DENVER (February 6, 2018) – University of the Rockies has named Peggy Sundstrom, PhD, its 2017 Hero of the Year. Dr. Sundstrom, a lead faculty member at University of the Rockies, logged 680 community volunteer hours in 2017.

Peggy and Beethoven are pictured left.

Dr. Sundstrom dedicated many hours to train service dogs with Guide Dogs for the Blind. A resident of Aurora, Colorado, Dr. Sundstrom also volunteered with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to help conserve wetland habitats.

“Community service is a core value at University of the Rockies,” said Dr. Dawn Iwamoto, University of the Rockies president and CEO. “I am proud to honor Dr. Sundstrom as 2017 Hero of the Year as she embodies the idea of service through volunteerism.”

A donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind will be made in Dr. Sundstrom’s name to support ongoing work. Overall in 2017, University of the Rockies employees logged 1,130 community volunteer hours.


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