The College of Business and Economics is proud to announce that Olivia Hodina ’15 and Kimberly Weyand ’15 have been named the Nelson Leighton Bond Memorial Prize winners this academic year. The Bond Prize is awarded annually to a select group of juniors who demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, character and leadership by the end of their sophomore year.
Olivia Hodina, from Tolland, Connecticut, is a Marketing and Supply Chain Management major with a minor in Graphic Design. Following her participation in the Lehigh in Belgium Study Abroad Program in the summer of 2013, Olivia began an internship in August with the Trademarks and Licensing division of Lehigh University Business Services, where she assists in the development of the University’s brand and visual identity, plans retail events and creates content and visuals for LU’s licensing brochure and website.
Olivia also is a founding sister and president of the Theta Zeta chapter of Kappa Delta, the newest sorority at Lehigh, captain of the Women’s Soccer Club, and the Class of 2015 Correspondent, where she oversees all aspects of communications with the class, alumni, and other university groups. She also was a member of Lehigh’s first Diversity Case Competition team this year. This summer, Olivia will be engaged in a buying internship with Ross Stores in their New York City Office.
Kimberly, from Millersville, Maryland, is an Accounting major and a member of the Lehigh varsity swim team. She is co-director of the team's Academic Leadership Program, an academic advising and mentoring program for the freshmen swimmers. Additionally, she was awarded the 2013 Lehigh University Scholar Athlete Award for her achievements both in the pool and the classroom.
In the summer of 2013, Kimberly participated in a Lehigh-led Serve Abroad program in Antigua, West Indies, where she assisted teachers in the local schools and participated in numerous community service projects. She also has been involved in Reading Rocks and Adopt a Family, two programs run by the Student Athlete Council. This summer, Kimberly will participate in the Lehigh in Prague program and intern at PwC's Prague office for one month. She will then intern for PwC in their Philadelphia office when she returns.
“We are very proud of what Kimberly and Olivia have accomplished at Lehigh,” said Katrina Zalatan, Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs. “As Bond Prize winners, they are will no doubt continue the wonderful legacy of leadership that the Bond Family celebrates through this award.”
The Nelson Leighton Bond Memorial combines the generosity of several generations of the Bond family – Nelson L. “Pete” Bond, Jr. ’57, Sally L. Bond ’82, Trevor Bond ’83, and Dr. Laura (Rothfeld) Bond ’83 – to create a unique legacy at Lehigh University. Nelson Leighton Bond started the family legacy in 1926 as the first member to graduate from Lehigh University. He earned a degree in business administration. He was also a member of the Sigma Phi fraternity, manager of the football team, junior class vice president, and president of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. After graduating, Nelson joined McGraw-Hill, selling advertising for Business Week and other publications. He eventually rose to president of McGraw-Hill International and executive vice president of McGraw-Hill Publishing. The Nelson Leighton Bond Memorial Prize was established in his honor in 1974 by his widow, Dorothy Minsch Bond, and their son, Nelson L. Bond, Jr. The first award recipient was recognized in 1978.
“Commitment to higher education and scholarship are at the root of what keeps Lehigh a premier research university and competitive in a global market,” the Bonds noted in a recent communication. “We hope that the winners use the prize resources to assist in their educational needs and help shape a better Lehigh–and ultimately a better world.”
Jim Santanasto and Katrina Zalatan