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PSU Salutes!
Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 12:00am

2010 PSU Salutes recipients to be honored on February 18, 2010.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
ANTONIO D'AURIA ’02ANTONIO D'AURIA ’02, Political Science; Founder, Sky of Love
A flight attendant, every week with his job he flies to Ghana, in West Africa, where he helps the children of a local orphanage, bringing them donations of all kinds and using different resources to improve their living conditions. A few years ago he was mentoring a single child through the Big Brother Big Sister program, but a visit to Osu Children's Home on a working layover inspired D'Auria to establish Sky of Love and champion the needs of underprilivledged and vulnerable children. He is now a mentor and father figure to hundreds of children left parentless by poverty and diseases.

Distinguished Alumni Award
PAUL DE MUNIZ ’72, SociologyPAUL DE MUNIZ ’72, Sociology; Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
The first Hispanic American elected to the Oregon Supreme Court says it would be a stretch to say he ever dreamed of being head of Oregon's judiciary branch of government and feels humbled by the opportunity. "Every day I'm thankful to be a member of the legal profession. I believe it's the cornerstone of our democracy, and one of my goals is to continue to protect the public's access to impartial courts."

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
DENNIS KEENAN ’72, MSW Social WorDENNIS KEENAN ’72, MSW Social Work; Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Oregon
Dignity is a word that comes up over and over again when you talk to Dennis Keenan. As the Executive Director for Catholic Charities since 1989, Keenan has built an organization from a small social service agency with four staff, to an organization of 150 employees and 11 programs that meet a diverse range of unmet needs in the community. Protecting and supporting the dignity of all people is the driving value behind his work.

Outstanding International Alumni Award
MARISA LINO '71MARISA LINO '71, Political Science; former U.S. diplomat
Marisa Lino, is the first woman from Portland State to serve in the U.S. diplomatic corps.  She  had a nearly 30-year distinguished career in the Foreign Service, part of the U.S. Department of State. Born in Trieste (formerly a U.N. territory after WWII but now a part of Italy), she served with the U.S. Department of State with postings in Albania, Italy, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia and Peru. She was U.S. Ambassador to Albania between 1996 and 1999, and with ambassadorial rank, as the Senior Negotiator in the Political Military Bureau at the State Department.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
Dr. Toeutu Faaleava, MPA, JD, PhDTOEUTU FAALEAVA, MPA, JD, PhD; outstanding teacher and leader
Says a student of Dr. Faaleava, "Toeutu Faaleava has been one of the most encouraging faculty members I have encountered during the course of my entire college career. I first met Toeutu as a McNair scholar. As a first generation student, I was intimidated by the process of how to proceed further than my undergraduate degree. Under his tutelage and with the gentle guidance provided by the McNair program, I feel fully prepared to meet the challenge of continuing my education towards my goal of being a teacher."

PSU Salutes, the Alumni Association's awards recognition event, celebrates the outstanding achievements of alumni, faculty, and students of Portland State University. Held in February, the event recognizes the contributions of our alumni, faculty, and students to the university, to their professions, and to the greater community. PSU Salutes is sponsored by the PSU Alumni Association. For more information contact Sara Haley 503.725.9833 or shaley@pdx.edu