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President’s Circle Dinner

Gary Abramson, SPA/BA ’68, chairman of the Board of Trustees, stands at left with President’s Award recipient Jack Cassell and Cyrus Ansary Medal recipient Esther Benjamin

Gary Abramson, SPA/BA ’68, chairman of the Board of Trustees, stands at left with President’s Award recipient Jack Cassell, SOC/BA ’77 and Cyrus Ansary Medal recipient Esther Benjamin, SIS/MA ’92, CAS/MA ’95

Alumni who have made major contributions to life at AU gathered at the President’s Circle dinner on Oct. 22, where two accomplished alumni were recognized for outstanding service and achievements.

AU has been part of President’s Award winner Jack Cassell’s life since childhood. His father, Stafford H. “Pop” Cassell ’36, was a legendary teacher, coach, and vice president. The younger Cassell also made AU a part of his adult life as an AU trustee and benefactor, advisor, and friend to AU Athletics.

Esther Benjamin was awarded the Cyrus Ansary Medal for her accomplishments in public service and dedication to improving human conditions through global development initiatives.

This invitation-only annual dinner honors alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who made a contribution of $1,000 or more during the previous fiscal year.