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Sterling Award given to senior Marianna Davis
STANFORD -- Marianna "Muffy" Davis, a senior in human biology from Sun Valley, Idaho, is the recipient of the Stanford Alumni Association's 1995 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for volunteer service at the university.
The award was presented Saturday, June 17, during the Senior Class Day luncheon at Kennedy Grove. The presentation was made by Susan Taylor Rosepink, '72, chair of the Alumni Association's board of directors.
Davis has been active with the Disabled Students of Stanford, organizing its speakers bureau and often acting as a spokeswoman for other disabled students. Davis also was the primary organizer of a recent wheelchair basketball game, in which the Stanford women's team played a team of Bay Area disabled people.
Davis has served as an ASSU Senate Associate and as a mentor with the Stanford "Best Buddy" program, has been a member of the Tri- Delta Philanthropy Committee and is on the search committee for a new dean of students.
The Sterling Award cited Davis "for bringing heroic doses of excitement, spirit, courage and self-confidence to the entire disabled community at Stanford, including young people at Packard Children's Hospital," and "for being an eloquent voice on behalf of Stanford's ambitions as a welcoming and respecting community for all of its citizens."
The Stanford Alumni Association presents the Sterling Award annually to students who have demonstrated dedication to volunteer activities while on campus. The award also is intended to encourage graduates to serve as volunteers for Stanford and in the public sector after commencement.
Also at the Class Day luncheon, the Alumni Association presented book awards to graduating seniors Esther Conrad, Kris Ledesma, Lisa Lee and Clark Moore, all of whom were finalists for the Sterling Award.
The award is named for the late J.E. Wallace Sterling, who served as Stanford's president from 1949 to 1968. Upon his retirement, he was appointed university chancellor, and served in that post until his death in 1985.
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