Monday, April 19, 2010

Piper Billups & Lorne Donaldson win Office of Alumni Relations "Making a Difference" award

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 "Making a Difference" awards go to Piper Billups and Lorne Donaldson.

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. Click here for more information. (link:

Piper Billups

Piper Billups ('99, marketing), wife of Denver Nuggets star Chauncey Ray Billups, was given the “Making a Difference” award this year for her long-term dedication to the community. Through her work with The Spread Her Wings Foundation, which she founded in 2009, Billups assists 6th- and 7th-grade girls to become strong, independent young women by exposing them to life changing experiences, while teaching them to stay true to themselves so they can have a positive impact on others in their community and throughout the world.” According to Alumni Association Board Chair Eric Peterson ('99, marketing), Billups is a dedicated philanthropist who makes a difference in her family, her community, and the State. “She continues to prove that supporting our youth is important and that the investment that is made now will pay off 10 times over in the future.”

Lorne Donaldson

Lorne Donaldson ('86, physical education) is one of this year’s “Making a Difference” Outstanding Alumni. Elected to the Metro State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, Donaldson has coached and played soccer at the international, professional and collegiate levels. He was selected as an NAIA All-American 1980-1982, was an assistant coach for the Major League Soccer Colorado Rapids, and currently presides over the Real Colorado Soccer Club, which he founded in 1986. The club trains more than 5,000 kids and has produced both female and male players who have gone on to represent America in international competitions. However, according to Metro State Athletic Director Joan McDermott, Donaldson’s influence extends well beyond just his accomplishments. “Lorne’s commitment to each player extends beyond the field as he empower them with life skills taught through dedication, perseverance, work ethic and the challenges of competition,” she says. “He has begun a legacy of producing teams and players that are respected locally, nationally and internationally for their on-field, academic and personal accomplishments.”

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