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Published May 05, 2011, 10:17 PM

Four Receive UND Alumni Achievement Award

Out of around 18,000 graduates from UND's college of education and human development, this year four received a top honor Thursday night.

Out of around 18,000 graduates from UND's college of education and human development, this year four received a top honor Thursday night.

Every year, UND faculty choose graduates to receive the Alumni Achievement Award.

Mark Sanford, a state representative for District 17, is a former superintendent of the Grand Forks Public School District.

Dean Blais, who coached the UND hockey team to two national championships.

Marilyn Guy, president of Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo, and faculty member at Concordia College.

And Earl Beal, a consultant on mental health issues related to victims of trauma, and recently retired as an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology.

Each honoree has a secret to a long-lasting and fulfilling career.

"It's been a joy to go to work, You you have a good cause, everyday when you're working for children," Sanford said.

"We carry a part of everyone that we meet with us through our lives, and that makes us better people," Guy said.

"I would say you need to experiment and test the diferent domains that you feel an interest in, and there are any number of ways in this community and throughout the state of North Dakota that people can volunteer," Beal said.

Coach Blais was unable to attend.

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