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Stanford Associates' Awards

The Stanford Associates present awards to recognize excellence in volunteer service to the University. Individuals who have demonstrated excellence in volunteer service are nominated by Stanford staff members in the fall of each year. The Stanford Associates' Board of Governors reviews the nominations and selects award winners. The following awards are given:

Degree of Uncommon Man & Uncommon Woman

"For rare and extraordinary service to the university."

From the way students are educated to the way patients are treated, ANNE T. BASS, MLA '07, and ROBERT M. BASS, MBA '74, have helped to shape Stanford University over nearly 40 years. Their active leadership and generous support have strengthened the Graduate School of Business and medical research and training. As co-chairs of the Campaign for Undergraduate Education, they helped to secure and to provide permanent funding for programs that have become hallmarks of the undergraduate experience. Deeply involved at the School of Humanities and Sciences, they have supported students, faculty, and facilities. All together, Anne and Bob have been active leaders in six Stanford campaigns and served on many boards. Bob serves on the university's Board of Trustees, of which he is a former chairman.

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Gold Spike Award

"For exceptional volunteer leadership service."

LESLIE PARKER HUME, AM '71, PHD '79, brings a wealth of attributes--a keen intellect, a warm and gracious demeanor, and a deep knowledge of Stanford--to her leadership roles. Whether chairing the Board of Trustees during challenging economic times or traversing the country for The Stanford Challenge, she is a tireless and unwavering champion for the University.

DENISE O'LEARY, '79, is a tireless leader who has made a difference in many corners of the University over the past 34 years. Her acute financial acumen, sharp intellect, insight, and vision are ever-present, whether energizing major fundraising campaigns or charting a path for the new Stanford Hospital to ensure its role as a global leader.

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The Stanford Medal

"For decades of distinguished and significant volunteer service to Stanford University."

PHIL HALPERIN, '85, continues his family's legacy of exemplary Stanford volunteerism through his years of service as a tireless advocate for the University, and, especially, undergraduate education, public service and the improvement of K-12 education. The many boards and committees on which he's served have benefited immeasurably from his leadership.

GOODWIN LIU, '91, has served the University with distinction as an inspired leader, thinker, educator, advisor, writer and fundraiser. With an incisive mind, impressive background in law, and natural ability to lead, Goodwin has been an invaluable member of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Haas Center for Public Service National Advisory Board.

RISA SHIMODA, '77, exemplifies the word, "volunteer." Unstintingly and enthusiastically, she has embraced every volunteer assignment she's taken on for Stanford in the past 35 years--chairing several reunions, leading five Stanford regional clubs, organizing landmark club events and serving on numerous senior University boards and committees.

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Governors' Award 2013-2014

The Governors' Award (formerly the "Stanford Associates Award"), was established in 1980. A maximum of 15 awards are given annually to Stanford Associates members to honor exemplary volunteer service to the University over an extended period. These individuals are honored for their ongoing and uncommon gift of self, time and energy to the University. Governors Awards are presented to honorees at the Stanford Associates Award Ceremony held on campus each spring.

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  • Award of Merit 2013-2014

    Established in 1975, the Award of Merit (formerly the "Outstanding Achievement Award"), is given for exceptional volunteer service during a given period, usually one year. Bestowed for a single specific achievement, up to 25 awards are given annually to individuals or groups for their demonstrated initiative, thoroughness and enthusiasm. Awards of Merit are presented to honorees at the Stanford Associates Award Ceremony held on campus each spring.

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