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Shannon L. Alexander Farrar '93

Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award, 1999

Shannon Alexander Farrar's leadership and commitment displayed during her years at Butler has continued and expanded as she has entered the professional world.  A Butler student with vast potential, Shannon is now a Butler alumna fulfilling and exceeding goals of service, professionalism and dedication.

Shannon was a double major in political science and telecommunications with a minor in journalism.  While on campus, she was a JCFA student ambassador, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and a member of the WAJC news staff.  She interned with RVI, a video production company in New York and with Borshoff, Johnson & Co., a major public relations firm in Indianapolis.  She also made time to volunteer with the Mary Riggs Community Center, the YMCA and CASA (Court Appointed Student Advocates).

Starting in 1993 as an account associate with Serafin & Associates (Chicago), Shannon managed press for political campaigns and not-for-profit organizations.  She then assumed the position of program coordinator for The Alford Group, a Chicago-based national consulting firm for not-for-profit organizations, providing consulting for hospitals, universities, cultural organizations and social service organizations.

Currently, Shannon is the manager for corporate and foundation relations at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.  She raises funds for both the Museum's annual fund and restricted projects including exhibits and education outreach programs.

Her spirit of volunteerism continues.  Shannon is involved in the Chicago Alumni Chapter, a tutor and mentor for Chicago public school student through the Fourth Presbyterian Church tutoring program, a member of the Chicago Community Trust Young Leaders, which is a group of 50 young professionals who provide grants for various smaller, not-for-profit organizations in the Chicago area, and a planner for the 1999 Midwest Conference of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.  She also served as a United Cerebral Palsy Junior Board member.

Shannon's continued achievements make her a well-deserving recipient of this honor, and an exciting Butler alumna to watch for future successes.

  Updated 1999