Awards of Distinction

Awards of Distinction

The University of Redlands Town & Gown invites the campus community and citizens of Redlands to join them in recognizing four esteemed individuals with the Award of Distinction at the Golden Age of Town & Gown Award of Distinction event Feb. 1 at Orton Center.

Through their tireless efforts, commitment, selflessness and generosity, these awardees have made and continue to make an impact in their areas of influence. It is an honor for Town & Gown to present the Award of Distinction to:

Art Svenson

Art is known for passionately challenging and engaging his students in learning at the University of Redlands. He has been named Professor of the Year twice, in 1992 and 2013, and is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. He received the Fulbright Scholar Award in 2010 which afforded him the opportunity to teach American Government and Constitutional Law at Renmin University in China.

Art enjoys another career as a professional violinist, and is a longtime performer with several regional orchestras including the Redlands Symphony. He and his family are active members of their community who participate in a variety of charitable organizations.

Kate Salvesen ’77, ’97

Kate believes that a business has a responsibility to its employees to be supportive of the communities where they exist. As president of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Kate is able to support organizations including Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House, Family Service Association, Spark of Love Toy Drive, Santa Claus Inc., Lighthouse for the Blind, and Children’s Fund.

Kate also serves the community as a member of the board for the Boys and Girls Club. During her tenure as president, the Boys and Girls Club saw its number of kids served rise from 1,100 to over 2,200 annually. She serves as the organization's chairman of the Chocolate Fantasy and Masquerade fundraisers.

She also serves on the Redlands Community Hospital Board of Directors where she is the chairman of Patient Care Committee.

Kate has two daughters with whom she has shared her passion for service and lifelong learning while inspiring them to greatness along the way.

Tim Rochford

Tim’s passion for philanthropy began as a sixth-grade student at Franklin Elementary School when an anonymous donor awarded him a YMCA membership which gave him the opportunity to see outside the boundaries of his neighborhood. Tim is now the CEO of Ring Energy and founder of the Rochford Foundation.

In 2007, Tim purchased the Burrage Mansion with the sole intention of sharing it with the youth of Redlands and its surrounding areas as a sanctuary for children—a place to dream, grown and be inspired.

He is committed to the betterment of youth, working with the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands, Redlands Family YMCA, Micah House, and CASA of San Bernardino County.

Al Hernandez

Al believes that a citizen and a business owner has a responsibility to the community where they live and do business. As co-owner of Citrograph Printing Co. on State Street, the oldest business in Redlands and the oldest continuously running print shop in California, Al lives out that belief through service to many organizations including Redlands Community Foundation, Redlands Sunrise Rotary, the former Downtown Redlands Business Association, Family Service Association of Redlands and serves on boards at Valley Preparatory School and Cal State San Bernardino.

With his partner Ryan Bailey, Al started the Citrograph Scholarship Fund to raise money for scholarships to be awarded to students majoring in business, music and graphic design. The duo has now grown the fund into the Citrograph Foundation, which will continue to raise money for scholarships while exploring other philanthropic ventures.

At the event, Town & Gown will also present four Community Service Learning Faculty Grants and introduce some of this year's Town & Gown Scholarship recipients.

The evening of honors will be offered in the spirit of 1930s Hollywood with entertainment by Renee Rojanaro and her band with dancing after the program. Period attire is encouraged. Cocktail attire is also appropriate.

Register for the event or get more information by calling Dena Gilbert in Alumni Relations at 909-748-8144.


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