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Barbara Laskin

Judy L. Vicars Receives Macalester Alumni Service Award

St. Paul, Minn. Judy L. Vicars, of Minneapolis, Minn., has received Macalester College’s 2007 Alumni Service Award. Vicars graduated from Macalester in 1968. 

The Alumni Service Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna of Macalester whose significant service and consistent loyalty to the college has set an outstanding example of volunteerism.

After graduating from Macalester with majors in psychology and elementary education, Vicars got a job as a computer programmer. This was in 1968 when computers took up entire rooms and data was entered via punch cards. She was able to use her experience in programming and her talent as a designer to move into graphic design as the field became computer-dependent. She has been part of the in-house design group at Thomson West, formerly West Publishing, for 23 years.

Vicars has been an active member of every one of her Macalester Reunion Committees, including this year’s 1967-1968-1969 cluster committee. She has served on the Alumni Board and always attends at least one football game per year.  Also, as a graphic designer, she has spent hundreds of hours crafting certificates to honor Macalester’s retiring board members, trustees and alumni award recipients.

In addition to her volunteer activities for Macalester, Vicars is involved with Eagan’s Rotary International, where she works as an organizer and designer for nonprofit organizations.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,884 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.

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