Making the Connection: Jeffrey Benson Jr.

For this Distinguished Alumni Award winner, community is life. On any given day, Jeffrey Benson Jr. plays several roles, including father, husband, businessman, student, and community leader. But what keeps his phone ringing, he says, is being a “connector of people.” “I have the gift of wanting to help people, to see people in a better position than where they’re at,” says Benson. “I…
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COVID-19 Goodwill

It was the worst of times, and in some ways, the best of times. In late 2019, a virus that caused the coronavirus disease emerged in Wuhan, China, then spread to more than 200 countries and territories. On Feb. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially named the new…