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Honoring Frandsen

Distinguished Service Award Speech: 2004

Honoring Dr. Kenneth Frandsen
By Leigh Ford

Chairing the Distinguished Service Award Committee is perhaps one of the best jobs in the Association. One gets to bear glad tidings and the recipient of those tidings and the members of the audience are surprised and delighted by the choice. It is especially gratifying to present this award in this our Diamond Jubilee Year.

In light of this 75th anniversary and in preparation for today's presentation I have been thinking about our history as an association. Thanks to Dr. Malcom Sillars, I was able to read on our web site about all of our foremothers and forefathers who created and shaped that history. Last year I received the official notebook of my office, the sacred notebook passed from generation to generation. I have paged repeatedly through this notebook, a now weighty historical repository of the record of service of many in this association. Reading the letters of nomination and support recounting the countless hours of service provided by past recipients of this award was both inspiring and humbling. Today we once again offer our appreciation to these individuals for their commitment to all of us. Would all past Distinguished Service Award winners please stand and will you all please join me in expressing our thanks.

The Distinguished Service award was established in 1979 and was first awarded in 1980. Its purpose is to honor "persons who have made considerable and longstanding contributions to WSCA and the communication field." This year's recipient wears this description well. In the words of one supporter "it is clear that (this individual) not only talks the talk but walks the walk of service to WSCA and many of us have reaped the benefits of her or his contributions."

The research and service record of this year's recipient reveals a 20 plus year commitment to the Association. The recipient's leadership in WSCA has been described by colleagues as "quiet, and steadfast.. his or her commitment to the organization and its membership never wavering."

This year's Distinguished Service award winner has participated on countless panels, published in our journals, organized workshops and contributed repeatedly to the governance of the association in a variety of roles. The recipient has been both a member of and chair of the Finance Committee and the Time and Place Committee. This individual has served in the Legislative Assembly several times, has been a member of the Executive Council twice, and has provided leadership to The Executives' Club. As a real measure of his devotion to WSCA, our recipient has twice served as our convention local host and happily took on this important responsibility for an amazing third time this year.

In all the letters supporting his nomination, a common theme emerged a recognition of his willingness to take on any task and to give that extra effort to ensure the success of whatever responsibility with which he was charged from personally greeting WSCA conference attendees at the airport in his role as local host to working diligently to ensure that all Interest groups submitted Debut papers to the Executive Club for award consideration when he was chair of that committee to ensuring a true New Mexican experience for all of us at the Fiesta dinner Saturday evening.

In sum, his many actions large and small over the years make up his career of distinguished service to this organization. As one colleague wrote, "In his story you will find the story of one of our unsung heroes who deserves the recognition inherent in this award.

I am pleased to present the 2004 WSCA Distinguished Service award to Dr. Kenneth Frandsen of the University of New Mexico.
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