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Dear Ms. Barberena,

On behalf of the University of Findlay Alumni Association, congratulations on being selected as a 2024 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

This award is presented to members of the Alumni Association who, by their example, have exhibited the highest standards of individual achievement in professional and personal endeavors; who have demonstrated loyalty and support of this institution, and who, through dedicated service, have contributed to the advancement of all humanity.

We invite you to accept your award and celebrate with us during Homecoming & Family Weekend, September 27 – 29.  Your immediate family will be our guests and we hope you ask your family, friends, and colleagues to share in honoring you at the awards breakfast.  This will be a wonderful weekend for everyone to celebrate with you.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 419-434-4589.  You will also be receiving this information via the mail.  Again, congratulations and we look forward to celebrating with you.

In Oiler Pride,

Lee Ann Ireland

Lee Ann Ireland
Director, The Wolfe Center for Alumni, Parents, and Friends

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Lee Ann Ireland, BA, BS
Director, The Wolfe Center for Alumni, Parents & Friends
Winebrenner Office 219 | Findlay, OH 45840
(614) 561-6536 Cell | (419) 434-4589 Office | Fax (419) 434-4889

Celia's Acceptance Response

Dear Ms Ireland,

It is a distinct honor and personal pleasure to have been selected as a 2024 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.  I accept joyfully.

I will be arriving in Findlay on 9/27 and departing on 9/28 or 9/29.  I would appreciate a recommendation of a hotel where I could stay 2-3 nights.

My grandnephew, Carlos Fernando Barberena, will be accompanying me.  As a college student at this time, I think this function will be inspirational to him.  Of course, the both of us will be delighted to attend the football game.  I remember that many, many years ago, as an enthusiastic Findlay Oiler, I was in the Homecoming Parade.

My grandnephew will be traveling from the Washington D.C. area.  I will make his travel arrangements.  He may leave on Saturday evening or Sunday.  Please send me any information that may be given to the recipients’ family and guests.

I can hardly believe that I arrived in Findlay at the age of 18, knowing as little as a teenager knows, and now, a million years later, I am returning to Findlay having lived a full and wonderful life that got started because of a fine University of Findlay education.  I am most grateful.

Looking forward to meeting you in person, Celia