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Alum of the Month: Marilyn Allen

Jul 8, 2018

Marilyn Allen, who received the Konneker Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication to Ohio University, has been named July Alum of the Month. A 1958 graduate, she received the award from the OHIO Alumni Association during the annual Celebration of Volunteerism Awards Ceremony in May.

“Marilyn has been a tireless volunteer on behalf of the Central Ohio Chapter and The Patton College,” said Ron Teplitzky, chair of the Alumni Association Board. “She has been engaged with OHIO’s alumni chapters and societies since graduating from OHIO 60 years ago.”

Marilyn Allen Award

The award is named after Dr. Wilfred R. Konneker, a revered OHIO alumnus and the only person to be named a Lifetime Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation. In 1980, Konneker and his wife, Ann Lee, made a generous donation to the University, enabling the purchase of Konneker Alumni Center. Konneker passed away in 2016, but his legacy lives on in a number of programs, facilities, and special awards across the University.

Allen, who serves on the Dean’s Circle of Engagement (DCE), is the third recipient of this award, which was instituted in 2015.

“The Konneker Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an OHIO graduate to recognize his or her extraordinary efforts to promote OHIO and to connect alumni to their alma mater,” said Teplitzky. “Across six decades, Marilyn has held numerous leadership positions and has mentored countless students.”

The Alumni Association presents awards to alumni who have performed noteworthy volunteer work on behalf of OHIO at state, national, and global levels. In 2009, Allen received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award.