For Release: May 24, 2011
More than 300 guests gathered at Marylhurst University's 24th annual awards dinner on Monday, May 23 to honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the university.
One of Marylhurst's highest honors, the Mother Flavia Dunn Award, was presented to Lajos Balogh for his dedication to the university's music programs and support of symphony music in the Portland metropolitan area. After emigrating from Hungary in 1966, he joined Marylhurst's music faculty and began conducting the Marylhurst Symphony, two roles he continues to play. Balogh had a 37-year career as a violinist with the Oregon Symphony and founded two other successful community orchestras.
Simeon Dreyfuss, chair and faculty of Marylhurst's Interdisciplinary Studies program, was presented with the Academic Excellence Award for Individual Achievement. During his 18 years at the university, Dreyfuss served as the director of the Liberal Arts Core and a faculty member for the Prior Learning Assessment program. He was a leader in the development and ongoing implementation of Marylhurst's academic portfolio and Educational Degree Plan (EDP) systems.
The Academic Excellence Award for Group Achievement was presented to the EDP team of Nancy Gibson, Karen Lynch and Ian McCallum, who are supervised by Dreyfuss. The EDP team provides up-to-date degree plans for each Marylhurst student, identifying which degree requirements have been met. This year they oversaw a complex data migration to new degree audit software with no disruption to the access of information concerning student progress toward degree completion.
About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore. on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. More than 1,900 students earn degrees on campus and online. Marylhurst offers 20 undergraduate degrees, 9 graduate degrees and 13 professional certificates, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies to prepare students as interdisciplinary thinkers and ethical leaders.