Student Alumni Associates adviser wins national award

Student Alumni AssociatesAfter winning the best regional sponsor award four times, UT’s Student Alumni Associates (SAA) adviser Mary Holtman-Reed (’68) won the national Outstanding Adviser Award during the Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) national conference.

UT’s SAA hosted representatives from more than 350 colleges during the ASAP national conference in Nashville in early August. ASAP, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), promotes student leadership skills and fosters student involvement in all areas of advancing their university from alumni relations and communications to fundraising and marketing.

Holtman-Reed has mentored many of the best and brightest UT students during her eighteen years as SAA adviser.

Amy Akard Millslagle (‘00), one of the university’s most outstanding young alumni and a 2011 recipient of the UT Knoxville Alumni Promise Award, was the convention’s keynote speaker. Millslagle shared her experiences as marketing director for Dow Chemical’s Olympic Operations. She is responsible for bringing the Dow brand to the worldwide stage, starting with the 2012 Olympics in London.

Due to her academic achievements, service on the UT Senior Gift Steering Committee, and her community involvement as a member of Delta Delta Delta, Millslagle earned a Chancellor’s Leadership Citation. After graduating summa cum laude as one of UT’s top chemical engineering graduates in 2000, she earned an MBA from Harvard University in 2005.

Millslagle served, along with her brother, Brad Akard (’02), as a founding member of the UT Young Alumni Council.

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