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College seeks 'Distinguished Alumnus' nominations
Posted: 2/3/2011 A Centralia College selection committee is seeking nominations from the public for the college's Distinguished Alumnus award. This prestigious award is the highest honor the college confers upon individuals who have attended the college and is presented during commencement exercises in June.

The award is given to an individual who attended Centralia College for at least one year and has made significant contributions to his or her profession or society in general.

A few of the previous winners of the honor include Brian Valentine, former senior vice president with Microsoft; Dr. Jerris Hedges, whose work was instrumental in developing the pacemaker; Del Smith, founder and owner of Evergreen International Aviation, Inc.; and Patty Morton, America’s first female U.S. State Department Special Agent. In all, 33 individuals have received the Centralia College honor; Smith and Valentine have earned National Alumni of the Year recognition.

An overview of each of the Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients is available on the college’s web site at: http://foundation.centralia.edu/distalum.html.

The selection committee depends upon members of the community to make nominations for the award, sharing information about of Centralia College alumni.

For additional information or for a nominating form, see Distinguished Alumnus Award on the foundation's Web site, or call Centralia College, 360.736.9391, extension 290. Nominations and information on how to contact a nominee may be mailed to: Julie Johnson, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia, Wash., 98531. The nomination should also include a brief statement outlining why the person should be considered for the honor.

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