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September 30, 2005
University of Dubuque Honors Alumni/ae


Saturday, October 8, 2005 the University of Dubuque will honor five outstanding alumni/ae- Dan C. Frump (C'63), Douglas J. Horstmann (C'75), Dr. Susan H. Senft (C'75), and Dr. Wilfred G. Sawyier (C'45) - as a part of the 2005 Homecoming Celebration.

2005 Volunteer Recognition Award
Awarded to University of Dubuque alumnus /alumna for outstanding contributions to the University in a volunteer capacity.

Dan Frump (C'63)
Dan Frump continues to make a positive impact in his community no matter where he lives. Since graduation from the University of Dubuque in 1963, Dan has worked for Whirlpool Corporation, Litton Microwave, the Toro Company and CTS Corp in production management and human resource positions and also started a licensed Employment Search Firm in 1985.

Dan's boundless energy has kept him just as busy outside his office as inside. He has served as section chair for United Way in Evansville, IN, on the church board at Central Presbyterian in Henderson, KY as both deacon and elder, and on the search committee for a new pastor.

For the past 42 years his genuine passion and enthusiasm for a variety of causes makes Dan a highly prized volunteer and leader for many organizations including: Buffalo Youth Hockey Board, little league football, the Private Industry Council, St. Paul's Lutheran Church Council and Minneapolis Area Synod Council.

Currently, Dan serves on the District 877 Foundation Board, which annually raises and awards more than $30,000 in college scholarships to Buffalo High School graduates. He just finished serving six years on the University of Dubuque Alumni Board including two years as the President of the Board. We thank Dan for his leadership and commitment to his Alma Mater.

After graduating from UD, Dan earned his MBA at Indiana University. Dan is very proud of his seven years of military service in the United States Army Reserve. His most notable accomplishment is sending three children to private colleges and seeing them graduate.


2005 Service to Community Award
Awarded to an alumnus/alumna of the University of Dubuque who has demonstrated a clear commitment to serving the community through notable volunteerism, an outstanding act of selflessness, or a demonstrated pattern of service to humanity.

Douglas J. Horstmann (C'75)
Douglas J. Horstmann has made a life of dedicated service to the Dubuque community and anyone who knows him will tell you he is always on the go. Upon graduation from UD, Doug earned an MBA from Drake University and then worked as a Bank Examiner for three years after which he gained employment at Dubuque Bank and Trust Company (DB&T). At DB&T, he has served as Executive Vice President, Senior Lender and currently is President and Chief Executive Officer.

With Doug's ever increasing experience and knowledge, he became a valuable UD board member and community leader. Doug has served on many professional boards including: The Finley Health Foundation, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors at the First Congregational UCC Church. He was also President and member of West Dubuque Jaycees, a member of Dubuque Senior High Education Foundation and a past member of UD Alumni Committee.
Doug's credits do not stop there. He has served on the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and NE Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America. He currently keeps very busy as the President of the Dubuque Community School District Board, serves on the Finley Hospital Board of Directors and is a Class Steward for UD Class of 1975.

Doug's most memorable UD moments are meeting his wife, Karen (Ranalletta) Horstmann C76, being associated with the Thirteeners fraternity and serving on the Student Government Association. Doug is most proud of raising two wonderful daughters and being married to Karen for 30 years.


2005 Alumnus of Distinction Award
Awarded to alumnus/alumna of the University of Dubuque - College or Seminary- who have distinguished themselves in service to the whole church and/or world.

Wilfred Sawyier (C'45)
They broke the mold when they made Wilfred Sawyier- a man who has dedicated his life not
only to his church and his country, but also to his alma mater, the University of Dubuque. Following his UD graduation, Wilfred earned a master's degree from McCormick Theological Seminary and later a Ph.D. in counseling from Michigan State University. Wilfred enrolled as a V-12 member in U.S. Navy, was the campus pastor at Ohio State University and has served part-time as interim supply pastor and moderator in some 20 churches.

Wilfred's achievements do not end there as he is a man of infinite energy and passion. He has sung with opera and light opera groups, as well as several symphonies and is a lifetime member of the American Legion. Currently, Wilfred is a member of the American Psychological Society, the Presbytery of Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Council for International Visitors, the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association, the St. Andrew Society and the Sandia Civitan Club - all at 80 years old! A small-town church in Cuba, N.M. is currently blessed to have Wilfred serve as pastor.

A few paragraphs cannot do justice to all of Wilfred's work, accomplishments, and the lives he has touched. Wilfred is most proud to note he has been to seven continents and 80 countries in his lifetime. He has served many community organizations including New Mexico Adoption Agency, the Chaparral Agency, the New Mexico Travelers Assistance and Encino House. Wilfred served at two prisons in Michigan as well as the Maximum Security Mental Institution. He has also been the chaplain at the Juvenile detention center with the Albuquerque Police Department.

Wilfred's personal highlights include his wife, Marlene, of 28 years, five children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The most notable accomplishment for Wilfred is that he has touched thousands of lives through his leadership with the Presbyterian Church, TVI-A Community College, the University of New Mexico, private counseling and in many community groups.


2005 Professional Achievement Award
Awarded to a University of Dubuque alumnus/alumna after 15 years of graduation for significant contributions and achievement in his/her chosen professional field.

Susan Senft M.D. (C'75)
Life-long learning is more than a phrase to Dr. Susan Senft; it is a way of life. Upon graduation from UD, Susan attended and graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She then held an internship at St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology in Houston, TX and fulfilled her fellowship at Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since 1995, Susan has been self-employed as a comprehensive ophthalmologist at Island Eye Care in Kailua-Kona and Honokaa, Hawaii.

Above and beyond is another phrase that describes Susan's way of life. She is currently President of the Hawaii Ophthalmological Society and previously held the offices of Vice President and Secretary. Susan has volunteered for general surgical and pediatric ophthalmology with S.E.E International Georgetown and Moruca, Guyana, as well as in Plovdiv and Sofia, Bulgaria. Susan gives all of herself in her volunteer work which includes being the surgical general ophthalmologist with Benevolent Missions International Program, Puntareanas, Costa Rica, pediatric ophthalmology Project Nicaragua in Chinandega, Nicaragua and director of Retinoblastoma Clinic/Group- King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital- Riyadh Saudi Arabia.

One of Susan's most notable accomplishments is volunteering in remote, developing countries on surgical eye expeditions, sharing knowledge, teaching ophthalmology and making a difference in the quality of people's lives, one person at a time. She has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals, speaks frequently at international meetings and serves on the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Society Foundation for Pediatric Cataract Surgery in the Developing World. Susan holds several memberships in her field including Fellow American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pan American Ophthalmic Society and Tumor Board/King Khaled Specialist Hospital just to name a few.

Susan is most passionate about her work, sharing her life with friends and her 16 year old purebred Persian Chinchilla cat who was born in Saudi Arabia. Her most memorable moments at UD were the science fieldtrips and the wonderful teachers who motivated and encouraged her to pursue goals in the sciences.


The University of Dubuque is a private, coeducational, professional university with a focus in the liberal arts. Our commitment to encouraging students to explore their fullest potential is part of a rich Christian heritage that dates back to the University's founding in 1852.