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Each Spring the Academy for Lifelong Learning honors group or individual that has made significant contributions to the Academy.  This award is given in memory of Dr. Earl F. Kauffman who 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. 


The Academy presents the Earl Kauffman Award annually to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the organization.   This year's honoree is Kathy Schulz.

Kathy Schulz photoKathy was born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee where she earned a degree in Journalism.  She began her journalistic career at the Post Crescent newspaper in Appleton, WI.  Kathy left the work-force to raise her children, but during that time she was very involved in Girl Scouting in New York and published a book about it.

Kathy and her husband Jack will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in January of 2012.   They have three children, Elizabeth, Susan, and Thomas, and are proud to have eight grandchildren.   Kathy was quite pleased that Susan and Tom were able to attend the Kauffman award luncheon to share in honoring their mother.

Kathy and Jack moved from Nyack, NY to Aiken's Cedar Creek development in 2001, which is when they joined the Academy.  Since then, Kathy has served the Academy in many capacities, including being a member of the Board for six years. She is a long term and continuing member of the Curriculum Committee, serving as its Chairperson for two years, and is entering her fourth year as Chairperson of the Membership Committee.   She and Jack were instrumental in creating the Academy's popular Fall Steeplechase social event, and has continued to organize it annually.   As a Cedar Creek resident, she acts as liaison with Cedar Creek for the classes held there.  She participated in last years committee which updated our Bylaws and Operating Procedures.  And somehow, with all this, she still finds time to set up our Holiday Luncheon.

Kathy obviously has been, and continues to be, a great asset for the Academy, and is well deserving of this, the highest honor the Academy has to bestow.

Photo: Kathy receiving the award
Past President Vince Coughlin presents
the 2011 Kauffman Award to Kathy Schulz