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April 27, 2009 


Six GW Graduates to be Recognized for their Volunteer Efforts by President Steven Knapp and the GW Alumni Association

WASHINGTON - The George Washington Alumni Association and GW President Steven Knapp honored six recipients of the annual Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the Jane Lingo Distinguished Alumni Service Award at an April 23 ceremony.

The Distinguished Alumni Service Award is given to graduates who advance the mission of the University through dedicated volunteer efforts in support of its programs, thereby ensuring the University's impact on its community and future generations of students. The award has been presented annually since 1959.

The Jane Lingo Distinguished Alumni Service honor is being awarded for the second time in 2009. The award is presented annually to a faculty or staff member who also is a GW graduate, and who consistently advances the mission of the University through dedicated volunteer efforts in support of its programs. It commemorates the service of Jane Lingo, CCAS B.A. 46, an alumna, staff member, and friend, who was a lifelong participant in The George Washington University family until she passed away in 2007.

"Service is a hallmark of the GW student experience and of our alumni community," said Knapp. "These six outstanding alumni volunteer their time and considerable talent for the betterment of The George Washington University and are richly deserving of this award."

The 2009 Distinguished Alumni Service Award Recipients:

Rex Holloway, SPHHS M.H.S.A. '88, is a business development executive for Health Inventures, where he directs the company's Ambulatory Surgery Center and joint venture development activities in the Eastern and Southeastern regions. Holloway is currently chair of GW's Health Services Management and Leadership Alumni Association. He is a guest lecturer, conducts mock interviews for students, organizes major alumni events, and works with alumni to increase scholarship funding for current students.

Kerry Kuhn, CCAS B.A. '70, SMHS M.D. '73, G.M.E. '77, is part of four generations of GW graduates, with his youngest child now a sophomore. Kuhn maintains an OBGYN practice in Coral Springs, Fla., where he has resided for the last thirty-one years. He became a charter member of the SMHS Dean's Council in 2005 and, along with his wife, established the Kerry L. Kuhn Scientific Equipment Fund to provide scientific instruments for studies and research. 

Gerald Rosen, LAW J.D. '79, was nominated by President George Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in November 1989 and became chief judge in January 2009. For the past eight years, Rosen has been a member of the GW Law School's Board of Advisors; he currently serves on the Alumni Relations Sub-Committee. He frequently appears as a guest speaker on school career panels and routinely hires GW Law students to serve as interns in his court.

 Michael T. Shehadi, GWSB M.B.A. '80, is the retired president & CEO of Legum & Norman, a leading multifamily real estate manager in the Mid-Atlantic. Shehadi is an adjunct professor in the GW School of Business and he sits on the school's Real Estate Advisory Board. He endowed the Shehadi Professorial Fellow in Real Estate Finance and serves as an unofficial advisor to the student-run Real Estate and Investment Development Organization and to faculty and programs through his membership with the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis Advisory Board. 

Ramona Stoltz, ESIA B.A. '96, is a certified fund raising executive with more than 15 years experience in the nonprofit sector. In 2002, Stoltz founded Florian Solutions, a consulting business specializing in nonprofit and small business development. Stoltz has provided more than 10 years of dedicated voluntary service to The Columbian Women of The George Washington University, served on the GW Alumni Association Board of Directors, and was one of the founding members of the GW Women's Leadership Conference. 

The 2009 Jane Lingo Distinguished Alumni Service Award Recipient:

Peter Konwerski, CCAS B.A. '91, GSEHD M.A. '94, Ed.D. '97, is the associate vice president and chief administrative officer for GW's Division of Student and Academic Support Services. He also holds academic appointments on the GW faculty in the Sociology Department's Human Services Program in Columbian College and in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development's Department of Educational Leadership. A member of the Luther Rice Society, he actively supports a number of cross divisional academic, student, and alumni initiatives through his service, work, and teaching. 

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