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Alumni to honor Gene Lucas, Robert and Lynn Koegel and Michael Towbes

The 2011 UCSB Alumni Association Awards Banquet, scheduled for Friday night, April 29, 2011, will honor Gene Lucas, Executive Vice Chancellor for UCSB, Robert and Lynn Koegel of the Koegel Autism Research Center, and Michael Towbes, founder and chair of Montecito Bank & Trust.

Graver Service Award
The Graver Service Award is given to a graduate or former student who has successfully completed 12 quarter hours of work at UCSB or its predecessor institutions (UCSBC, Santa Barbara State College, Santa Barbara State Teachers College) and demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the University through direct and meaningful involvement with Association-related activities.

Gene Lucas, Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara
Gene Lucas, class of 1973, has been a visionary leader at UC Santa Barbara during some of its most difficult challenges. As the chief academic officer on campus he has guided the campus to the highest tiers of research universities from around the world. His work on the Long Range Development Plan has ensured that UC Santa Barbara will be a premier research institution well into the future. In recognition of his service to UC Santa Barbara and the Alumni Association, Gene Lucas has been named the 2011 recipient of the Chuck Graver University Service Award.


Honorary and Distinguished Awards
The Honorary Alumni Award is given to a non-alumnus/alumna of UCSB. The nominee must be a friend of UCSB or its predecessor institutions (UCSBC, Santa Barbara State College, Santa Barbara State Teachers College) whose dedication and commitment has significantly enriched the substance and contributed to the reputation of UCSB as one of the nation's leading universities. The nominee must have attained significant professional or personal accomplishments and demonstrated exceptional integrity and character.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a graduate or former student who has successfully completed 12 quarter hours of work at UCSB or its predecessor institutions (UCSBC, Santa Barbara State College, Santa Barbara State Teachers College). The nominee must have achieved outstanding recognition in his/her field of endeavor.

Robert and Lynn Koegel, Koegel Autism Research Center
Robert and Lynn Koegel launched what is now considered one of the foremost research centers in the world for the study of autism. It has received national recognition from the National Academy of Sciences while working with patients from around the world. Lynn Koegel, Ph.D. class of 1993, has written one of the seminal books on the treatment of autism, "Overcoming Autism." Their center inside the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education is one of the most important training clinics for professionals treating autism around the world. For their service to the greater community and distinguished work Robert Koegel has been named a recipient of an Honorary Alumni Award and Lynn Koegel has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.


Michael Towbes, founder and chair Montecito Bank & Trust
Michael Towbes is a philanthropist whose generosity has had a major impact on the culture and quality of life of the greater Santa Barbara community. A member of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees, Towbes has also been a generous donor to the campus. He has served as a board member and the chair of the UC Santa Barbara-based Economic Forecast Project. In recognition of his philanthropy and contribution to UC Santa Barbara Michael Towbes has been named a recipient of the 2011 Honorary Alumni Award.

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