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Six Receive Alumni Association Awards

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    Recipients of the 2010 Alumni Association Awards (l-r): Bob Dupuy, Harland Dewitt, Lauren Niver Paver, Pete Sessions, Russell Ramsey and Taylor Garrett (Photo by Lucas Adams).

Congressman Pete Sessions receives first Medal of Honor

Six Southwestern University alumni received awards from The Association of Southwestern University Alumni Nov. 6.  

Congressman Pete Sessions ‘78 received the Association’s first Medal of Honor Award. The award was created to honor alumni whose accomplishments are regarded as the highest form of achievement, either nationally or internationally. Sessions has been a member of Congress since 1996.  

“Pete Sessions has epitomized the values of Southwestern University by dedicating his life to the betterment of humanity,” said Rev. Paul Barton, chair of the Association of Southwestern University Alumni Nominations and Awards Committee. “He has done so through public service in Congress and also through his participation in many civic organizations.”  

The Association’s first Distinguished Professional Award went to Bob Dupuy ‘69 who has worked as a lawyer in Dallas for 38 years. Dupuy also is a member of the Southwestern University Board of Trustees and is chairman of the Board of the Texas Methodist Foundation.

The Distinguished Humanitarian Award was given to Harland DeWitt ‘92 who started an organization called Texas Tents for Haiti to provide shelter for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The organization ultimately provided shelter for more than 1,000 Haitians.  

The Distinguished Young Alumna Award was given to Lauren Niver Paver ‘05 who serves as vice president of business strategy at United Way Capital Area in Austin. Before joining United Way Capital Area, Niver Paver served as community relations and employee communications manager at National Instruments.    

The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award was given to Taylor Garrett ‘00 who works as a crisis stabilization and governance officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  

The Distinguished Southwestern Service Award was given to Russell Ramsey ‘66 who has supported Southwestern for nearly 45 years as a class agent, an Alumni Board member and vice president, a homecoming chair, the class of 1966 reunion chair, and a charter member of the Brown Society. Ramsey is currently co-president of the Houston Association of Southwestern Alumni.