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Alumni group gives awards for achievement, service

May  31, 2012

The Augustana College Alumni Association honored five alumni and a former director of the college choir at its awards banquet May 19.

Jeffrey Baker '78 and Dr. Milton Glick '59 received the Outstanding Achievement Award for having achieved distinction in their respective vocations.  Dr. Glick's award was posthumous; he died in April 2011.

Dennis Norling '70 was given the Outstanding Service Award for those who have rendered unusual service to Augustana or who have reflected honor on their alma mater by exceptional community service. 

The Rev. Karl J. Nelson '63 received the Richard A. Swanson Humanitarian Award for providing service to the church, to Augustana College or for having been involved with social issues on a local, state or national level. 

Donald Morrison was the recipient of the Honorary Alumni Award for friends of Augustana who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the college. Recipients are considered honorary alumni of Augustana and members of the Alumni Association.  

Sarah-Eva Carlson Marchese '03 was the winner of the Finest Under Forty Achievement Award for alumni age 40 years of age or less for having achieved distinction in their vocation, for having made a contribution to Augustana (either through exceptional service rendered the college or through support of the association) or for having made a contribution to society through outstanding community service.

Dr. Milton Glick, Outstanding Achievement Award

Milton Glick family

Dr. Milton D. Glick, or "Milt" as his friends knew him, was a renowned structural chemist and a leader of public higher education par excellence in America. In his career spanning more than four decades, he taught as a faculty member and served in the capacities of dean, provost, vice president or president at five universities: Wayne State University, Detroit, 1966-83; University of Missouri, Columbia, 1983-88; Iowa State University, Ames, 1988-91; Arizona State University, Tempe, 1991-2006; and the University of Nevada, Reno, 2006-2011.

Dr. Glick was scheduled to retire in the summer of 2006 from the provost position at Arizona State to become a university professor, "a job that would allow him to teach, mentor younger faculty and serve as a special assistant to the president." But friends say he worried whether that position would be fulfilling for him. When he was asked to apply for the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) presidency, he saw the offer as an opportunity to make a lasting contribution.

Dr. Glick led UNR through a period of unprecedented progress and growth, despite economic challenges. Under his leadership, the university reached several new heights of national stature for teaching and research. His emphasis on increasing retention and graduation rates led to gains, and enrollment grew to the largest in the university's history. In 2010, UNR graduated its largest class, marking a 66 percent increase in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded over 10 years.

Upon assuming the presidency, Dr. Glick issued a campus-wide challenge to recruit more National Merit Scholars. Today, the university is recognized as a National Merit Sponsor school and last year, had a record number of National Merit Scholars. Dr. Glick also shepherded the opening of several student or research-centered buildings on the Reno campus.

Augustana honored Dr. Glick posthumously for his prodigious scientific research, aggressive technologic innovations and academic contributions, and his tireless enthusiasm in promoting quality higher education.

Jeffrey Baker, Outstanding Achievement Award

Jeffrey Baker

Jeffrey Baker graduated from Augustana with a degree in biology and a concentration in environmental science. He went on to earn a master's in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa in 1985 and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado in 2002. He has received the following awards: Appreciation Award, Under Secretary of Energy, 2005; Appreciation Award, Under Secretary of Energy, 2008; and the 2010 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in Science and Environment. He also was the ENR (Engineering News Record) 2011 Award of Excellence Winner.

Currently Baker is the director, Office of Laboratory Operations for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Golden Field Office, located in Golden, Colo. he oversees the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Management & Operation contract and leads a multi-disciplined team to ensure the Department of Energy's (DOE) mission and operational expectations of NREL are fulfilled.  He has served in operational, management and executive capacities in DOE field and headquarters organizations, and is a principal in the development of NREL's sustainable campus, including the Research Support Facility.

Baker has transformed the landscape for affordable ultra-green buildings and is the DOE's visionary behind the nation's newest symbol for sustainability. Due in large part to his persistence, the Research Support Facility (RSF) opened last June. The 220,000 square foot building, packed with proven energy-efficient technologies, beats the national standard for energy consumption by 50 percent.

Dennis Norling, Outstanding Service Award

Dennis Norling

Always one to lend a hand, Dennis Norling has provided volunteer support and leadership for the college over many decades. Norling accepts just about every request to assist — whether it's helping on a Visit Day, a Move-in Day or at an on-campus alumni event. He also has opened his home to host Augustana alumni gatherings.

Since the early 1980s, Norling has served on the board or as a volunteer with more than 20 Quad-Cities groups. He has been president of the Augustana Alumni Association Board of Directors, Augustana Historical Society and the American Scandinavian Association. Other longtime commitments include the Two Rivers YMCA Board of Trustees, Augustana College Planned Giving Counsel, the Quad City Estate Planning Council and the WVIK Public Radio Foundation Board.

