School of Business and Leadership Announces Awards

April 14, 2011

TACOMA, Wash. – The School of Business and Leadership will present awards this year recognizing the valuable contributions to its program by three distinguished community members. The April 15 ceremony also will celebrate business students who have won scholarships and awards.

The 26th Annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, April 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Rasmussen Rotunda of Wheelock Student Center. The press and public are welcome to attend.

The following community awards will be presented by School of Business and Leadership Director Alva Butcher, scholarship committee Chair Lynnette Claire and other faculty members:

Destination Harley Davidson and owner Ed Wallace – Distinguished Corporate Friend
John P. Dickson – Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Rick Brooks ’82 – Distinguished Alumnus

Honors are presented annually by the School of Business and Leadership to selected members of the public who lend their time, knowledge, resources, and experience to enhance students’ academic studies or to provide a vital link between the classroom and the business world. About 60 students in the school will be presented with scholarships and awards, generously funded by individuals, organizations, and foundations.

Ed Wallace is the owner of Destination Harley Davidson, a motorcycle dealership in east Tacoma that holds regular community events such as Taco Thursdays and Sunday barbecues. The company also plays an active part in the local Harley Owners Group. For the past five years Wallace has consistently supported Puget Sound business and leadership students by hosting lectures about small business leadership and by providing insightful tours of his operation. Students seeking interviews for papers or career advice have always found Wallace generous with his time.

Rick Brooks ’82 is chief executive of Zumiez Inc., a retailer specializing in action apparel for sports such as surfing, skating, snowboarding, and motorcross. Everett-based Zumiez has more than 380 stores in 25 states nationwide. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Puget Sound and is currently chair of the college’s board of trustees, where he has served since 2002. Brooks and the Zumiez staff have readily assisted Puget Sound business students and have served as guest speakers in finance classes. Brooks also served as a guest speaker on a panel for the Business Board of Visitors (now the Business Leadership Council).

John P. Dickson, professor emeritus, has provided support to the school as a member of the Business Leadership Council and by helping with the recruitment of mentors for students. He is the sponsor of the John P. Dickson Scholarship and John P. Dickson Scholars for Social Responsibility Award. Both awards take account of business majors’ involvement in university and community volunteer work and place an emphasis on good citizenship.

The School of Business and Leadership Scholarship and Award Committee, which evaluates potential awardees, includes faculty members Lynnette Claire, Lynda Livingston, and Paula Wilson.

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