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Ray Loeschner Honored with Alumni Award
Ray B. LoeschnerRay B. Loeschner (MA/MS57, PhD62), former president of Olivet College and a distinguished leader in higher education, is the recipient of the 2006 Northwestern University Alumni Association Alumni Merit Award for the School of Education and Social Policy. The ceremony to honor Northwestern's alumni award winners was held April 1.

Loeschner served as president of Olivet College for seven years starting in 1970 and later became president of Ohio Northern University. Previously, he held posts in higher education at Eastern Michigan University, Augustana College and Washburn University. During the 1980s Loeschner was chief administrative officer with the C.S. Mott Foundation in Flint and started Loeschner Enterprises, Inc.

Alumni merit awards are presented for high achievements in a profession or field of endeavor.

Ray B. Loeschner
Mary Nelson (BS67), Mark Nelson, Dean Penelope Peterson, Jim Nelson, Nancy Loeschner and SESP Alumni Award winner Ray Loeschner attend the Northwestern football game at Michigan State on October 22.


Senior Starts Global Volunteerism Conference
Jon MarinoWith an eye to increasing numbers of students going abroad and volunteering, SESP senior Jon Marino co-directed the first International Youth Volunteerism Summit, which took place on campus from February 23 to 26.

After returning from studies abroad, Marino and senior Nathaniel Whittemore initiated the four-day Summit as a way to "maximize the potential" of young people seeking to engage in global problem solving. Sixty-five student delegates selected from more than 500 applicants represented 30 American universities and 20 countries. Also attending were representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social entrepreneurs.

The conference brought the student delegates together with representatives from 30 organizations including Rotary International, College Corps, Global Youth Partnership for Africa and Global Youth Action Network who provided practical information about international engagement and helped students develop their project ideas. Skills workshops, panel discussions and speakers covered nine domains: health, education, gender, economic empowerment, youth, refugees in conflict, Internet and technology, creati