On Apple Day, Pittsburg State University honored an individual and a couple for their longstanding service to the university and its students with the Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award. The 2013 recipients of the award are Catherine M. Albright and Alan G. and Roberta Harlow Whetzel.
The award, established in 1991, honors the late Ralf J. Thomas, a long-time member of the faculty who volunteered his service to the PSU Alumni Association for 22 years and who was the first recipient of the award.
Johnna Schremmer, director of alumni and constituent relations, said this year’s recipients represent many alumni and friends of the university whose unsung service to PSU make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
“Volunteers play a vital role in the life of the university,” Schremmer said. “When students see volunteers helping to make the university better, it sends a strong message that they are valued members of the Pittsburg State family.”