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Outstanding Service Award

Robert Nygaard

Bob has taken on many tasks that are above and beyond the expectations of a Sports Information Director. Thanks to Bob, the addition of numerous display areas and logos, created a real Bulldog flavor to the DECC. He was also part of the organizing committee for the 2003 NCAA Women's Frozen Four Ice Hockey Tournament. Bob was assigned to head two units (marketing and media relations) while also overseeing (television production). The fact that the Frozen Four was such a rousing success made the countless hours Bob and others spent tending to all their responsibilities a most worthwhile effort.

In 1999, Bob spearheaded the department's acquisition of a two-mile stretch of road in the "Adopt-a-Highway" Program. Bob continues to round up volunteers (including himself) every spring for clean up chores. Two years ago, Bob founded the Shjon Podein Community Service Award. This award annually recognizes the UMD student athlete who best exemplifies leadership and qualities on and off the field of play and has made noteworthy humanitarian contributions in the Duluth and university communities.

In 2004-05, Bob spearheaded the "Adopt-A-School" program which matches each of our 14 men's and women's athletic teams with a Duluth public elementary school. Each athlete is asked to volunteer at least five hours at his/her adopted school in a variety of capacities -- reading partner, playground monitor, physical education class helper, mentor, school carnival aid, etc.

It is for Bob’s overwhelming contributions and concern for UMD and the community that we present him with this award.

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