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Stanford Report, November 8, 2000

Nancy Huddleston Packer named the 2000 recipient of the Richard W. Lyman Award

Nancy Huddleston Packer, professor emerita of English and former director of the Creative Writing Program, has been named the 2000 recipient of the Richard W. Lyman Award for faculty volunteer service. The award is given annually to a member of the faculty who makes an extra effort to reconnect alumni with the campus, said Stanford Alumni Association President Bill Stone.

Packer's work on behalf of the Alumni Association has included a title in the Portable Stanford book series (In My Father's House) and a short story in The Uncommon Touch: Fiction and Poetry from the Stanford Writing Workshop. Her contributions to alumni include making numerous presentations to Stanford clubs around the country and serving as a faculty member in executive education and at the Stanford Sierra Camp faculty-in-residence program. She also has spoken at Senior Class Day and led writing workshops during Reunion Homecoming weekend, at Alumni Day and at summer alumni colleges.

"Nancy is a universally admired faculty stateswoman, known for straight talk, asking her students to stretch and producing unsentimental but poignant work," said Nora Sweeny, the association's director of alumni education. "She has a considerable following among the graduates, and has additionally championed volunteer efforts among her colleagues."

Selection of the winner of the Lyman Award, which honors the university's seventh president, is made by an Alumni Association jury that includes representation from the organization's board of directors, faculty and staff. The award includes a grant to the Stanford libraries to add to its collections in areas of particular interest to the honoree. Packer will be honored at a faculty appreciation reception in December.


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