9/15/2004

Contact: Carolyn Barnes, KU Alumni Association, (785) 864-4760.

KU to honor Wellington alumnus for outstanding volunteer service Sept. 15

LAWRENCE -- The Kansas Alumni Association and the KU Endowment Association will honor Wellington alumnus David Carr for his longtime volunteer efforts on behalf of KU.

Del Shankel, interim president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Alumni Association, will present to Carr the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award in recognition of his support of the Kansas Honors Program at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and awards program Sept. 15 at the Regent Theatre, 114 W. Lincoln in Wellington. The Kansas Honors Program recognizes the top seniors in each county in Kansas.

Thirty-five high school seniors from Sumner County who are in the top 10 percent of their class and their parents will join both associations in honoring Carr, a 1973 KU alumnus and executive vice president and vice chairman of 1st National Bank in Wellington.

Carr began coordinating the annual Sumner County KHP event in 1985, having previously served the Alumni Association as a coordinator for the Chicago alumni chapter from 1977 to 1978. From 1981 to 1985, he assisted the Endowment Association as a member of the Greater University Fund Advisory Board. From 1992 to 1996 he was the Alumni Associations representative to the KU Athletics Corp. board and chaired its finance committee from 1995 to 1996. He also has helped the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships as a volunteer student recruiter.

Carr and his wife, Colette Kocour, also a 1973 graduate, are Alumni Association life members; they belong to the Endowment Association˙s Chancellors Club as well as the Williams Educational Fund and K-Club for KU Athletics. As a KU student, David Carr was a football trainer.

The Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award, created in 1986 by the Alumni Association, honors volunteers who serve as KU ambassadors in their home communities. The award is named for Clodfelter, who received a bachelor's degree in 1941 from KU and worked at KU for 47 years, 42 of them at the Alumni Association. She retired in 1986 and lives in Lawrence.

Since 1971, the Alumni and Endowment associations, with the help of more than 160 alumni volunteers statewide, have sponsored local events to honor the top 10 percent of Kansas high school seniors.

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