2005 William R. Cashen Service award winner
Cathy Persinger graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She is currently a business analyst for the UAF Geophysical Institute.
From 1993-1995 Persinger served as executive director for the UAF Alumni Association. During her tenure at the association she contributed to an expanded alumni network and increased visibility for the organization.
Persinger is best known in alumni circles as the UAF Fairbanks chapter's alumni hamburger booth volunteer coordinator. Each year for the last 10 years she set the tone and established the structure that allowed a successful transition to recruitment of more than 150 volunteer alumni and friends needed to run the burger booth at the Tanana Valley Fair. Persinger's efforts have led to a more streamlined and efficient approach to volunteer recruitment. Since Persinger has been involved the chapter's revenue from the booth has increased and they have established three new scholarships for students. Persinger strives for win-win situations as she supports healthy group collaborations that often spill over to other opportunities to support UAF students and services.
Persinger helped make volunteers feel successful, gain UAF ownership and associate the Alumni Association with "FUN!"
It is with great pleasure that the UAF Alumni Association Fairbanks Chapter awards Cathy Persinger the 2005 William R. Cashen Service Award.