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FGCU Alumni Association Presents Former Sanibel Mayor "Alumni of Distinction Society" Award

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Association Board of Directors recently presented the "Alumni of Distinction Society" award to 2002 FGCU graduate Nola Theiss, former mayor and resident of Sanibel.

Each year, the FGCU Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes one distinguished graduate of FGCU into the Alumni of Distinction Society. This is the highest award presented to a most deserving graduate. Theiss is the fifth recipient of the award.

The criteria for this award include a distinguished professional career, recognition in the community for service to others and dedicated service to the University.

Theiss received a Master in Public Administration from FGCU in 2002. During her service on the Sanibel City Council from 1998 to 2003, she developed the existing Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Sanibel and FGCU.

In addition to her achievements as an elected official, Theiss is the founder of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships Inc. Her dedication has brought the issue of human trafficking to the forefront of public awareness, returning most recently from the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking in Vienna, Austria.

This year's Alumni of Distinction Society recipient has been recognized by the Fort Myers News-Press in their "People to Praise" feature and by the National Association of Social Workers as the 2008 Florida Public Citizen of the Year.

For more information, media representatives should contact director of Alumni Relations Lindsey Touchette at (239) 590-1016.

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