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The Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation recognizes those taking an active role in advancing the Greater Rochester Area. We believe that in shedding light on the individuals and entities working to further our community, we not only acknowledge great work, but inspire others join in the efforts as well.
LAMP OF KNOWLEDGE AWARD
The Lamp of Knowledge Award is a joint partnership between the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges (GRAUC).
The award is given to an individual, business, or organization associated with the Chamber and that actively supports higher education partnerships in Southeastern Minnesota. Recipients have shown a commitment to foster higher education opportunities. This may be done through volunteer work in helping to enable or encourage students to pursue higher education, through partnerships connecting the local school system students, and/or through helping employees meet the education and training needs of an ever-changing workplace.
LAMP OF KNOWLEDGE AWARD PAST RECIPIENTS:
2016 – Aaron Benike – President, Alvin E. Benike, Inc.
2015 – Gail Sauter – Affiliations with RCTC, WSU, & UMR
2014 – Jerry Williams – Former RPS Superintendent & Common Cents Chair
2013 – Jim Clausen – GRAUC Executive Director & Community Volunteer
2012 – Don Supalla – RCTC President
2011 – Dr. Wendy Shannon – Byron School District Superintendent
2010 – Donald Sudor – GRAUC Board & Community Volunteer
2009 – Kathleen Meyerle – Mayo Clinic & Two-time GRAUC Board Chair
2008 – Nancy Braatas – State Senator & Community College / MnSCU Trustee
2007 – Think Mutual Bank – GRAUC Supporter
2006 – Marilyn Steward – Edina Realty & Chair of Rochester Higher Ed Taskforce
2005 – Mo Amundson – Education-to-Careers
2004 – IBM – GRAUC Supporter
2003 – Mayo Clinic – GRAUC Supporter