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K-State alum exec to get Amethyst Award

By The Mercury

Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association, is the first recipient of the Amethyst Award from Kansas State University.

Created to be the most prestigious award granted by the university, the Amethyst Award honors an individual who has rendered extraordinary lifetime service; who goes above and beyond in their daily lives to serve K-State, its faculty, staff, students and mission; and who possesses a deep responsibility for leadership.

“The Amethyst Award recognizes contributions of those who personify the university’s mission of advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation and the international community,” said K-State President Kirk H. Schulz. “Renz’s commitment and passion for K-State and her extraordinary acts of leadership have made a significant impact on our constituents across the globe, and have been instrumental in making the K-State Alumni Association No. 1 in the Big 12.”

A third-generation K-Stater, Renz is a 1976 political science graduate and obtained her master’s in public administration from the university in 1986. She began her career with the Association in 1977 and became President and CEO in 1994.

Renz also is secretary of the Alumni Board of Directors.

Under Renz’s leadership, the K-State Alumni Association has been ranked No.1 in the Big 12 for 16 consecutive years for the percentage of graduates who are members. During her tenure, the Association has established awards for current students, faculty and alumni, and the K-State License Plate program. She spearheaded fundraising efforts for the construction of the K-State Alumni Center, which was dedicated in 2002. The Alumni Center, completely funded by more than 1,500 private donations, reflects K-Staters’ loyalty and pride for the university.

In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, more than 90,000 K-State family members and friends participated in nearly 1,000 association activities offered around the world.

Record fundraising for scholarships also was achieved during the year with more than $228,000 in scholarships being awarded to K-State students through Alumni Association programming.

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