Celebrating Our 2020 Alumni Award Recipients

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:30 p.m. ET

Join host Amy Everhart Perry, ’08 to celebrate three of this year’s Distinguished and Young Alumni Award recipients: Christopher Blaker, ’14, Deanna Behring, ’85, and Craig Kirby, ’85.

Christopher Blaker, ’14

Christopher Blaker, ’14 is an American historian who works for the Department of the Navy as a scholarly book and journal editor at Marine Corps University Press. He has published a book and numerous articles in journals and magazines and gives lectures throughout the country. Chris has offered historical consultation on a Hollywood film, and was recently featured on NPR.

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Deanna Behring, ’85

Deanna Behring, ’85 currently leads and coordinates Penn State's portfolio of international research and educational programs. She has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Commerce. She is also working on her first book, a guide to help students find their way in the “passion economy.”

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Craig Kirby, ’85

Craig Kirby, ’85 is a retired political strategist whose clients have included presidents and federal legislators. His nonprofit organization—Golf. My Future. My Game.—gives youth, people of color and women a unique opportunity to strengthen problem-solving and career-development skills through mastering a challenging sport.

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To read more about Christopher, Deanna and Craig please visit our Distinguished Alumni Awards and Young Alumni Awards webpages.