Three Wayland alumni were honored during Homecoming weekend with special awards from the academy—the Young Alumni Award, the Alumni Volunteer Award, and the Distinguished Service Citation.
The Young Alumni Award
acknowledges those who have made an outstanding impact within ten years of their Wayland graduation.This year we honor a young alumna who has begun an impressive career in an exciting and creative field. A hardworking student and athlete for her four years at Wayland, Maggie Jo Sanderson `15
fused her unique perspective with skills in handcrafting to study furniture design at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). Even before graduating from MIAD this past spring, she was making waves: from gallery shows at the Museum of Wisconsin Art to winning Best of Show at the 2018 International Woodworking Fair. She has shown that passion and vision can elevate even everyday objects like desks and dressers into the realm of art. (View her portfolio of work
online.) It is a pleasure to present her the Young Alumni Award in acknowledgement of her success so far, and all the great things she has ahead.
Established by Wayland’s Alumni Association in 2002, the Alumni Volunteer Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose “... loyal and steadfast volunteer efforts on behalf of Wayland enhance the mission of the Academy and the Alumni Association.”
Typically the Distinguished Service Citation is the rarest and last award presented, a culmination of long and dedicated support for Wayland’s mission. This year, we’re doing things differently. In 2009, Richard H. (Dick) Kimberly `54 was recognized for his decades of leadership as a member of the Wayland Board of Trustees–beginning as President of the Alumni Board in 1963, serving as Chair of the Board from 1974 to 1980, taking a few years off then being recognized as Trustee Emeritus in 1986, and actively rejoining the Board in 2002 as Chair until 2008–with a Distinguished Service Citation. He has continued to be an active Trustee, a stalwart voice for Wayland’s future, generous with his time and resources, providing mentorship to other Wayland alumni. For 56 years, he has exemplified the spirit of true volunteerism and we are pleased to present him with this award.
Dick Kimberly was unable to attend Saturday’s dinner, so the award was presented as part of Friday’s Board of Trustees Meeting. His award was announced at the Saturday dinner and met with a round of hearty applause.
The Distinguished Service Citation is the highest honor that Wayland Academy bestows upon an individual. Established in 1961, the award recognizes outstanding service to Wayland. Many of the previous recipients have manifested one or more notable attributes, such as service to education, distinctive achievement in a particular field of endeavor, and service to society in accordance with the principles and traditions of the Academy itself.
Wayland strives to leave a positive impression on each student, and to serve as a home for every alumnus, but it is rare for a graduate to make as much of a mark on the school itself as it has on him. Such is the circumstance with Burnie Sullivan `69. His enthusiasm for Wayland Academy is boundless, sustaining and impactful. Since 1997, he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, providing leadership and encouragement for 22 years on a variety of committees and projects. He is a fixture at on-campus reunions and a generous host of many alumni gatherings in the Twin Cities area since 2001. If you’ve had a chance to talk with him at these events, you know he’s always ready to make you feel welcome and quick to share his deep and abiding support for Wayland’s mission. We recognize his longstanding commitment to the Academy by honoring him with the Distinguished Service Citation.