Distinguished Alumni Award
Awarded annually to a Molloy alumnus who demonstrates the true spirit of the College mission, and whose professional career is characterized by a series of outstanding achievements.
Eugenia M. Rudmann '60 epitomizes the word "Service." She served on the Alumni Board for 10 years, mostly as treasurer. In 1980, Genie became the first full time Alumni Director for the College. In these positions, she chaired the Board of Trustee's Annual Raffle; worked on the accreditation committee, a capital campaign and drafted the survey that was used to make the case for Molloy becoming a co-ed college. She introduced Homecoming Weekend and the Phone-a-thon. Genie was one of the first Molloy College Alumnae to receive the Veritas Medal and was given a Distinguished Service Medal subse-quent to that. Since the 1970s, she has worked unfailingly on A Night of Song and intro-duced the journal concept to the event. She has held the position of off-campus coordi-nator since S. M. Leo Francis, O.P. took the reins from Mother Celeste Beck, O.P. as on-campus coordinator. Genie was largely instrumental in acquiring the life-size crèche for Molloy College which is displayed every Christmas on the front lawn.
Genie has further given of her time and talent for the Hollis Park Gardens Associa-tion where she and her family lived for over 70 years. Genie became an active member for the Association in1984 after her father's death. She served as the President from 1992-2015. Additionally, Genie's volunteerism extends to many other community-based organ-izations that have greatly benefited from her expertise. They include: Jamaica Housing, Inc.; Hollis Chamber of Commerce, Greater Jamaica Community Council; 103rd Police Pre-cinct Council; Greater Jamaica Improvement. She has spearheaded a number of civic ini-tiatives such as working with the LIRR to improve and beautify the Hollis Station, identified local leadership in the area of the Hollis Station and mentored the residents to form their own civic association. In 1996 in order to foster relationships with the Police Department and the community Genie was chosen to be in the first class of the Civilian Police Academy. She was also very involved with Community Board 12 serving on several committees: Land Use, Transportation, and Health. From 2006-07 she chaired the rezoning committee for Community Board 12, which was the largest area to be rezoned in Queens County. Genie fought for affordable housing, services, green spaces and quality of life. At the final presen-tation before the full board of Community Board 12 Genie was quoted as saying "It is against everything I stand for to ask someone to take a position before the information has been digested. It seems to me you're not giving yourself the respect due you as a citizen with a form of government that allows you to participate." In the end Genie won and the southeast Queens communities are now the beneficiary of her strong beliefs.
Over the years Genie has been recognized for her dedication and service to many organizations. In 1997 she was honored by the Jamaica Housing Improvement, Inc. for her work in fighting for affordable housing in southeast Queens. In 2001, she was chosen by Borough President of Queens, Claire Schulman, as a Women of Courage which Genie con-sidered one of her proudest moments. In 2010 Genie was inducted into the Hall of Fame by St Agnes Academic High School, College Point. Genie has worked with St. Agnes in de-veloping an "Angel Fund" for those students who without assistance could not attend St. Agnes. All during Genie's life she has been influence by the Dominican Sisters at both St. Agnes and Molloy College.
Throughout Genie's life, Molloy College remained a very special place. The Domin-ican Sisters were a part of her life since an early age. It was from them that Genie learned to formulate ideas, speak out on issues, live out her Faith, give back and never stop learn-ing. When Genie was little she attended St. Gerard's School, in Hollis. On the first day of 1st grade Genie came home at lunch time and announced that Sister did not have enough tables and chairs for all the "kids" to sit in and she was not going back to school without them. That afternoon the needed furniture was sent to Sister and Genie returned to school. Throughout Genie's life whenever she saw a need she would find a way to fill it. Most often it was quietly and anonymously. She truly believed and lived her life demon-strating "to those who are given much, much is expected." Her final gift in life was the statue of the Dominican Sisters that today sits between the two Molloy residences. A trib-ute to the Dominican Sisters she loved and a gift to the students both past and present to take time in the busy hectic world to sit and contemplate the Four Pillars of Dominican Life: Community, Service Spirituality and Study.