U of M alums name Gov. Dayton ‘Advocate of the Year’

At next week’s University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s awards event, Gov. Mark Dayton will be honored as “Advocate of the Year.”

The group priased Dayton for his “efforts to preserve funding to the University of Minnesota and emphasize its pivotal role within the state.”

Dayton isn’t a Minnesota alum; he went to Yale.

Phil Esten, president of Alumni Association, said:

“Gov. Dayton has time and again demonstrated his passion for higher education, and he has gone above and beyond in advocating for the University of Minnesota this past year.”

The awards program is Oct. 20 at the McNamara Alumni Center. Other awards to be given:

  • Outstanding Alumni Society: College of Pharmacy Alumni Society
  • Outstanding Alumni Chapter: Arizona West Valley.
  • Program Extraordinaire awards for outstanding and creative, innovative and engaging activities: the College of Design Alumni Society; the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Society; the College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society; and the Southwest Florida Chapter.
  • Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year: Roger Caspers from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
  • Student Volunteers of the Year: Katrina Sacchetti from the College of Pharmacy and Hannah Rusch from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

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