December 1, 2005
WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Longtime Whitman College Health Center employee
Kathy Ruggeri, RN, was among the outstanding and dedicated individuals recognized for their community service and contributions at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
annual awards banquet Wednesday evening (Nov. 30).
Ruggeri, who has been a friendly face and compassionate nurse to Whitman
students for more than 20 years, has been an active participant and volunteer
in the Walla Walla
community as well. Whitman president George Bridges presented a tearful Ruggeri with the
college's Town and Gown Award, which has been given annually since 1961 to a Whitman faculty or staff member who has
made substantial contributions of service to the Walla Walla area.
President Bridges cited Ruggeri for her care and compassion in
taking care of Whitman's students over the years, while extending a loving spirit and sense of compassion
to the entire Walla Walla community. “I thank Kathy for
making such important contributions to the Walla Walla community, and for representing
Whitman so well.” said Bridges. “I have learned in a short time that Whitman
people take the Walla Walla
community to heart, and I’m pleased to be part of a college that fosters this
kind of caring and commitment.”
Ruggeri's numerous community involvements include the Humane Society, where she both serves on
the board and volunteers her time caring for animals. She is a docent for the Carnegie Art Center,
giving talks about the arts to local school children; and she has served as a
volunteer for Hospice, Heart to Heart, Catholic Charities, YWCA and the YMCA.
She is an active member of the Assumption
Church and regularly
supports its many programs, including school fundraisers, St. Patrick's Day
luncheons and the DeSales Hope dinners.
CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College
News Service, (509) 527-5156