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Stanford Report, June 14, 2000

Megan Tompkins wins Sterling Award for volunteer service

Megan Tompkins has captured the Stanford Alumni Association's 2000 J. E. Wallace Sterling Award for volunteer service to the university. The award was presented at the Class Day luncheon on June 10.

Tompkins, a graduating senior from Seattle, earned a degree with honors in history, literature and the arts. She was recognized for her "uncanny ability to bridge cultures, find common ground, cement friendships, seek solutions and build mutual regard and reciprocal learning; for the special and focused energy and concern she expressed for the health and education of women and children in our society; and for her infectious enthusiasm for all things Stanford demonstrated by a tireless and altruistic dedication to the university and its role in forging a better world."

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Tompkins attended the Stanford Overseas Studies Program in Oxford and served as president of Stanford House there. At the university, she was a resident assistant in Alondra dormitory and a coordinator for Admit Weekend and New Student Orientation. She served as an Associated Students representative to the University Committee on Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid. She also assisted with Special Olympics, tutored with SAT Success and helped with safety improvements at the Mayfield Avenue crossing.

During announcement of the Sterling Award at the luncheon, Roger A. Clay Jr., vice chairman of the Alumni Association's board of directors, said six runner-ups -- a higher number than usual -- were also selected this year.

Book Awards were presented to Genevieve Aguilar, Stephanie Blossom, Nikki Love, Reiko Osaki, Kameelah Phillips and Jessalyn Saenz. They were given a copy of Stanford: Portrait of a University, a coffee-table book published by the Alumni Association.

The Sterling Award, named after Stanford's fifth president, has been presented by the association during graduation weekend since 1979. SR