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Art Buswell Public Service Award

2014 Recipient: Sarah Walker

We would like to congratulate Sarah Walker on winning the Art Buswell Memorial Award. This award was created in memory of Mr. Buswell, who exemplified altruism to his very core. We believe Sarah and the other nominees embodied that same attribute well, but Ms. Walker went above and beyond the call of duty in every volunteer assignment she took on. Congratulations again to Sarah and the other nominees!

Dr. Arthur “Art” Buswell was a distinguished educator and public service volunteer extraordinaire from 1922-2005.  He had a prominent career at the University of Alaska as a Professor of Horticulture and later as Vice President of the Universities Public Service. Following that career he became President of University of Maine at Machias. He retired and returned to Alaska in 1984.

Art was a dynamic Alaskan leader who really cared about his community.  He immersed himself in public life through volunteer work with organizations such as Lions, Rotary, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the University of Alaska Museum, and the UAF College of Fellows where he contributed substantially to campus beautification programs. As a member of the University of Alaska Foundation , he was also an effective leader in building the University’s statewide system during his retirement. In recognition of these contributions, he received an honorary Dr. of Laws from the University of Alaska in 2001.  In addition, Art’s dedication as a public servant extended well beyond his organizational endeavors. For example for many years he quietly assisted neighbors and others in need with transportation to their medical providers.

In recognition of Dr. Arthur “Art” Buswell’s community contributions, the Art Buswell Public Service Award is presented each spring to a graduating UAF student who epitomizes Art’s spirit of service through his or her own commitment to improving the University of Alaska and/or his or her community. 

Selected seniors will receive a cash award and special recognition on the UAF website and at an award ceremony.