In October three CLA alumni received the prestigious Alumni Service Award from the University of Minnesota for their long-time service and legacy of volunteerism. The awards were presented at a celebration hosted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
Paul Meierant (B.A. 1994)
A graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, Paul Meierant has been a dedicated volunteer for both the college's Alumni Society board, and the Alumni Association.
Recognizing how his own liberal arts background taught him to think across disciplines to find innovative solutions, Meierant has become a champion for career services for students. In addition to serving as the president of the CLA Alumni Society, he has participated in many student recruitment and mentoring activities, and has guided several career development initiatives for undergraduates.
For the broader University, Meierant has been a driving force behind the Alumni Association' efforts to engage recent graduates, and its initiatives with Target Corporation to build community among University and other Big 10 alumni, and to recruit them as mentors. In doing so, he has given countless students a broad view of their education and the opportunities available to them for work and service.
Stephen Litton (B.A. 1965; B.S. with Distinction, 1965; D.D.S. 1967; Ph.D. 1972)
An alumnus with four degrees from the College of Liberal Arts, the Graduate School, and the School of Dentistry, Stephen Litton continues to demonstrate why he was the Alumni Association's 2006 Volunteer of the Year.
Despite a busy orthodontic practice and service in his professional community, Litton has served two terms on the Alumni Association's National Board, founded and continues to coordinate the Orthodontic Alumni Association, and is now president of the School of Dentistry Alumni Society.
He has been a driving force on two major campaigns, giving dental students one of the world's premier clinical laboratories; and created the Orthodontic Residents Endowment Fund to give students the opportunity to travel and interact with future colleagues.
Most importantly, Litton has passed along his own generosity and enthusiasm to hundreds of alumni, encouraging them to reconnect with the University for the benefit of the student experience.
A graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, and founder and president of the LaSalle Group, which helped to develop many campus building projects, Thomas LaSalle has long had an impact on the University's physical presence.
Moreover, the care and commitment he exhibited when guiding development of McNamara Alumni Center, the Gateway Plaza, and the Alumni Wall of Honor led him to nurture the University's alumni spirit as well.
Since first being elected as an at-large representative to the Alumni Association; through his service as treasurer, chair of the finance committee, vice president, president-elect, and national president; and beyond in helping to make TCF Bank Stadium a reality, LaSalle has worked tirelessly to encourage fellow alumni to share their talents and join him in being ambassadors for the University of Minnesota, its students, and its mission of education, research, and outreach.