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College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony set for Sept. 19

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 17, 2003) -- The College of Arts and Sciences will honor alumni and friends at the annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony on Sept. 19 at Baker University Center. The Wilfred R. and Ann Lee Konneker Award for Distinguished and Enduring Service will be awarded to Jeanette Grasselli Brown. William Byham, Bob Goldberg, and Philip Gordon will be honored as Distinguished Alumni in recognition of professional accomplishment, outstanding service to academic departments or the College or demonstrated leadership in community service. Eric Wagner, professor emeritus of sociology, will receive the Outstanding Friend of the College Award for his leadership, service and commitment to the College and University during his faculty tenure at Ohio University.

Jeanette Grasselli Brown is an extraordinary supporter of her alma mater. The Konneker award recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated remarkable achievements in their professional endeavors, community service, and a solid, selfless, unflagging dedication to the College and its students over a period of years. This is the highest award the College gives.

William Byham, is being honored for his leadership in assisting businesses reach their potential through recruiting, training and evaluating employees. He is co-founder, chairman and CEO of Development Dimensions International. For more information, see www.assessmentcenters.org/pages/byhambio.htm.

Bob Goldberg is one of the nation's best-known plant molecular biologists. His reputation in research is matched by his talent for innovative undergraduate teaching. In 2001, Goldberg was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences -- one of the highest honors that can be accorded an American scientist or engineer. In 2002, he was among 20 professors in the nation to receive a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve undergraduate teaching in the sciences. For more information, see www.hhmi.org/news/professor-goldbergb.html or www.aspb.org/hotnews/goldberg.cfm.

Philip Gordon is senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and director of the Brookings Center on the United States and France. He is a regular media commentator on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. For more information see www.brook.edu/scholars/pgordon.htm or www.brook.edu/fp/information.htm or www.brook.edu/fp/commentary/gordon/index.htm.

Eric Wagner joined Ohio University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1968. He taught nearly 16,000 students and was known for the attention and concern he gave them. Many students credit him for having played a leading role in preparing them for their successful careers.

In addition to the service willingly given to campus organizations and over 100 department, college and university committees, Wagner left his mark on University fund-raising as well. Under his leadership, faculty and staff contributed $3.6 million during the University's Third Century Campaign. He serves on the College's Campaign Advancement Committee for the Bicentennial Campaign and has made a challenge pledge to establish a professorship in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Wagner has been generous in giving to other areas of the university, including athletics and the library, and was instrumental in getting a Planned Parenthood Center in Athens.

For more information, contact Janice Roche at (740) 597-1833 or visit www.cas.ohio.edu

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