Locals recognized for service, volunteerism at university
Woodbury residents Connie Kozlak and Dr. Stephen Litton will each receive a University of Minnesota Alumni Association Alumni Service Award at a celebration to be held Oct. 8, as part of the university's homecoming events. The award honors long-time service and a legacy of volunteerism.
Kozlak is being honored for more than a decade of volunteer leadership and service to the Humphrey Institute at the university.
"Connie is an amazing alumni volunteer," said Margaret Sughrue Carlson, chief executive officer of the Alumni Association. "She has contributed an incredible amount of time, wisdom, and talent to the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, and the Alumni Association for many, many years. She has a wonderful passion for her profession, for higher education, and for our great University. We will reap the benefits of Connie's loyalty and generosity for many years to come. She has truly left a volunteer legacy."
Heralding her unique active and effective service to the Humphrey Institute's mentor program, J. Brian Atwood, dean of the Humphrey Institute, said Kozlak "has served as a mentor to masters students for 14 years, served on countless mentor matching committees helping to match students to professional colleagues, and proves strong, consistent career advice to students interested in the planning profession." She also has served two terms on the Humphrey Institute alumni board.
Kozlak is well respected in the planning community and provides an invaluable resource to the Institute's career services operation through her pipeline to planning organizations and agencies for internship and employment opportunities for students, according to Atwood, the person who nominated her for the distinguished award. "She embodies the spirit of alumni support at the Humphrey Institute and the University of Minnesota," he said.
Kozlak works on regional transportation issues for the Metropolitan Council as its manager of transportation systems planning and programming.
Litton is being honored for his volunteer service and leadership to the School of Dentistry at the university.
"Steve is an amazing alumni volunteer," said Margaret Sughrue Carlson, chief executive officer of the Alumni Association. "He has contributed an incredible amount of time, wisdom, and talent to the Humphrey Institute at the university, and the Alumni Association for many, many years. He has a wonderful passion for his profession, for higher education, and for our great university. We will reap the benefits of Steve's loyalty and generosity for many years to come. He has truly left a volunteer legacy."
Heralding Litton's volunteer service to the School of Dentistry, Patrick Lloyd, D.D.S. and dean of the school, said Litton "is a hardworking and extremely dedicated volunteer who leads by example. Even though he maintains a busy orthodontic practice, he finds or makes time to stay active in the myriad professional organizations to which he belongs." Litton has served on numerous committees for the School of Dentistry, from faculty searches to major fundraising campaigns, in addition to two terms on the university's Alumni Association National Board. He is currently president of the School of Dentistry Alumni Society, according to Lloyd.
"Whenever the School of Dentistry calls, Dr. Litton answers the call," said Lloyd. "He is a distinguished graduate of the University of Minnesota and a respected leader and tireless volunteer."
A four-time graduate of the university, Litton maintains a private orthodontic practice in Minneapolis. Throughout his career, he has been a staunch advocate for the School of Dentistry as well as a long list of professional organizations, including the Minnesota Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontics, and Smiles Change Lives/Virginia Brown Orthodontic Partnership.
"Dr. Litton has made a major impact on our program by directly supporting students' education, organizing alumni, and leading with his vision for the future," said Brent Larson, D.D.S., director of the School of Dentistry's Orthodontics Program. "He has made an important difference to a whole generation of graduates."
Information received from the Office of Student Affairs, University of Minnesota.