Outstanding Service Award
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.