E. An avid golfer, he provided funds to create the year-round Seybolt Indoor Golf Academy in the mezzanine of Martin Field House and chaired two successful D&E Spring Classic golf tournaments in Sebring, Fla. He was instrumental in the College’s purchase of three Senator athletic buses. Seybolt also served on the Board of Trustees from 2011-2016, including a position as vice chair and as chair of the Presidential Succession Committee.
Seybolt also has served his community as a city commissioner in Miami, Okla., a member of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Grand Lake Public Works Authority, and received a presidential appointment as federal commissioner of Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact.
Active members of the Presbyterian Church, Seybolt and his wife, Arlene, reside at Monkey Island, Okla., and Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
The Tower Award is presented to an alumna/us for outstanding commitment and service to the College and its alumni programs. This award recognizes alumni who have gone above and beyond for the College. Basis for selection includes volunteering of time, talent and/or funds in support of the numerous student and alumni programs the College offers.
Robin White Rybczynski, '86
As a student at D&E, Rybczynski was active in various organizations including Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Beta Alpha Beta honorary business fraternity, Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity, editor-in-chief of Senatus Yearbook, a member of Crossfire Christian Fellowship, Woods Orientation guide and Student Assembly.
Rybczynski’s involvement with D&E didn’t stop with graduation. She became a class agent in 1991 and since 1996 has represented D&E at local college fairs as a member of Alumni, Parents and Recruitment Team (APART). She was named the Maryland regional alumni coordinator in 1997 and has organized multiple events including parties at her home, a boat cruise around the Inner Harbor and Washington, D.C., winery, brewery and museum visits, plays and ballgames. She also has attended numerous alumni gatherings for other chapters in New Jersey and New York, Virginia, Philadelphia and Delaware. Rybczynski is a member of the Davis & Elkins College National Alumni Council.
Currently the regional patient coordinator at Vein Clinics of America in Maryland, Rybczynski has worked in various assistant and supervisory roles at health care facilities since receiving an Associate of Science degree in business administration from D&E. She resides in Nottingham, Md.
Outstanding Young Alumna/us
The Outstanding Young Alumna/us Award is presented to a young alumnus who graduated within the last 10 years and shows promise in his or her profession and loyalty and commitment to the College. Basis for selection includes professional achievements and honors, community service/service to others, and commitment to the College.
Kathryn R. Owsianiecki Hartmann, '08
As a student, Hartmann was a student ambassador and peer leader, resident assistant, secretary for Student Assembly, contributing writer for The Senator and a member of College Senate, Alpha Psi Omega and Sigma Tau Delta. She experienced the rewards of Greek life as a member of Theta Phi Alpha.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English at D&E, Hartmann went on to earn a Master of Arts in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
She is currently the associate director of fraternity and sorority life at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., where she oversees all programming sponsored by fraternity and sorority life chapters and develops learning outcomes and assessment plans for fraternity and sorority life, among other duties. At Pace University, she previously served as assistant director of Greek life.
Prior to working at Pace University, Hartmann was employed at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pa., where she was community coordinator for Greek Life and then assistant director for Leadership and New Student Programs.
Hartmann also is a volunteer coordinator for the Northeast Greek Leadership Association, national vice president, collegians, for Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity and a professional member of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors. She resides in Danbury, Conn.