The UCI Alumni Association has announced UC Irvine Distinguished Professor Brian Skyrms will receive its Extraordinarius award during the 41st annual Lauds & Laurels ceremony May 12 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.
Eighteen additional distinguished individuals will be feted for their commitment to UC Irvine, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, UCI’s first woman drafted into professional soccer, physicians, scientists, educators and humanitarians from every walk of life. Awardees were selected by a committee of alumni, faculty, students and volunteers. A complete list follows.
“Lauds & Laurels is our opportunity to publicly recognize and thank those people who, through their good works, make such a positive impact on the university,” said Jorge E. Ancona, assistant vice chancellor of alumni relations and UCIAA executive director. “It’s more than just an awards ceremony. Lauds & Laurels allows us to showcase the tremendous impact the people of UC Irvine make on our community at large. “
Since 1971, the association has recognized more than 700 people, with proceeds from the event benefitting UCIAA scholarship programs. The Extraordinarius award is presented to those who have prominently contributed to the advancement of UCI and its fundamental missions of teaching, research and public service.
Brian Skyrms’ research and leadership have earned him membership in every honorary society for which he is eligible and catapulted UCI’s Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science to the top of like programs in the English-speaking world.
Individual tickets to the awards ceremony are $250, with 10-person tables available by calling the association at 949-824-2586.
Lauds & Laurels 2011 Honorees
Brian Skyrms, Ph.D.
School of Social Sciences
OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT
Daisy Verduzco Reyes
OUTSTANDING STUDENT ATHLETE
Tanya Taylor – Women’s Soccer
Bill Maurer, Ph.D.
Helen Morgan ’92
OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY SERVICE
Richard and Cheryll Ruszat
Co-owners, Montessori Schools of Irvine
CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Teal Wicks ’05
Broadway actress, currently starring in “Wicked”
SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Katherine Hills ’83
Owner and Managing Director, Krush Creative Group
THE PAUL MERAGE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Shelley Hoss, M.B.A. ’87
President, Orange County Community Foundation
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Judi Conroy ’83, M.A. ’95, Ed.D. ’09
Director of Teacher Education, UCI
THE HENRY SAMUELI SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Paramesh Gopi ’91, M.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’03
President and CEO, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
Hector Tobar, M.F.A. ’95
Columnist, Los Angeles Times
DONALD BREN SCHOOL OF INFORMATION & COMPUTER SCIENCES
Jon Teichrow ’86
President, Mirth Corporation
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Richard Kammerman, M.D. ’62
SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES
David MacMillan, Ph.D. ’96
Chair and Professor, Princeton University
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL ECOLOGY
Joan Patronite Kelly ’77
Managing Principal, Bonterra Consulting
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Scott Steiner ’96
Judge, Orange County Superior Court
For a complete list of past Lauds & Laurels honorees, visit: www.alumni.uci.edu/assets/pdf_files/landl_past_recip.pdf. Information regarding tickets and table sponsorships is available by calling the association: 949-UCI-ALUM.
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