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Two alumni to receive public service awards

Posted 09/19/03, by James Donnelly

Granger Award presentations coincide with social justice lectures

Theresa Ellis '97

Michael Stern '59

The William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College has announced the latest recipients of its Lester B. Granger '18 award for outstanding public service by a Dartmouth graduate. This year's winners are Theresa Ellis '97 and Michael Stern '59.

The Tucker Foundation presents the Granger Award annually to Dartmouth graduates whose commitment to public service has been exemplary. According to Tucker Foundation Dean Stuart Lord, this year's recipients share a common interest in social justice, though they hail from different generations.

According to Corrie Margaron, Fellowships and Internship Program Coordinator at the Tucker Foundation, the pairing of the Granger Awards and Social Justice Lectures provides "a mutually reinforcing reminder of the challenges faced by our nation and the world as well as the fact that Dartmouth students are engaged in addressing those challenges."

2003 Granger Award Recipients

Theresa Ellis will receive her award at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Filene Auditorium, Moore Psychology Building. The ceremony will take place with the first Social Justice Lecture of the academic year by Allan Stam, Associate Professor of Government, on "Democracies at War."

Ellis is the founder of Harbinger Partners, a nonprofit organization which creates opportunities for nonprofit and for-profit corporations to work together in mutually beneficial partnerships.

"Dartmouth is proud to recognize an outstanding graduate who uses her education and research skills to effect community change," said Lord. "Theresa Ellis' commitment to the nonprofit sector is visible in her passion and ability to develop technology-driven solutions to solving social problems."

Michael Stern will receive his award at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in 105 Dartmouth Hall. As part of the event, Douglas Irwin, Professor of Economics, will present a lecture titled "Free Trade Under Fire," also part of the Social Justice Lectureship Series.

As president of the Big Wood Foundation, Stern has been active in supporting social service organizations and providing scholarship funds to children. He founded the Big Wood Foundation, a nonprofit grant-making program focusing on advancing youth education in New York City.

"Michael Stern's enthusiasm and encouragement for the youth of New York City is a testament to his character and his commitment to making a difference in his community and future generations," said Lord.

The Social Justice Lectureship Series

The Social Justice Lectureship Series provides a public forum for dialogue and debate focusing on contemporary social issues, including human rights, poverty, racism, sexism, violence, war and peace, environmental sustainability and the economy. Following the lectures, students and community members can interact with the speakers. This lectureship series is part of the foundation's commitment to fostering civic leadership in Dartmouth's students, preparing them to live as thoughtful, active, and compassionate citizens who embrace both local and global responsibility.

- By James Donnelly

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