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Barbara Laskin

Melvin Collins Receives Macalester’s Catharine Lealtad Service to Society Award

St. Paul, Minn. Melvin Collins, of West St. Paul, Minn., has received the 2007 Catharine Lealtad Service to Society Award at this year’s Macalester College alumni association awards convocation.  Collins graduated from Macalester in 1975.

The award, named after Macalester’s first African-American graduate, is given to an alumnus or alumna of color who has used his or her education to distinguish themselves in service to community. 

For 30 years, Melvin Collins has helped young people of color move into successful careers in business. At the same time, he has been instrumental in helping Macalester forge stronger relationships with alumni of color, while also volunteering in programs for current Macalester students.

Collins was recruited by Macalester as part of its EEO (Expanded Educational Opportunities) program for students of color. A leader on campus, he became president of the Black Liberation Affairs Committee and focused on many campus issues including the protest of budget cuts in programs for students of color.

In addition to having a successful corporate career with Minnesota Mutual Cos., Inc., Collins is now an executive with the Twin Cities office of INROADS, an international organization that places talented minority youths in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership.  He was also recognized in 2005 by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as an Outstanding Minority Business Advocate.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,841 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.

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