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Nominations due for Distinguished Alumni Awards

Feb. 20, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The WMU Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2009  Distinguished Alumni Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 6.

Each year, the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee selects a maximum of three people to receive the award, which is the Alumni Association's most prestigious honor. The award may be received only once.

Those nominated must have earned at least one degree from WMU and have achieved a high level within their chosen field of endeavor, as exemplified by having attained increasingly responsible positions in their organizations.

Past recipients have made names for themselves at the local level as well as at the state, national and international levels and represent a diverse mix of scientists, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and business, civic and government leaders.

They include Richard G. Haworth, chairman of the board of Haworth Inc.; Dennis W. Archer, former mayor of Detroit; Dr. Antonio R. Flores, president and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; Marin Mazzie, multiple Tony Award-nominee; Tim Allen, movie and TV star; and James Leisenring, one of the first full-time appointees to the International Accounting Standards Board.

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations must include a completed nomination form, and a current resume or biographical sketch. Nominating letters from members of the campus community and other supporting materials are welcome.

Nomination materials may be submitted online. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, visit wmich.edu/alumni and click "Awards" or call the WMU Alumni Association at (269) 387-8777.

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

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