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Founders' Day honors alumni, philanthropists, university leaders

March 01, 2012

Eight outstanding members of the Arizona State University community were honored at the ASU Alumni Association's 2012 Founders' Day awards dinner. 

Founders' Day is the signature ASU event that brings together the university and community leaders to celebrate ASU's successes and recognize the individuals who perpetuate the growth and diversity envisioned by the founders of this institution.

Learn more about the men and women, below, who received awards at the event. To see photos from the event, visit the ASU Alumni Association Facebook page.

Faculty Achievement Teaching Award

Karen Bruhn is being honored for her work as an Honors Faculty Fellow and principal lecturer at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. Bruhn, who joined the honors college faculty in 1998, has been recognized by students, faculty, and administrators alike as an excellent teacher, an active and engaged scholar, and an exceptionally able administrator. learn more

Faculty Achievement Research Award

Wayne Frasch is being honored for his research, which resides at the interface between basic research and innovative mission-driven investigation into the inner workings of cells, molecules and DNA. His work into biosensing has ramifications that stretch into medicine and anti-terrorism activities, as the tools he has developed have the potential to detect contaminants in the human body or the environment at a level far more sensitive than existing technologies. learn more

Philanthropist of the Year Award

Presented by the President's Club of the ASU Foundation for A New American University
Jeanne and Gary Herberger epitomize the art, and heart, of philanthropy. Jeanne and Gary, individually and together, have contributed nearly $28 million and thousands of hours to the development of Arizona State University over the past 30 years. Astounding as it is, this represents only one area of giving for the Herbergers, who are enthusiastically involved in many organizations, making significant contributions to the state of Arizona in education, women’s issues, real estate development and the arts.  learn more

Faculty Achievement Service Award

Joe Lockard is being honored for developing the Prison English Project, a unique initiative that provides opportunities for mutual learning and engagement for students of English at ASU and prisoners in two prison facilities: the Penitentiary of New Mexico and Florence State Prison in Florence, Ariz.  learn more

Alumni Achievement Award

Randall McDaniel is being honored for his contributions as an athlete, an educator and a community leader.
McDaniel’s athletic prowess became evident early in his life. He was a three-year varsity football and basketball starter at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Ariz. At ASU, he played on the Sun Devils offensive line and was named a First Team All-America pick in 1986 and 1987.  learn more

Alumni Achievement Award

Stephen Teglas is being honored for his visionary work with The Walt Disney Co. and his contributions to a pioneering partnership between the company and ASU. Teglas joined the Disney Store in 1993. He became vice president/general manager of Fashion & Home of Disney Consumer Products, North America, in 2008. In this role, Teglas has pioneered strategy relating to Disney’s licensed products aimed at the “tween” demographic, including the emphasis on fashion as a major component of the brand for young female consumers.  learn more

Staff Achievement Award

Anna Wales, who is a senior student engagement coordinator at ASU’s Polytechnic campus, is being honored for her commitment to the university and its students, her enthusiastic display of Sun Devil pride, and her service to the university and the Valley community. Wales joined ASU in 1994. She is considered by those she has worked with as a “goodwill ambassador” for the university.   learn more

Media contact:
Tracy Scott,
Alumni Association