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April 18, 2006

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and the George Washington Alumni Association are pleased to announce five GW alumni as the recipients of the 46th annual Alumni Service Awards. The five winners will accept their awards at a special reception on Wednesday, June 7, following the alumni association's annual open meeting. Given each spring, the award has been conferred on a broad range of alumni noted for their involvement in the improvement of the University.

Recipients of the 2006 award are:

W. Scott Amey, M.S. '75, founder and former executive vice president and chief operating officer of RS Information Systems, Inc. (RSIS). RSIS has 1,750 employees and annual revenues in excess of $365 million. Since September 2004, Amey has served as the volunteer director of the GW's School of Engineering and Applied Science Career Services Office, spending three days a week at Tompkins Hall. In this capacity, Amey has identified 120 summer internship opportunities and 80 part- and full-time opportunities for engineering undergraduates and graduates, resulting in the placement of more than 75 students in positions around the country. Additionally, Amey has conducted one-on-one career counseling sessions with more than 60 students, served as a class speaker, and presented at several School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Teas. For the past four years, Amey has served on the school's National Advisory Council and is a leading voice in the council. A frequent donor, last year he sponsored the "Scott Amey Challenge," in which he matched all $1,000 gifts to the SEAS Dean's Excellence Fund up to $50,000. Additionally, he and his wife, Debbie, recently committed $150,000 for the school's Building Fund and Dean's Fund.

Robert G. Efrus, B.A. '80, M.P.A. '82, is the vice president of The Implementation Group, a D.C.-based consulting firm that assists companies in capturing contracts from the federal government. Efrus began his service to the University while attending GW as an undergraduate, serving as co-chair of the Political Affairs Committee of GW's Program Board. From 1998-2001, he served as president of the GW School of Business's Alumni Association. As president, Efrus presided over numerous CEO of the Year luncheons at GW's School of Business and helped to create the Fowler Graduate Career Center. Efrus served as president of the George Washington Alumni Association in the 2003-2004 academic year. In 2005, he co-chaired his 25th class reunion, the first class-specific reunion to be held in nearly a decade. In 2006, Efrus received the Distinguished Alumni Award from GW's School of Public Policy and Public Administration. 

Jeffrey A. Flaks, M.H.S. '96, is executive vice president and chief operating officer for MidState Medical Center in central Connecticut. Committed to GW and to volunteerism, Flaks served as president of the Health Services Management and Policy Student Association in his final year at GW. Following graduation, Flaks chaired the 40th- anniversary celebration of the Health Services Administration program in 1999, and was instrumental in its success. In 2000, he volunteered as the regional director of the New York region's chapter of the Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Association.  Flaks has been a member of the association since 1996, serving as the chair of the awards nomination committee in 2004 and as chairman in 2005. During his time with the association, he has helped to establish a vibrant student-alumni network for the program, enhance fundraising opportunities, assist in recruitment of students, and encourage alumni to return to the school to teach and mentor students.

Stuart S. Kassan, M.D. '72, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, is an internationally known expert in the treatment of Sjogren's Syndrome, a complex rheumatic disease that typically affects multiple areas of the body. An avid supporter of GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he is a founding member and the president of the Medical Alumni Association's National Council and the organization's representative to the George Washington Alumni Association. A co-organizer of the 30th reunion of the class of 1972, Kassan committed a significant gift to the school in honor of his reunion, and encouraged his classmates to give as well. The class raised $10,000 and named a conference room in The George Washington University Hospital. GW is a family affair for Kassan - his father graduated from the School of Medicine in 1936 and his daughter and son currently are undergraduates at GW.

Camille A. Stillwell, M.A. '93, Ed.D. '99, is the national scholarships coordinator at the University of Maryland College Park. An active volunteer, Stillwell served as president of the Higher Education Administration Association as a GW student. While attaining her Ed.D. and following graduation, Stillwell volunteered for GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development Alumni Association, serving as secretary, vice president for programs, president, and immediate past-president. During her presidency, Stillwell sat on the school, community, and alumni affairs committee; helped select alumni award recipients and a student speaker for the school's graduation celebration; and was instrumental in the success of the school's 100th anniversary convocation. Stillwell also was the acting program chair for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development's 30th annual New Directions Conference in 2005. In addition, Stillwell has been a member of the George Washington Alumni Association's board since 2000 and served on its programming, awards, and education committees.

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