FHSU Alumni Association to honor 7 at banquet during Homecoming celebrations
Special to The Hays Daily News
Six alumni and one friend of Fort Hays State University will be honored at the alumni awards and recognition banquet Oct. 4 as part of homecoming.
Four honorees will receive the Alumni Achievement Award, the association's highest honor, established in 1959 to recognize graduates who have made outstanding and unselfish contributions in service to their community, state or nation as citizens, in chosen career fields or through philanthropic work.
This year's recipients are Van R. Hoisington, Austin, Texas; Dr. Babak Marefat, Topeka; Ella S. Rayburn, Scranton, Pa.; and Peter J. Werth, Woodbridge, Conn.
One alumnus, Dr. John P. Thyfault, Columbia, Mo., will receive the Young Alumni Award, which is granted to graduates of 10- through 15-year reunion classes to recognize those early in their career for significant business or professional accomplishments, or for service to the university and the Alumni Association.
Leo R. Lake, Salina, a retired educator and administrator, will receive the Alumni Association's Nita M. Landrum Award, which recognizes alumni or friends who have provided sustained volunteer service for the betterment of the Alumni Association or FHSU, especially in their home communities or at any local level.
Dr. Pete Vander Haeghen, Cocoa, Fla., a retired educator, administrator and private entrepreneur, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who is not an FHSU graduate but is a friend of the university who has demonstrated a continuing concern for humanity on a universal, national, state or community level; who supports spiritual, cultural and educational objectives; and who endorses and exemplifies the highest standards of character and personal attributes.
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