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ISU alumni, friends will receive top awards April 8
AMES, Iowa -- Ten individuals and a corporation will receive the top awards for Iowa State University alumni and friends during a public ceremony Friday, April 8. The Distinguished Awards Ceremony will feature the presentation of several university awards, given through both the ISU Alumni Association and the ISU Foundation.
The Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented to four alumni who are nationally and internationally recognized for contributions to their professions or life's work. Honorees are:
The Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award will be presented to three individuals who have significantly contributed to Iowa State. Honorees are:
The Order of the Knoll Campanile Award will be presented to Murray and Ruth Harpole, St. Paul, Minn., for service and generosity that advanced the excellence of Iowa State. Murray Harpole founded Pentair Inc., a global leader in water-handling equipment and enclosures for electrical equipment. The Harpoles have served Iowa State on various boards and through gifts that supported the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex and renovation of Coover Hall, and created a professorship in electrical and computer engineering.
The Order of the Knoll Cardinal and Gold Award will be presented to Marvin Walter, Ames, for long-term service to Iowa State and agriculture, and for bringing economic opportunity to Iowans. Walter, president of Dayton Road Development, has led development of 18 "start from scratch" business ventures, many of them managed by ISU graduates. He is past president of the ISU Alumni Association, past chairman of the Memorial Union and a founding director of the ISU Achievement Fund, a former ISU fund-raising organization.
The Order of the Knoll Corporate and Foundation Award will go to UGS, the product lifecycle management (PLM) company in Plano, Texas, for its support of educational excellence at Iowa State. In 2003, the firm gave Iowa State PLM software valued at $282 million. The software allows students to gain practical experience with the software, which enables companies to digitally manage a product's complete lifecycle.
The Distinguished Awards Ceremony will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
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ISU alumni and friends will be honored with the university's top awards during a public ceremony Friday, April 8.