ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD
When Mitzi Short stepped on the Davidson campus in the fall of 1979, she was a force with which to be reckoned. Her natural enthusiasm and tenacity made her stand out among her peers in her Davidson career. She was involved with the Davidson Gospel Choir and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Recognized for her insight and honest opinions, she was appointed to the Presidentšs Advisory Committee on Minorities. Her leadership skills were recognized through her work as hall counselor. She was a student trainer, played guard on the womenšs varsity basketball team, and helped the field hockey team advance to the NAIA Championships as its goalie, her first foray into the sport!
After graduating from Davidson, Mitzi worked for the Procter & Gamble Company before joining the Pepsi Cola Company in sales and marketing, where she has risen through the ranks to her current position as General Manager of the Portland/Salem markets in Oregon. Her leadership skills have been recognized at Pepsi and in her community. She received one of Pepsišs first eleven "Right Side Up" Leadership Awards. She is a classroom consultant and board member for Junior Achievement and was selected to participate in Seattlešs 1995-96 Community Leadership Development Program. She has been recognized twice as an Outstanding Young Woman in America.
It is only natural that Mitzišs leadership skills would draw her into additional service to Davidson, but her service is more impressive since she has done it from so far away! Mitzi has volunteered with the Davidson Alumni Admission Program and as an Annual Fund class agent, hosted alumni events, and participated in early development discussions about the Love of Learning Program. Mitzi lent her talents to the steering committee for the Alumnae Scholarship for Women and as a panelist for the 25th Anniversary of Coeducation. She was elected Vice President of the Alumni Association. In 1993, Mitzi received the Alumni Associationšs Young Alumni Service Award.
Mitzi has been devoted to the Davidson Black Alumni Network. She was a member of the first-ever DBAN Reunion committee in 1984 and of the 1991 committee which developed the DBAN Scholarship. When the revitalization of DBAN began two years ago, Mitzi was the obvious person to co-chair it. Her leadership has brought focus and energy to the effort.
Because you have delighted in your service to Davidson and encouraged others to do the same, because you inspire others to your same high standard of service, and because you always answer alma materšs call with enthusiasm, the Alumni Association proudly presents you, Mitzi Short, Class of 1983, with its Alumni Service Award on the occasion of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Reunion, April 15, 2000.
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