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Marie Stevens earns life service STAR Award

May 23, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Marie L. Stevens, dean emerita of students at Western Michigan University, received the top honor at the 2006 Sharing Time and Resources Awards program, sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Gazette. Stevens, now 80, won the Irving S. Gilmore Lifetime Achievement Award.

Earlier this month, Stevens also was honored as one of five Women of Achievement at the annual YWCA of Kalamazoo program recognizing outstanding women in the community.

Stevens was recognized with a STAR Award for her extensive volunteer work, long service in a variety of leadership positions with the Kalamazoo and national YWCA boards, and exceptional contributions to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, where she served as board chair at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Stevens joined the WMU staff in 1957 as assistant dean of women and retired as dean of students in 1987. She was appointed dean of students in 1968 and was the first woman to hold that post at WMU. A native of Los Angeles, she earned a bachelor's degree from Mills College and a master's degree from Syracuse University. Prior to coming to WMU, she served on the staff at Northern Illinois University.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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