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The SDSU Alumni Association has announced 12 winners of this year’s prestigious Monty Awards. They will be honored at an April 24 gala dinner and awards presentation at the Hotel del Coronado.

First awarded in 1971, the Montys recognize alumni and friends who have made significant regional, national or international contributions. For tickets to the awards banquet, visit www.sdsualumni.org/montys or contact Cheryl Trtan at 619-594-ALUM (2586) or ctrtan@mail.sdsu.edu


College of Arts and Letters
Jeannie Oakes, Ph.D.
Jeannie Oakes, (’64 English and comparative literature), serves as director of education and scholarship at the Ford Foundation. An award-winning author and groundbreaking researcher in the field of educational policy, she has focused attention on inequalities in schools and influenced education across the country.


College of Business Administration
Susan R. Nowakowski
Susan R. Nowakowski (’89 MBA), is chief executive officer, president, and a director of AMN Healthcare Services, the largest healthcare staffing company in the country. She serves on the College of Business Administration’s advisory board and was named the Most Admired Public Company CEO in San Diego in 2008.


College of Education

Maggie Carrillo Mejia, Ph.D.
Maggie Carrillo Mejia, (’74 Spanish; ’80 MA multicultural education) managing partner of The Mejia Group, has held prominent educational leadership positions, including, most recently, superintendent of the Sacramento Unified School District. She is currently an executive coach with the National Center on Urban School Transformation’s Executive Instructional Leadership Program.


College of Engineering
Pedro Orso-Delgado
Pedro Orso-Delgado (’83 civil engineering) is deputy city manager/director of development for the City of Santee. A former district director at CALTRANS, he is credited with significant contributions to the field of civil engineering through innovations in his district that received world-wide recognition.


College of Health and Human Services
Claudia Dunaway, MA, CCC-SLP
Claudia Dunaway (’78 speech-language pathology), is the lead speech-language pathologist for the San Diego Unified School District. Nationally recognized for her work benefitting children with communicative disorders, she received the Rollin J. Van Hattum Award, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s highest honor for a speech-language pathologist.


College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Deborah Butterfield
Deborah Butterfield (’68 attended, art) is one of the world’s leading sculptors and teachers of fine arts, celebrated for her devotion to a single subject: the horse. Her award-winning work combining abstraction and reality may be found in prominent museums and public sites around the world.


College of Sciences
Christina A. Waters, Ph.D.
Christina A. Waters (’89 biology), has a 20-year history of research and management in drug discovery and development for the pharmaceutical industry. Currently president of Cell Therapeutics Europe and Systems Medicine, a subsidiary of Cell Therapeutics, Inc., she has fostered new approaches to treatments for disorders and diseases.


Library and Information Access
Charles S. Luby and Robin B. Luby
Charles S. Luby (’59 chemistry; ’64 MS chemistry) and Robin B. Luby (’61 English) are known for their loyalty and dedication to SDSU. Through the generous commitment of their time, knowledge and personal resources, they have positively impacted the lives of SDSU students, faculty and staff.


SDSU Imperial Valley
Efrain Silva
Efrain Silva (’89 public administration), dean of Economic and Workforce Development for Imperial Valley College, has served in many municipal, county, non-profit and school district managerial positions. An elected official to both school district and city posts, he has a reputation for outstanding service to his constituents.


Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Fred Norfleet
Fred Norfleet, owner of Norfleet Video Productions, is celebrating a decade of dedication to SDSU as an Alumni Association board member, promoter and benefactor. With his commitment of talent, time, and resources to the university, he is one of the Alumni Association’s strongest advocates and greatest champions.


Distinguished University Service Award
Sally Roush
Sally Roush, SDSU’s vice president for Business and Financial Affairs, is the chief steward of university finances. Her remarkable monetary acumen and business savvy in managing resources have paved the way for advancement in academics, athletics and the construction and operation of the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.
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