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Adwan, Risser Receive Distinguished Service Awards From Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

November 3, 2011

Dow Hughes, immediate past president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, presents the foundation’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award to trustees Teresa Adwan (center) of TULSA and Les Risser of NORMAN. The pair was recognized at the foundation’s annual meeting for their volunteer work in coordinating and editing a tribute book, “A Man, A Vision, A Reality: The First 25 Years of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.” The book, which was co-edited with foundation executive director Emily Stratton of NORMAN, commemorates the foundation’s 25th anniversary and pays tribute to David Boren, the foundation’s chairman and founder.
Dow Hughes, immediate past president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, presents the foundation’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award to trustees Teresa Adwan (center) of TULSA and Les Risser of NORMAN. The pair was recognized at the foundation’s annual meeting for their volunteer work in coordinating and editing a tribute book, “A Man, A Vision, A Reality: The First 25 Years of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.” The book, which was co-edited with foundation executive director Emily Stratton of NORMAN, commemorates the foundation’s 25th anniversary and pays tribute to David Boren, the foundation’s chairman and founder.

Teresa Adwan of TULSA and Les Risser of NORMAN have been named the recipients of 2011 Distinguished Service Awards from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.

Adwan and Risser, who are both trustees of the foundation, were recognized for their compiling and editing a book commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and paying tribute to its founder and chairman, David L. Boren. The book, titled “A Man, A Vision, A Reality: The First 25 Years of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence,” can be viewed and ordered on the foundation’s website at www.ofe.org. The book was co-edited with foundation executive director Emily Stratton and designed by University of Oklahoma student Courtney Nelson, both of Norman. Past presidents of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence sponsored the project and surprised Boren with the book during the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Academic Awards Banquet in May. The book features more than 200 pages of photos, memories and reflections from foundation leaders, volunteers and beneficiaries.

“Through their talent, dedication, hard work, long hours and love for the project, Teresa and Les created a beautiful book that tells the story of our foundation in a superb way,” said immediate past president Dow Hughes, who made the award presentation. “They captured the stories of so many of the people who have been a part of this organization and have made it what it is today.”

Adwan is a retired Tulsa attorney and a former president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. She has been a member of the foundation’s selection committee for 19 years and was appointed last year to head the committee following the death of longtime committee chair Marian Opala. Risser, a Norman community leader and former University of Oklahoma development director, joined the foundation board in 2004 and has served three times as chair of the foundation’s Academic Awards Banquet.