ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 20, 2004) -- The Ohio University Alumni Association announces this year's Alumni Awardees to be honored at the Homecoming Alumni Awards Gala on Friday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The Alumni Awards Gala is the premier black-tie event for Homecoming 2004 and is open to the public. Athens alumni and community members are welcome to a pre-ceremony reception in Templeton-Blackburn's North Lobby that includes heavy hors d'oeuvres for $25 per person. Black tie or business attire is requested.
At this year's gala, the Alumni Association will be presenting the Alumna of the Year award to Joan E. Mace, BGS '78, of Fort. Meyers, Fla. The Alumna of the Year award is given to an alum who has previously received the Medal of Merit or Distinguished Service Award and has either distinguished themselves in their field or shown service and support to Ohio University. Not only is Mace an Ohio alumna, but she also is a retired professor emeritus and former chair of the Aviation Department at Ohio University.
The Medal of Merit is presented to alumni who have either achieved distinction in their field or have demonstrated loyalty and an active interest in Ohio University. This year, four outstanding Bobcats will be receiving the Medal of Merit -- Col. John Venable, BS '81, of Springfield, Va., for his service to the U.S. Air Force; Athens native Anuraj Shankar, BS '84, of Jakarta, Indonesia, for his achievement in public health; David Scholl, Ph. D '81, of Athens, Ohio, for his achievement in science; and Frank Krasovec, MBA '66, for his achievement in business.
Dr. Shankar will be presenting a seminar on Friday, Oct. 22, to the departments of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, titled "Nutritional modulation of immune function and infectious diseases."
The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Alumni Association in 1982 to recognize exceptional service on behalf of alumni chapters, clubs, constituent societies, the Alumni Association and in special instances, Ohio University and its colleges and schools. The 2004 Distinguished Service Awardees are Ron Patrick, BSEE '60, of Dallas; Joanne Utley, BSJ '79, of Huntington Station, N.Y.; George Carroll, BSCE '69, of St. Clairsville, Ohio; and Diana Walters, BFA '68, MFA '70, of Grove City, Pa.
In 1990, the Alumni Association Board of Directors established the Recent Graduate Award. This award honors recent graduates who have retained an active interest in Ohio University and who have shown through their achievements that their college educations have been a factor in the success found in their chosen careers. In 1994, the award was named in honor of Charles J. and Claire O. Ping, Ohio University's 18th president and first lady, in recognition of their years of service to Ohio University. This year's Charles J. and Claire O. Ping Recent Graduate Award will be given to Todd Calamita, BBA '93, of Charlotte, NC.
Non-alumni who have rendered valuable service to the university or the Alumni Association are elected to honorary membership. These Honorary Alumni Awards are presented to those individuals who provide exemplary service to Ohio University through careers here or through contact with our students, faculty and staff. Peggy Pruitt will be named the 2004 Honorary Alumna for her dedication to women's athletics at Ohio University.
It is impossible to honor all outstanding alumni and friends in a single year. Those who have been selected represent the many loyal alumni and friends whose achievements have won the admiration and respect of their peers and the University.
This year's Awards Gala will feature entertainment by Dwight Lennox and others performing songs from throughout the decades to symbolize Homecoming's theme, "200 Years and Still Rockin'."
For more information on the Alumni Awards Gala and Homecoming 2004, visit www.ohio.edu/homecoming/.
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