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06/15/92

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Senior from Texas wins Sterling Award

STANFORD -- Graduating senior Monica Moran Gonzalez of Brownsville, Texas, has won the Stanford Alumni Association's 1992 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for volunteer service at Stanford University.

The announcement was made Saturday, June 13, at senior class day exercises on campus by Michael Roster, chairman of the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Gonzalez's volunteer activities at Stanford provided "countless and stunning examples of spirit, generosity and devotion," the citation noted. She volunteered in a variety of settings that included Hispanic neighborhoods, the Newman Center, Children's Hospital, a local high school, Casa Zapata, El Centro Chicano and the Stanford Chapel.

The citation also noted "her unbelievable connections, resourcefulness and consistent good judgment, reflected in the aptly-named Monica Gonzalez Referral Rule: 'If you need anybody outstanding for anything important, just ask her.' "

The selection is made annually by the Alumni Association to reward dedicated student volunteer activities on campus, and to encourage graduates to serve as volunteers for the university and in the public sector after commencement. The award is named for the late J.E. Wallace Sterling, who served as Stanford's president from 1949 to 1968.

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