After receiving his B.A. from Augustana in 1970, Norling earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1976. He practiced law for three years and then moved into banking, becoming senior vice president and trust officer at First Midwest Trust Company. In 2005, he returned to Augustana as a part-time instructor; his personal finance class is a favorite among juniors and seniors.

Rev. Karl J. Nelson, Richard A. Swanson Humanitarian Award

Rev. Karl Nelson

After earning his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Augustana in 1963, Rev. Karl J. Nelson earned the M.Div. degree from the Lutheran School of Theology (Augustana campus). He was ordained in 1967 at Gustavus Adolphus College. Rev. Nelson served Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville, Iowa, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa, before arriving at First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wis., in 1980. He retired from First United in 2006, after 26 years.

During his career as a pastor, he counseled couples and individuals, taught the Bible and theological issues of interest to youth and adults, and worked with his congregation, the synod and the churchwide organization in multiple capacities. At last count, Rev. Nelson had officiated at 960 baptisms, 847 weddings, 612 funerals and delivered more than 2,800 sermons.

In his community work, Rev. Nelson has served on numerous boards and continues to do so. His service interests range from comprehensive health care for women, elderly housing and community preparedness to character development for youth and the performing arts in the community.

He is married to Kathy Neuman, Class of 1965.

Donald Morrison, Honorary Alumni Award

Donald Morrison

Donald Morrison, director of the Augustana Choir from 1966-1993, taught choir members about music and about life. In rehearsals, he introduced different music styles and composers, as he shaped the group into a unified choral ensemble. He shared the history and contexts in which pieces were written, as he helped students to discover the relevance of the pieces in their own lives. Morrison also allowed choir members to experience the unexpected emotional and spiritual elements that could bring them to tears in their performances. And whether they were music majors, business majors or biology majors, he taught everyone that each of them had a voice — and their voice mattered.

When the choir stepped on the risers for a performance, whether in a rural church in Iowa or on the stage of Chicago's Orchestra Hall, the students were poised, polished and professional. When they went on tour and performed the same program for several weeks in a row, Morrison would remind his vocalists that "this" performance was the only one that "this" audience would hear, so the choir owed their guests its best effort. He taught students the invaluable lesson of striving for excellence in all they did, whether it was for themselves or others.

Morrison received his B.M. degree from Drake University in 1953 and an M.S.M. degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1957. He also studied at the University of Southern California, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Oakbrook University. He received the Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia Fraternity Orpheus Award in 1993.

Sarah-Eva Carlson Marchese, Finest Under Forty Achievement Award

Sarah-Eva Carlson Marches

In 2011, Sarah-Eva Ellen Marchese founded Cegras, a business development consulting firm and platform for entrepreneurial ventures in San Diego, Calif. Currently Cegras' president, Marchese develops and implements creative solutions for companies looking for new ways to expand, specializing in strategies for newly or soon-to-be launched businesses to assist in the market-entry process.

Marchese spent several years in New York City prior to moving to San Diego. From 2009-2010, she was a consultant at Investars, where she helped create and implement business development strategy for the launch of a new web-based investment platform. She pitched the platform at meetings and events not only in New York City and Washington, D.C., but also Amsterdam and Brussels. Marchese also headed marketing efforts, including social media presence, press releases and online content.

After graduating from Augustana in 2003 with a degree in history, she earned a masters of letters in international security studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She then obtained a master of arts in war studies from King's College London in England in 2006. She is a member of the River Valley College Hall of Fame.

Her community involvement includes founding Dinner by the Book, a program series of dinner tastings, each focused on the theme of a new book, with the book's author sharing stories at the dinner. The events raised funds for the YWCA of the City of New York.

Alumni Association Board of Directors

President — Henry Neuman '70  
Vice president — Carol Griffiths Horstmann '57 
Secretary — Melanie Berna Coulter '94  
Susan Nelson Abrams '76
Martin Anderson '54
Richard Barajas '04
Jeremy Bratt '00
Bob Brockhouse '60
Stanley Brown '63
Pedro Cervantes '00
Kara Turner Clark '94
Beth Dahl Rodriguez '63
Therese Emma '86
Kent Gladish '84
John Glimco '83
Ross Heath '82
Tom Heiman '87
Anthony Holman '95
Thomas Johnson '72
Natalie Kessler '92
Michelle King '93
Marko Krpan '88
Stephen Lamar '02
Eduardo Marquez '08
Dolorita May '99
Christine Anderson Petty '74
Roy Puccini '64
Erik Rehms '87
Douglas Roegner '84    
Lydia Ruelas Durán '05
Jamie Sanders Rufolo '98
Sam Schlouch '10
Susan Steele Weir '71
Karen Tracy Sutherland '64
Jessica Waytenick '99
Karl Zobrist '71

Student representatives:
Chris Carter '13
Michael Gyetvay '13
Margaret Hayes '12
Darshon Hullon '14
Nik Maggos '14
Mason Robertson '14
Theodore Teros '12
Abbey Wilson '14