October 8, 2013
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ERIC JOHNSON, Alumni Relations director
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA HONORS ALUMNI WITH AWARDS
DURING HOMECOMING 2013
Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to Murrae N. Freng ’46, George C. Halvorson Jr. ’68, Morris L. Lanning ’66, and Karen (Lattu) Polzin ’77 at the Homecoming Banquet Friday, Oct. 11.
Freng enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a band and choral conductor in Brooten and Alexandria, Minn., high schools. He also served as executive director of the Minnesota State High School League for 15 years and was a leader in instituting gender equity and the evolution of high school women’s athletics in Minnesota.
Halvorson is chairman and former chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nonprofit health plan and hospital system. He chaired the World Economic Forum’s Health Governors meetings in Davos, Switzerland, and is the author of several guidebooks on healthcare reform. He’s also served as advisor to foreign governments on issues of health policy and financing.
Lanning served Concordia College for nearly 40 years as the primary advocate for students as dean of students. He also lived a life of public service, including serving as mayor of Moorhead and as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Most recently he sponsored legislation that enabled state participation in building a new multi-use Vikings stadium.
Polzin enjoyed a successful 33-year career at Cargill where she held many high-level leadership roles. During her tenure, she was the controller of their global grain and oilseed businesses and a lead controller over many North American businesses. She is a longstanding volunteer at the Plymouth Christian Youth Center in Minneapolis and has also served in a variety of capacities on behalf of the college as a member of the advisory board for the Offutt School of Business.
Chosen by the National Alumni Board, the Alumni Achievement Award is given to alumni who have exemplified the ideals of Concordia College through outstanding service and leadership in their profession, community and church.