Maroon and gold's finest: Alumni Association honors top volunteers, groups and programs Sept. 29

Annual event honors individuals and groups who devote time, energy and talent to promote the U of M across the state, nation and world

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/20/2010) —The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will honor its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups and programs Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the 2010 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 University of Minnesota community benefits in many ways from the valuable contributions and service of its dedicated alumni,” said Phil Esten, president and chief executive officer of the Alumni Association. “We are honored to annually recognize individuals who devote an incredible amount of time, energy and talent to promote the University of Minnesota across the state, nation and world, and who encourage engagement through unique and meaningful ways.”

Seven groups and four individuals will receive Alumni Association awards in recognition of outstanding service and programming during the past year. For outstanding overall programming, the Outstanding Alumni Society award goes to the School of Nursing Alumni Society and the Outstanding Alumni Chapter award goes to the Washington, D.C. Chapter.

Receiving Program Extraordinaire awards for outstanding and creative, innovative and engaging activities are the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni Society; the College of Science and Engineering Alumni Society; the School of Dentistry Alumni Society; the West Central Lakes Chapter; and the Dakota County Chapter.

The Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year award goes to Stephen Schondelmeyer, professor of Pharmaceutical Economics in the College of Pharmacy. Student Volunteer of the Year awards will go to Amie Jo Digatono from the College of Pharmacy; Anna Michael from the College of Veterinary Medicine; and Jeff Remakel from the School of Dentistry.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is a membership organization that has advocated for the university’s important work for more than a century. By joining the Alumni Association, alumni become ambassadors for the university. For more information, go to or call 800-862-5867.


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