Elisha Rasmussen, a valued member of the University of Lethbridge Senate and a revered advocate for the interests of the U of L and the value of post-secondary education, is the 2011 Senate Volunteer Award recipient.
Over the past several years, Rasmussen has led the Senate Honorary Degree Search Committee, and, under her leadership, has increased the profile of the honorary degree program. An experienced and accomplished journalist, Rasmussen drew on that expertise to spread the word about honorary degrees both internally and externally. As a result, while once there were just two or three honorary degree nominations, the committee now receives 10 to 12 each year.
Rasmussen's contributions go far beyond her work with the Senate. Over the years she has served the U of L in a number of volunteer capacities, such as welcoming international students as a part of the Hospitality Committee, serving with her husband Collin in the Family Friendship program and assisting at numerous convocation ceremonies by pouring tea, greeting guests and providing transportation. She and Collin would routinely help welcome students to campus from places such as South Korea, Germany, Mexico, France, Poland and Ghana by hosting family dinners and including them in other community events.
An exemplary ambassador for the University of Lethbridge and a gracious host, Rasmussen is a worthy recipient of the 2011 Senate Volunteer Award.
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