Thursday, April 15, 2010

Outstanding Alumni Awards: This year's "Distinguished Alumnus" award goes to Edward Jacobs Jr. and Shannon Webber

Each year, Metro State College of Denver’s Office of Alumni Relations celebrates the successes of some of its outstanding graduates by presenting awards at its semi-annual Alumni Recognition Evening. This year’s Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients will be celebrated at the Blueprint for Success: 2010 Alumni Recognition Evening, Wednesday, April 21, from 5:30-7 p.m. at St. Cajetan’s on the Auraria Campus. The cost is $10 per person and includes dinner. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, April 19. Read about each individual in the days leading up the event. Today's highlighted graduates are the "Distinguished Alumnus," Edward Jacobs and Shannon Webber.

Edward Jacobs Jr.

Senior Instructional Technologist for the Education Technology Center, Edward Jacobs Jr. ('96, computer information systems) wins this year’s “Distinguished Alumnus” award because of his wholehearted love and dedication to Metro State College of Denver. Not only will you find Jacobs regularly attending and taking photos at Metro athletics games, but his office walls are covered with College paraphernalia. As well, says co-worker Manisha Pinge, he is a “tremendous individual” who is a pleasure to work with on a daily basis. “Ed inspires others to excel,” she adds. “His enthusiasm and commitment to his job demonstrates his talent and dedication on a daily basis.” More than 20 co-workers and colleagues submitted letters recommending Jacobs win this award. According to co-worker Alex McDaniel (’05, speech communication), “Ed’s dedication to the College by far surpasses that of any other employee. The College is truly privileged to have an outstanding alumnus like Ed.”

Shannon Webber

Shannon Webber ('04, political science), a Financial Aid Counselor at the Financial Aid and Scholarship Center, is our other “Distinguished Alumna” winner. Not only does Webber regularly volunteer for crisis centers and the program Girls Rock, but she consistently gives back to the Metro community through her outreach work with Denver Public Schools, the Metro State Access Center, and the Metro State Excel Program. “Shannon makes a difference in the lives of students and administrators by going out of her way to compassionately and effectively communicate on behalf of the students she serves,” says co-worker Janina Edwards. “She exhibits Metro State pride by representing Metro State to various communities across Denver and by encouraging students of all backgrounds to believe in their abilities and to attend Metro State.”

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