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WMU Foundation honors two outstanding volunteers

October 6, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Foundation has honored two long-time volunteers for outstanding service to the University.

Gary Cramer, supervisor of the Charter Township of Kalamazoo, received the Volunteer of the Year award while Dr. Lloyd J. Schmaltz, WMU professor emeritus of geology and past chairperson of the Department of Geology, received the Bill Brown Award for Exemplary Service and Leadership.

In presenting the Volunteer of the Year award at the WMU Foundation's recent annual meeting, Keith A. Pretty, president of the foundation and WMU's vice president for external affairs, said the honor was created more than a decade ago to recognize the special service performed by fund-raising volunteers.

"Hundreds of alumni and friends dedicate thousands of volunteer hours each year in service to WMU," Pretty said. "The individuals who receive this award have performed exemplary and valued service to WMU both as fund-raisers and as leaders of fund-raising campaigns."

Cramer has worked with the Mike Gary Athletic Fund for the past 17 years, serving in leadership roles as campaign chairperson, division leader, team captain and player.

"Gary has given hundreds of hours of his time working with staff and with other volunteers as well as directly soliciting gifts himself on behalf of our Broncos," Pretty said. "He is responsible for raising more than $100,000 for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics."

Prior to being elected Kalamazoo Township supervisor in 1996, Cramer was the principal at Arcadia Elementary School in Kalamazoo from 1982 to 1995. Both he and his wife, Janice, are WMU alumni. Gary received a bachelor of science degree in 1964 and a master of arts degree in 1972. Janice received a bachelor of arts degree in 1964. The couple recently established a scholarship for students from Kalamazoo Township to attend the University.

The second WMU Foundation award presented at the organization's annual meeting was created in 1995 to recognize alumni and friends of WMU who have demonstrated exceptional depth, breadth and length of volunteer service to the University.

"It is my great personal pleasure to recognize Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz as this year's recipient of the Bill Brown award," Pretty told foundation members. "Over the years he has served the University as an employee, volunteer donor and ambassador, generously devoting his time, energy and expertise."

Schmaltz of Kalamazoo joined WMU's faculty in 1959. He was geology department chairperson from 1974 until his retirement in 1988 and has been a member of several University organizations.

Pretty said Schmaltz has made significant contributions to WMU during the last 20 years by strengthening relations with students, alumni and donors while leading raft trips down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and by playing an instrumental role in establishing student scholarships.

Schmaltz made a planned gift in 1985 that created the Lloyd J. Schmaltz Geology Scholarship Fund and spearheaded a fund-raising effort that in 1996 resulted in the creation of the Elizabeth M. Garrett Scholarship for Women in Science.

In addition, Schmaltz and his wife, Marilyn, established the Major Henry Schmaltz, USAF, Endowed Scholarship for Aviation Sciences just this year. It is named in honor of Lloyd's late brother, Sir Henry Schmaltz, who was a B-17 bomber pilot during World War II and went on to a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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