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ARCS Light Awards Honor 16 For Their Contributions

Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Foundation’s highest honor for volunteer work given annually to a member from each chapter

Sixteen members of ARCS® Foundation were recently honored for their work on behalf of the mission of promoting education in science, engineering, and medical research at an awards ceremony in Denver.

The recipients of the 2017 ARCS Light Awards were honored for myriad accomplishments in the field, including fundraising, communications, recruiting, event planning, and other vital efforts on behalf of the Foundation. Each year the awards are given to a member of each ARCS Foundation chapter who has displayed ingenuity, sacrifice, and long-term service to the Foundation. The individuals receiving ARCS Light Awards are honored for the outstanding contributions they make at the chapter level.

The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Jamie Anderson – Oregon
  • Gracia Conn – Atlanta
  • Pat Cooper – Hawaii 
  • Karen Finkbiner – Metro Washington
  • Tara Fowler – Illinois
  • Judy Greenspon – Orange County
  • Sandy Kennedy -- Phoenix
  • Lynn Manley – Seattle
  • Deborah Mann – Northern California
  • Jennifer Martin – Pittsburgh
  • Joan Obert – Colorado
  • Kristen Sheikh -- Minnesota
  • Laura Springhetti – Utah
  • Bobbi Vandervoort – San Diego
  • Virginia Young – Los Angeles
  • Teresa Greeley – Tampa Bay (Honorary)

Honorees have served in vital leadership positions on their boards; established scholar awards and supported interactions among scholars at various university partners; chaired multiple luncheon and evening events; and used their business, legal, and tax skills to help establish new chapters.

ARCS Foundation congratulates all award recipients and thanks them for their essential contributions to the continuing success of the Foundation.

“Volunteers have always been the backbone of ARCS Foundation, and we owe much of our nearly six decades of success and growth to those who give their time and talents,” said ARCS Foundation President Andi Purple, herself a former ARCS Light Award recipient. “We offer heart-felt congratulations to those honored in 2017 and thank them for their volunteer work on behalf of our mission.”

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