b'Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus AwardSince 1938, the University and the Alumni Association have presented an award to a former University of Washington student whose work has attained national or international prominence. The Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus award, which means alumnus worthy of the highest praise, is the highest honor bestowed by the University. The recipient is selected by a committee of University faculty and alumni.Today we add to the long and distinguished list of individuals who have received this award the name of Larry Gossett, a respected community leader and activist who served on the King County Council for 27 years.While enrolled at the University of Washington, Mr. Gossett spent a year in Harlem with Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA). He co-founded the Universitys Black Student Union and helped organize nearly a dozen high school, middle school and collegiate black student unions throughout the Seattle area. Mr Gossetts efforts helped establish a Black Studies Program on campus and he was the first UW student to graduate with a degree in African American Studies.In 1982, Mr. Gossett founded the Minority Executive Directors Coalition. He served as the Executive Director for the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP), providing job assistance, a food bank and programs for at-risk youth, from 1979 to 1993, when he was elected to the King County Council. As a councilman, Mr. Gossett dedicated his time to the reformation of the criminal justice system, better public transportation and job opportunities for the poor and minorities. In 1999, he led the effort to honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by naming King County after Dr. King and changing the county logo to his image.As a community activist, he traveled to Japan, Canada, Russia, and Nicaragua. He represented the King County Council on various trade missions to many countries in Asia (India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and South Korea), several countries in South America and South Africa, and in Kent County in England.Over a career spanning 45 years, Mr. Gossett has been an honored and effective public servant, advocating for the underrepresented and underprivileged in King County and for programs that help inner-city youth and reduce racial and class disparities.Presidents MedalistsThe Presidents Medal is presented annually by the University of Washington president to graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records in their class. On the Seattle campus, one medal is given to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of their degree requirements at the University of Washington. The other is given to a student who entered the University with at least 60 transfer credits from a Washington community college.This years medalists are Esaac Mazengia, of Shoreline, Washington, who is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & ResourceManagement, and Elizabeth Ann Yuki Lee, of Woodinville, Esaac Mazengia Elizabeth Ann Yuki LeeWashington, who is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. 7 '