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Friday, August 20, 2004

A dedicated Athletics volunteer has been named USI’s 2004 Volunteer of the Year

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A dedicated Athletics volunteer has been named USI’s 2004 Volunteer of the Year, the highest volunteer honor awarded by the University.

For 16 years Mark J. Altstadt has given outstanding service to the USI community. He served as the 2000-01 chairman of the Varsity Club Board of Directors, has been a board member for nine years, and donates endless hours of service to the club’s committees and events.

“Mark is one of the first to volunteer for the Varsity Club, whatever the event or activity, said Rick Herdes, USI men’s basketball coach. “His exceptional dedication is obvious to all the coaches and athletic staff as well as the Varsity Club membership.”

Altstadt serves as chair of the Varsity Club Golf Scramble. He also volunteers his time to support the club’s Steak Fry ’n Auction, Fall Festival booth, Appreciation Night, and the Varsity Club Room.

With 256 accumulated volunteer hours since July 1, 1996, Altstadt is the University’s eighth Volunteer of the Year. He and his wife Brenda ’82 own Altstadt Office City. They reside in Evansville, are the parents of five children including two USI graduates, and have one grandchild.

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented August 19 at the Volunteer USI Recognition Dinner. Nearly 430 individuals who donated 20 or more hours of service to the University last year also were honored. Sandi L. Lawrence received the University’s first Volunteer Inspiration Award.

Volunteers donated a combined 96,563 hours of service to USI in 2003-04. In the eight years USI has formally tracked volunteer service, the total has reached 654,860, which calculated at the national volunteer wage, totals $10.8 million in volunteer service donated to USI since 1996.

The Volunteer USI Recognition Dinner is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Volunteer Services.

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