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U of M Alumni Association honors top volunteers, groups and programs

September 27, 2012

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will honor its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups and programs Thursday, Oct. 11 at the 2012 Alumni Awards Celebration in the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. The event begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and program

“The entire University of Minnesota community benefits in many ways from the valuable contributions of our dedicated alumni,” said Phil Esten, president and chief executive officer of the Alumni Association. “We are honored to recognize a new group of passionate individuals each year who devote their time and talent to promote the university.”

Five individuals and seven groups will receive Alumni Association awards in recognition of contributing to the mission of the association by connecting alumni, students and friends in support of the University during the past year. The awards celebration is held as part of the Homecoming 2012 festivities.

The Alumni Association’s awards are as follows:

The Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year
Louis Quast, College of Education and Human Development

Student Volunteer of the Year
Prescott Morrill, College of Design
Luke Nichols, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Advocate of the Year
Chris Tastad, College of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Alumni Society
College of Design Alumni Society

Outstanding Alumni Chapter
Washington, D.C. Chapter

Program Extraordinaire awards for creative, innovative and engaging activities go to: the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni Society; the School of Nursing Alumni Society; the College of Pharmacy Alumni Society; the College of Science and Engineering Alumni Society and the Arizona West Valley Chapter.

In addition, 15 individuals will receive the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award, recognizing alumni volunteers who have had a significant impact on the university; its schools, colleges, departments, or faculty; or to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association or any of its constituent groups.

The Alumni Service Award winners include:

Roberta J. Anderson, School of Dentistry
Ann Carlson Birt, College of Design
Robert A. Bjork, Carlson School of Management
James L. Chosy, Law School
June LaValleur, Medical School
Marie Manthey, School of Nursing
Padraic S. McGuire, College of Science and Engineering
John Mendesh, College of Science and Engineering
Jan Anderson Meyer, College of Liberal Arts
Carol Mulligan, College of Education and Human Development
Rusty Nelson, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Robert K. Schultz, College of Pharmacy
Katherine Siggerud, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Ertugrul Tuzcu, University of Minnesota Alumni Association
David E. Walstad, Carlson School of Management

To read more about each of the winners, visit www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/2012ASA.

About the University of Minnesota Alumni Association
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is a nearly 60,000-member organization that fosters a lifelong spirit of belonging and pride by connecting alumni, students and friends to the University of Minnesota and each other. The Alumni Association advocates for the university and its alumni with a credible, independent and collaborative voice. For more information, visit www.MinnesotaAlumni.org or call (612) 624-2323.

 

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