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Alumni Association honors outstanding efforts

By Laurel Pflederer, graduate assistant, Miamian

The Miami University Alumni Association honored nine individuals at its annual awards banquet Sept. 15 for exemplary service: Jim Bertz, Judith de Luce, Andrew Holzhauser, Jack Keegan, Robert Keller, Glenn Platt, Marie Ramagli-Stanton, Jayne Whitehead and Matthew Yuricich.

Jim Bertz ’56 received the Bishop Medal in recognition of his humanitarian service. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., he also partners with several volunteer organizations to perform pro bono operations overseas. Through the years, he has provided corrective surgery to more than 4,000 children in such countries as Ecuador, Colombia and Nicaragua.

Judith de Luce (classics) was named Effective Educator by the Class of 2002 for her lasting impact on students. Nominators noted de Luce’s enthusiasm for her students and her subject, her stimulating lectures and her ability to make ancient material applicable to modern life.

For exemplary service to the Alumni Association within 10 years of graduating, Andrew Holzhauser ’01 MAcc ’03 of Cincinnati received the H. Kenneth Gambee Award. He spearheaded Kappa Alpha’s 25th anniversary celebration and is working to make the Cincinnati alumni chapter a model for other chapters. A lifetime member of the Alumni Association, he also volunteers with the Alumni Admission Recruitment Network.

Jack Keegan and Jayne Whitehead both were given Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Alumni Association for “exhibiting the level of dedication to Miami that is typical of alumni.”

Keegan (botany), manager of Miami’s greenhouses, teaches a geography of wines course that he now presents, at popular request, to alumni groups across the country. He also teaches at Reunion College, participates in the Volunteer Leader’s Conference and sings with the Miami Men’s Glee Club.

Whitehead, as the vice president for university advancement, oversees the office of development, alumni relations, advancement services, the Western College Alumnae Association, and athletic fundraising. Also executive director of the Miami University Foundation, she has served Miami since 2000.

The A.K. Morris Award, which recognizes an alumnus who carries on a tradition of exceptional service to Miami’s alumni body, went to Robert Keller ’73. University architect, Keller has voluntarily taken on the role of university architectural spokesperson, enthusiastically sharing campus development plans with alumni at Reunion Weekend and Winter College.

Glenn Platt (marketing), director of Miami’s interactive media studies program, received the Dave Roberts Service Award for his service to university advancement. His senior capstone class created an interactive funding proposal tool for development officers. In addition, Platt’s appeal to Miami’s corporate volunteers has made him a fixture in development initiatives.

Marie Ramagli-Stanton ’88 of Walnut Creek, Calif., received the John E. Dolibois Award for her continuous and distinctive service to the Alumni Association. She organized the central Ohio chapter into a model for others, served as president of the Alumni Association board 2003-05, and is helping to develop the Alumni Ambassador program.

The Distinguished Achievement Medal for alumni who reach the pinnacle in their field was given to Class of 1950’s Matthew Yuricich. An artist in the film industry, he has worked on such movies as “North by Northwest,” “Ben-Hur,” “Logan’s Run,” for which he won an Oscar in 1976, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” which earned him an Oscar nomination in 1977, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Blade Runner,” “Ghostbusters,” “Field of Dreams,” and “Dances with Wolves.” Yuricich, who retired in 1991, lives in Bellingham, Wash.

Date Published: 11/30/2006
Volume: 26   Number: 10

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