Saturday, December 16, 2017

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From left to right: Mary Ruth Carleton, Ron Fowler, Betty Peabody, Seraphina Solders and SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. (Credit: Jane K. Smith) From left to right: Mary Ruth Carleton, Ron Fowler, Betty Peabody, Seraphina Solders and SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. (Credit: Jane K. Smith)
 


Ron Fowler Receives Mortar Board Award

The San Diego Padres co-owner was honored for outstanding service.
By Coleen L. Geraghty
 

Ron Fowler, (’05 LHD), whose recent gift to San Diego State University named the Fowler College of Business, received the 2017 Mortar Board Outstanding Service Award at the 27th annual Mortar Board honors reception in March.

Fowler is executive chair and co-owner of the San Diego Padres as well as chair and CEO of Liquid Investments, Inc.

His matching gift to the college challenges the university and its supporters to raise an additional $25 million for the college.

Also honored this year was Iris Engstrand, a professor of history at the University of San Diego.

Five scholarships awarded

The SDSU active chapter of the Mortar Board National Honor Society, together with the Mortar Board alumni chapter of San Diego, co-hosted this year’s event with the University of San Diego.  

Five SDSU Mortar Board student members received scholarships presented by SDSU President Elliot Hirshman and Mary Ruth Carleton, vice president for University Relations and Development.

The five are: Courtney Dickson, who will attend law school; Seraphina Solders, who has been accepted to the University of California, San Diego Ph.D. program in neuroscience; Shannon Yandall de Jesus and Emily Van Etten, both of whom will attend the University of Arizona’s Ph.D. program in clinical psychology; and Megan Isaacson, who plans to earn a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner.

Beginning in 1991, the Mortar Board Alumni Chapter has annually honored Mortar Board alumni and members of the community for their significant contributions to their community, profession or the nation in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service.

Seven former honorees in attendance were recognized, including: Betty Marshall Hubbard, the first recipient of the Mortar Board Distinguished Alumna Award, Jane K. Smith, Judith Lewis Logue, Darlene Gould Davies, Janet Sutter, Ronald R. Young, and Marian Knight Turner.