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|Husband and Wife, and a D.C. Resident, Get Knox Service Awards
|A couple who also happen to be Knox College graduates from the same class have been honored for their service to Knox.
Mike and Patricia Ruffalo were recognized at the annual Homecoming convocation Saturday with Knox's Service Awards, handed out to alumni for work they do to support their alma mater.
The Ruffalo's have worked with admissions, hosted events and reunions, and a host of other things, to say nothing of coming to Knox faithfully every five years for reunions.
"It was no effort because we love Knox, and we would have done it no matter what," Mike Ruffalo said.
Ruffalo describes Knox as "a great friend" to him and his wife.
"What else but a great friend would have introduced you to the diverse and rich experience of a liberal arts education?" Ruffalo said. "What else but a good friend would have helped you hone the skills and tools that you need to be successful in your career and in your personal life?"
Ruffalo says Knox also helped make him and his wife so many friends both before and after they graduated.
Another of the awards went to John Sauter -- a Washington D.C.-area Knox grad who is leader of a club for other D.C.-area grade, and has taken part in other college activities over the years.
Sauter, a 1963 grad, taught for six years after graduation, and says he gets what he calls a "two-fer" when he comes back for Homecoming.
"A two-for-one deal, because I get to reconnect with classmates," Sauter said, "But, I also get to reconnect with some of my students -- or, at least, some of the students that were here when I was on the faculty. I get a tremendous satisfaction from coming back."
Sauter says he's appreciative for being recognized, but he says it's more important for him to be able to give back to what he calls "OUR favorite college."
(Mike Ruffalo is joined by his wife Patricia on stage Saturday at Knox College's Homecoming Convocation. Watching them is Jean Anderson, Knox College Alumni Council Chair.)
(John Sauter speaks Saturday at Knox College's Homecoming Convocation, joined on stage by Anderson. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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