Alumni honored for achievements

The Alumni Leadership Council honored five individuals for their contributions to the college during Homecoming weekend.
The Outstanding Young Alumna, Distinguished Alumnusand Alumna of the Year, Alumni Service and Walker Service awards were presented on Oct. 15 in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom.
Susie Kuhn, class of ’97, received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award for leadership prowess in her career abroad.
Kuhn is an apparel and accessories director for Nike/Converse in Shanghai, China.
Her position in the global company allows her to travel to countries such as India, Australia and Malaysia.
The Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award went to Dr. Shawn Chen, class of ’87.
He provided China with adequate educational opportunities — an effort that inspired the council to give him recognition.
Chen is the founder and chair of Sias International University, a private American instructional techniques university, in China’s Henan Province.
The Linfield campus has hosted students from the university studying English language and American culture.
Theresa Betancourt, class of ’91, received the Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award for her unwavering aid to the underprivileged children in Africa who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
Betancourt is an assistant professor of child health and human rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she and her team conduct research studies.
The leadership council presented Brian Gerritz, class of ’98, the Alumni Service Award.
His presence as a volunteer at Linfield stands out; he serves as a member of the President’s Circle, which recognizes alumni, parents and friends of the college who provide annual support.
He is the president and founderof Pavilion Construction and contributes his knowledge of the industry to the Business Advisory Council.
Laura Edman’s volunteer endeavors led her to receive the Walker Service Award. Edman is a founding member of the Parents Council Leadership Team.
Her involvement in the PCLT is an expression of her dedication and desire to maintain contact with Linfield. Three years ago, Edman became an ambassador for parent events at Linfield.
The awards program aims to recognize those who made a difference through their service or dedication.
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