Accomplishments of university’s graduates celebrated

Legacy1thumbIn 2009, Mount Royal University established its annual Legacy Awards as a way to recognize the professional and community contributions of its graduates – which now number over 80,000 individuals.

Randy Paquette, Mount Royal’s director of development and alumni relations, says the Legacy Awards are a way to honour and celebrate the accomplishments of students and alumni.

“They help to put a face on the achievements of our alumni, not only from a professional standpoint but also from a community service standpoint,” Paquette said.

 Colleen Abdoulah was one of four Mount Royal University alumni members recognized during the 2012 Legacy Awards held on Sept. 20. Abdoulah received the Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to the telecommunications industry.

Legacy1Colleen Abdoulah (left) and Sandra Braun (right). Abdoulah received the Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2012 Mount Royal University Legacy Awards.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth LennoxThe Horizon Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni early in their careers, was given to Amanda Hamilton, an interior design graduate.

Tim Morris, a broadcasting graduate, was recognized with the Professional Achievement Award. Roland LaHaye, who is both graduate of Mount Royal and taught criminology at the school for 35 years, received the Community Service Award.

Abdoulah, who graduated from Mount Royal’s public relations program in 1979, initially worked in Calgary before moving to the United States. She is currently CEO of WOW! — an Internet, cable and phone company based out of Denver. She has the distinction of being one of the few females to lead a top cable company.

Paquette said to understand Abdoulah, it is important to look beyond her accomplishments and to recognize her community involvement and support for various service organizations.

“I’ve met a lot of distinguished alumni and impressive people over the years, but Colleen has a really amazing way about her,” Paquette said.

Public relations colleague and Mount Royal faculty member Sandra Braun reflects on Colleen Abdoulah’s contributions.

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