CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University Alumni Association will present three of its highest honors this April 26 during its spring awards celebration.

The E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award will go to Hal Schudel of Corvallis, from the class of 1953. Schudel is a former faculty member and founder of what many consider to be the largest Christmas tree operation in the world. He is a pioneer in that industry, which is crucial to Oregon's economic health, and a supporter of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Lemon award is the association's most prestigious honor, given to OSU alumni who make significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers bring acclaim to the university.

The Jean and C.H. "Scram" Graham Leadership Award will go to Bill Perry of Canby, a 1989 graduate. Perry is past president of the association's board of directors and a supporter of the association and the university. He is vice president of government relations for the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association.

The Graham award honors individuals who promote the alumni association and have demonstrated extraordinary volunteer service to the university.

The Honorary Alumni Award will go to Mark McCambridge of Corvallis, OSU's vice president for Finance and Administration since 2001. The award is the highest honor the association can bestow upon those who are not alumni of OSU. A member of the university's financial team since 1994, McCambridge has played a key role in reorganizing the university to make the best possible use of its resources, and he has championed the cause of fiscal transparency.

The recipients will be honored at an April 26 event; reservations are required for the gala, which will follow the theme of "In Honored Footsteps." It begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

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Julie Schwartz, 541-737-7916