EARL F. KAUFFMAN RECOGNITION DAY AND AWARD

Every Spring the Academy for Lifelong Learning holds a Remembrance Day to honor the memory of Dr. Earl F. Kauffman.  Dr. Kauffman was one of the individuals most responsible for the creation of the Academy for Lifelong Learning back in 1989.  (To learn more about Dr. Kauffman and the founding of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, please see our Early History document.)

Each year on Kauffman Remembrance Day an award is given in Dr. Kauffman's memory, to recognize a group or individual that has made significant contributions to the Academy.  This recognition has been given annually since 1992, just three years after the Academy's founding.

The Kauffman Luncheon is held in April and is funded via an endowment created by USCA Professor James Kauffman in memory of his father.  All Academy members are mailed invitations and are encouraged to attend.  An RSVP is required for event planning purposes.


2016 KAUFFMAN AWARD PRESENTED TO NANCY MEINHARDT

Nancy lived in Chicago her entire life prior to moving to Aiken seven years ago.  She received her formal education at Chicago's Roosevelt University where she graduated with a major in Communications.

Nancy met her eventual husband John when both worked for the Quaker Oats company.  Later, Nancy worked as Customer Service Supervisor for American Express Travel Related Services, then held various positions including Human Resources Specialist for defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation.

The Meinhardts purchased property in Aiken in 2007, built their dream house, and moved here in 2009.  They joined the Academy in 2010 soon after arriving here.

Nancy and John quickly became active members of the Academy’s Curriculum Committee and served together as Curriculum Co-Chairs for the 2012-2013 academic year as well as representing the Committee on the Academy Board for that year.

John and Nancy Meinhardt

For the last two years, Nancy has been back on the Board as Public Relations Chair (now renamed Publicity Chair).  Her efforts over the past two years have resulted in more than twenty well-written articles about the Academy being published in The Aiken Standard and other area periodicals such as Life in Woodside Plantation magazine.  Her submissions, which shared information on both class schedules and specific class activities, included many of her photographs and have both augmented community awareness of the Academy and helped increase Academy enrollment.

When not working on her Academy activities, Nancy's hobbies include reading, collecting Royal memorabilia and travel.

Nancy is a highly motivated and dedicated worker who is very deserving of the Academy’s Kauffman Award for outstanding service.

Nancy Meinhardt receives the Academy for Lifelong Learning's Kauffman Award for 2016 from Past President Carl Fields.




Prior Recipients
2015  Laura Anderson &
Mary Anne Cavanaugh
2014  Dick Baxter
2013 
Dr. Deidre Martin
2012 Vince Caughlin
2011 Kathy Schultz
2010 Doug Wilson
2009 
Mike Lythgoe
2008 
Chuck Braun
2007 
LouAnn Ainsworth
2006 
Ray Wright
2005 
Adele O'Connell
2004 
William Scott
2003 
Joan Lacombe
2002 
Arlene Lane
2001 
Ellizabeth Hutchins
2000 
Beecher Morton
1999 
Bob Alexander
1998 
Jean Haynes
 1997 
Barbara Randall
 1996 
(data lost)
 1995 
George Gaudaen
 1994 
Linda Holmes
 1993 
Connie Dunbar
 1992 
Kim Wood Woeber