U Alumni Association Honors Volunteers, Students, and Remarkable Graduates

The U of M Alumni Association honored two College of Design alumni and the Design and Student Alumni Board during an awards celebration on Thursday, October 11th.


Ann Carlson Birt (B.S. Home Economics ’56) received the Alumni Service Award for her significant impact and service to University. A member of the Goldstein Museum of Design for more than a decade, she has served as an officer on its Friends board and helped to fund a permanent director for the museum as chair of the Director’s Endowment Campaign. A leader through service, Birt is known for her “friend-raising,” creating awareness of the College of Design within the community and fostering opportunities to engage her many contacts with the college. In addition to running a successful interior design business, she is an advocate who fosters the spirit of service in others for the benefit of the University and its students.

  • More about Birt in the fall 2012 issue of Emerging

Prescott Morrill (MLA ’12) was named Student Volunteer of the Year. The award recognizes an exceptional individual who has shared time and talents to engage alumni through their commitment and excitement that supports his or her college and the Alumni Association. His plans to work in the realms of pedestrian and bicycle-oriented transportation, public open space, and community development.

  • Read Morill’s August 2012 article on Streets.mn

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The 2011-12 Design and Student Alumni Board was named Outstanding Alumni Society of the year. The board creates programs
and opportunities that support the transition from college to career and connect alumni, students and other professionals in the process. For more information about joining the board, visit our website.