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Jasper Ridge, political science staffers receive Cuthbertsons
STANFORD -- The overseer of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and a longtime political science staff member were given Kenneth M. Cuthbertson awards at commencement exercises June 13 for their exceptional service to Stanford University.
Alan Grundmann, administrative director of Stanford's 1,200- acre biological preserve in the foothills west of Interstate 280, was cited for his dedication and commitment to the land, "using ingenuity, frugality, and an appreciation of natural environments to create a wildlife sanctuary that is both a friendly and accessible treasure as well as an important research center for the Stanford community."
In particular, Grundmann was cited for his development of an on-site laboratory, docent center, and library of archival and reference material, including a collection of aerial photography of the preserve that has become essential to many research projects.
The citation noted "his farsighted and fair approach to balancing the needs of the wide variety of preserve users, an achievement made more impressive by an ardent devotion to preserving the land and its natural inhabitants."
Ann Elizabeth Rafferty, who will be retiring this August from her post as undergraduate assistant in Political Science, was cited "for 30 years of guidance to all the Political Science students who have passed through her office."
She was especially praised "for her keen understanding and warmth for all students with whom she has contact; for her willngness to go beyond the limits of her job description; for making teaching easier for faculty by identifying potential problems early and working to solve those that do occur; and for her continued grace and ability in running a most spirited and hectic office."
The Cuthbertson award was established in 1981 by an anonymous donor as a tribute to Kenneth M. Cuthbertson, a key early architect in Stanford's long-range financial planning and fund-raising programs. He retired in 1977 as vice president for development.
The annual award, open to all members of the Stanford community, honors contributors to the goals of the university in their widest sense.
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