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Philanthropic Innovator Chosen for Commencement Address

2005. 05. 18.

CALDWELL (Idaho)- Members of the class of 2005 have chosen philanthropist Teresa Heinz to deliver the commencement address during Albertson College of Idaho's 114th commencement ceremony.

Teresa Heinz, currently the chairman of The Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Philanthropies, will address the class of 2005 during commencement exercises on June 4 at 10 a.m. in the Morrison Quadrangle.

Heinz has brought attention to issues of the environment, education, young children, the arts, women's issues and health care. It was this work that inspired student leaders to invite her to speak during this year's commencement celebration.

'We know that Teresa Heinz is a well-respected leader, advocating social progress and change. She represents the extraordinary things that a person can accomplish if one focuses their energies,' CofI student body president and graduating senior Jordan Komoto said. 'Her passion in life is using her talents in the service of others and we are honored to have her speak at our commencement.'

In recent years, Teresa Heinz has been recognized for her good works. In 2001 she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003 she was presented with the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal for Humanitarianism and received the World Ecology Award from the International Center for Tropical Ecology.

In addition to the invitation to speak, Heinz will be awarded an honorary degree from the college. She will not be alone in the honor. Albertson College will also confer an honorary degree upon noted Idaho arts supporter Esther Simplot.

Albertson College of Idaho is the state's oldest and longest continuously accredited private, residential liberal arts institution. With an average class size of 10, students receive personal attention from faculty members dedicated to teaching. CofI was recently named a 'Best Value' by the Princeton Review and was ranked 11th in the nation by the same publication for Professors Bring Material to Life. CofI recently received a $17 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

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