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Founders’ Day event honors world-changing innovators

February 17, 2010

The Arizona State University Alumni Association will honor faculty members and alumni involved in solving challenges with world-changing consequences at its Founders’ Day Awards Dinner on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

The awards ceremony honors individuals who exemplify the spirit of the founders of the Territorial Normal School of Arizona, ASU’s predecessor institution, who received their charter from the Thirteenth Territorial Legislature on March 7, 1885.

“We will continue our partnership with the ASU Foundation at the 2010 Founders’ Day festivities related to the Challenges Project at ASU,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, ASU Alumni Association president. “The faculty, staff, alumni and ASU supporters we will be honoring are immersed in resolving the most pressing issues of our time: sustainability, education, economic security and much more.”

A highlight of this year’s event will be the debut of a new award, the Philanthropist of the Year. The ASU Foundation is a partner in presenting the award.

“Philanthropists are a key part of our team at ASU,” Wilkinson said. “Their vision for a better university helps us create a better world. We’re proud to honor these generous individuals, who enable ASU to embody the bold ideas that are at the heart of the New American University concept.”

Click here for a complete list of awards and award recipients who will be honored at the Founders' Day event.