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Keystone Alumni Association Bestows Awards

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Posted: 10/25/2013

Alumni Awards

La Plume - Keystone College honored three of its most distinguished alumni during Homecoming Weekend festivities on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Awards were presented to: Mikal Belicove ’86, Keystonian of the Year; Jim Davis ’79, Distinguished Service to Keystone; and Maggie Calpin Hemak ’09, Young Alumni of the Year.

“We are honored to present these awards to three graduates who have distinguished themselves through their professional achievements and their tremendous dedication to Keystone College. They represent the best of Keystone in so many ways,” said Keystone President Dr. David Coppola.

Mr. Belicove is a magazine columnist, author, and blogger who writes about entrepreneurship, marketing, business planning, corporate communications, emerging technologies, legal issues and more. The third edition of his latest co-authored book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook, was published last fall.

In addition to writing for Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes.com, Today’s Campus magazine and NewHope360.com, he serves on SXSW’s Accelerator Advisory Board, and often freelances at the intersection of high-tech and integrated marketing communications, where he develops and manages handcrafted marketing communications campaigns while guiding businesses in their efforts to leverage media in support of their goals and objectives. A member of Keystone’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Belicove resides in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, please visit his website

Mr. Davis is treasurer and producer at DGK Insurance & Financial Services, Factoryville, Pa. After graduating from Keystone with an associate degree, he continued his education at Elizabethtown College, receiving a bachelor’s of science degree in

1981. He received the 2009 Small Business Spotlight award from The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

A long-time Keystone supporter, Mr. Davis serves on the President’s Advisory Council. A resident of Factoryville, he has chaired several Keystone Annual Fund Campaigns and has volunteered for the Keystone Open Golf Tournament for more than 10 years.   

Ms. Calpin Hemak is the owner of Nibbles & Bits gourmet gift basket and specialty food store, 1427 Ash Street, Scranton, Pa., and has opened a second location in Peckville, Pa. She founded her business not long after graduating from Keystone College in 2009. Nibbles & Bits quickly gained a reputation for excellence and extraordinary customer satisfaction.

As a result of her success, Ms. Calpin Hemak has received numerous awards including the 2012 Solopreneur of the Year SAGE Award, 2012 Eastern Pennsylvania Young Entrepreneur of the Year through the Small Business Administration, and 2010 Young Entrepreneur of the Year SAGE Award.

A resident of Jessup, Pa., she is very active with community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Scranton. She speaks to local youth groups and high school students, encouraging them to pursue their dreams. 

Photo Caption: Keystone College presented alumni awards during Homecoming Weekend on October 19. From left: Rick Kirijan ’66, Keystone Alumni Association president; Mikal Belicove ’86, Keystonian of the Year; Maggie Calpin Hemak ’09, Young Alumni of the Year; Jim Davis ’79, Distinguished Service to Keystone; Delia Coppola and Keystone President Dr. David L. Coppola. 

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