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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Jack Burgdorf is USI's Volunteer of the Decade

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In honor of Volunteer USI’s 10th anniversary, the Volunteer USI Council and the Office of Volunteer and Alumni Services named Jack Burgdorf the Volunteer of the Decade at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner on September 27.

Burgdorf was nominated for the award by Rick Herdes, men’s basketball coach, and Sandy Hatfield, former Varsity Club secretary. Hatfield said, “Any time I needed help, Jack was only a phone call away and always available to do any job that needed to be done. He is mechanically gifted, and happy to step in and volunteer on a project.”

Burgdorf almost single-handedly installed new bleachers at the USI baseball field, Hatfield said, and crafted wooden tee boxes and tees for the Varsity Club Golf Scramble, one of the club’s three major fund-raisers. He chairs the committee that maintains and acquires sponsor signs for the golf scramble, oversees the placement of the signs on the course, and removes them at the end of the day. He also organizes the putting contest.

He helped build the Varsity Club’s West Side Nut Club Fall Festival food booth; transports it to and from West Franklin Street each year; and volunteers as a “day chairman,” grilling steaks and chops during the festival. His total reported volunteer hours since 1996 are 1,169.

“Jack is just a great guy and a real support for things that need to be done,” Hatfield said.

Herdes said, “In addition to attending most basketball games both home and away, Jack and his wife Bert are frequently at the PAC for volleyball games. They will be at baseball and softball enjoying the games or helping out in the concession stands when asked. Cross country and tennis teams have also been the beneficiary of Jack’s aid and talents. The Burgdorfs are great fans of all our student athletes.”

The Burgdorfs also support intramural sports. They sponsor a hole on the Disc Golf Course and assist in all facets of the Welcome Fun Fest during Welcome Week and the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Awards Program at the end of the year.

Ruth Waller, intramural recreational sports director, said, “They are avid supporters of my program and have been for years. They are just two wonderful, hardworking, and supportive people.”

The Burgdorfs established two endowed scholarships for female students: The Burgdorf Screaming Eagle Scholarship and the Frances H. and Guy Q. Cornell, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. An endowment provides for the scholarship to be awarded in perpetuity.

Their son and daughter-in-law are both employed by the University. Gary Burgdorf is construction administrator and his wife Carol Burgdorf is senior administrative assistant in Security.

Also honored at the ceremony were Larry and Barbara Shelton, the 2007 Volunteers of the Year, who contributed a combined 1,700 volunteer hours to Athletics, and USI Habitat for Humanity, 2007 Student (Organization) Volunteer of the Year.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
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