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Alumni Awards April 19

Friday, April 13, 2012

Photo of Mary Weise `71

Mary Weise `71, recipient of the Service Alumni Association Award.

 Photo of Morris Kurtz Photo of Mary Weise `71 Photo of Amanda Grafstrom `04 

Four distinguished members of the St. Cloud State community will be honored 3-5 p.m. April 19.

The annual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony and Reception will be in the Theatre and Theatre Lounge of Atwood Memorial Center.

The awards spotlight alumni, employees and friends of the university who demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and character, individuals whose career and life accomplishments reflect positively on our university community.

Register for the free, public event by contacting the Alumni Relations office at alumni@stcloudstate.edu or 320-308-3177. Business attire is kindly requested. RSVP by April 13.

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus or a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp

Honorees this year are:

Limin (George) Gu `99, Shanghai, China, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Association Award, has served in many important commercial and not-for-profit positions, including learning and development leader for IBM China Global Delivery and director for the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. As a well-trained and experienced learning and development professional in both the U.S. and China, Gu has improved human performance and intercultural communication in both countries.

Morris Kurtz, St. Cloud, recipient of the University Leadership Alumni Association Award, has served the University for 28 years as the director of intercollegiate athletics. When he retires at the end of the academic year, he will leave an important legacy at St. Cloud State and throughout Central Minnesota. He established the Huskies as a competitive national force in the NCAA and helped produce the highest caliber student-athletes.

Mary Weise `71, St. Cloud, recipient of the Service Alumni Association Award, served as a professor, a certified speech-language pathologist and for 30 years was the director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Over the course of her career at St. Cloud State, Weise was a tireless advocate for people with communication disorders and was especially active with laryngectomees, people who are hard of hearing and children who are selectively mute.

Amanda Grafstrom `04, Arusha, Tanzania, recipient of the Graduate of the Last Decade Alumni Association Award, is associate legal officer for Trial Chamber III of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The ICTR was established for the prosecution of persons responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda between Jan. 1, 1994, and Dec. 31, 1994.

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