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Rudolph named Volunteer of the Year

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Laura Rudolph, director of Community Outreach for Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, was named the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year during its annual banquet Saturday, Feb. 4.

Rudolph is a three-time recipient of the award, having previously been named Volunteer of the Year in 1998 and 2011. She shares this year’s award with two other nominees, Veronica Post and Bill Murray, vice president of Simmons First National Bank.

Rudolph, who is married to Computer Information Systems Chair Kale Rudolph and a mother of three, said she is “honored” to receive the award.

“Volunteerism is the act of selflessly giving your life to something you believe, free of pay, and my community involvement has been a lifelong commitment,” she said. “Ozark is a wonderful place to call home and to raise a family. I look forward to working even more in the future to help make a difference.”

Rudolph has served on the chamber’s Ambassador’s and Education committees, and is currently or has previously served on the following boards or civic organizations: Altus Area Sunset Rotary Club, Franklin County CHOICES Coalition Board, Franklin County Single Parent Scholarship fundraising committee, Keep Ozark Beautiful and Kiwanis Club.

Tony Wilson, member services/key accounts for Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, said, “Laura Rudolph is always willing to devote her time and talents to assist in community events. She is committed to this community and serves on many committees and boards.

“She was instrumental to the success of the 2011 Beauties and the Beads fundraiser for the Franklin County Single Parent Scholarship Fund. For her dedication and hard work, I would like to personally thank her for her assistance on this important annual fundraiser.”