On March 31, 2011, the College honored 20 alumni who have made remarkable contributions or attained significant achievements in their fields.
Back row, L to R: Wayne A. Pederson, Ronald "Ron" J. Leaf, Linda R. Finley, Dr. Lance R. Wilson, Hon. William J. Garvelink, Michael J. Phillips, James "Jim" W. Burke, Jr., William "Billy" J. Golfus, Priscilla Williams, Wendy Williams Blackshaw
Front row, L to R: Robert "Bob" E. Engstrom, Dr. Joe W. Trotter, Judith McCartin Scheide, John Risdall, Gail E. Marks-Jarvis, Roberta J. Berner, Marianna Muellerleile, Kimberly "Kim" L. Olson
Not pictured, Eileen M. Lach and Raymond J. Tarleton
The CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement (ANA) program was created in 1994 as part of CLA's 125th anniversary to celebrate and honor the significant achievements and contributions of college alumni. All ANA honorees have been nominated by CLA alumni, faculty, and staff.
Of the College's 120,000 living graduates, approximately 1,300 have been selected as recipients. By honoring its alumni, CLA recognizes and celebrates not only their singular accomplishments but also the collective depth and breadth of their interests, talents, career paths and achievements in all sectors of society.
See a list of all CLA Alumni of Notable Achievment.
- Roberta J. Berner (M.A. '77, American studies), dedicated non-profit leader and advocate for senior citizens
- Wendy Williams Blackshaw (B.A. '82, speech communication), esteemed Twin Cities marketing and public relations leader
- James "Jim" W. Burke, Jr. (B.A. '82, speech communication), successful film and television producer
- Robert E. Engstrom (B.A. '55, interdepartmental), nationally recognized leader in sustainable residential development
- Linda R. Finley (B.A. '83, speech communication), skilled expert in organizational leadership and governance
- Hon. William J. Garvelink (M.A. '74, history), career diplomat and U.S. Ambassador
- William "Billy" J. Golfus (A.L.A. '68; B.A. '71, humanities; M.A. '89, speech communication), esteemed journalist, filmmaker, and nationally recognized advocate for disabled individuals
- Ronald "Ron" J. Leaf (B.S. '81, economics), innovative investor and leader in the Midwestern venture capital sector
- Gail E. Marks-Jarvis (B.A. '73, journalism), venerated journalist, author, and nationally recognized expert on economics and personal finance
- Eileen M. Lach (B.A. '77, international relations), respected attorney in the fields of international corporate and commercial law
- Marianne Muellerleile (M.F.A. '79, theatre arts), accomplished character actress of stage, television, and film
- Kimberly L. Olson (B.A., '88, journalism), veteran public relations professional and corporate executive
- Wayne A. Pederson (Bachelor '69, psychology), successful broadcasting leader and media ministry expert
- Michael J. Phillips (B.A. '84, theatre arts and journalism), nationally respected theater, arts, and film journalist
- John Risdall (B.A. '68, speech communication and humanities), exemplar of advertising, public relations, and corporate and community leadership
- Judith "Judy" McCartin-Scheide (M.A. '62, English), respected development professional and civic volunteer
- Raymond J. Tarleton (B.A. '48, chemistry; M.A. '52, mass communication), outstanding leader in the fields of plant chemistry and communications
- Joe W. Trotter, Jr. (M.A. '78, history; Ph.D. '80, history), distinguished scholar in urban, labor, and African American history and champion of public history
- Priscilla Williams (Bachelor '71, child psychology), successful entrepreneur and Twin Cities child care industry leader
- Lance R. Wilson (M.A. '72, sociology; Ph.D. '74, sociology), respected information technology executive