Sophia Travis honored posthumously on Sept. 22 with 2013 Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"An Alumni Reception and Tribute to Sophia Travis" was held on Sunday, September 22, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center to honor the late Travis with the 2013 Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award.

The award recognizes outstanding professional achievements and community service of Asian and Pacific American alumni of IU. Travis, who completed a BA in East Asian languages and literature in 1992 and continued with graduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music, was former president of the Monroe County Council and president of the Indiana University Asian Alumni Association.  She also served on many boards and commissions, including the Monroe County Development Commission, the Monroe County Parks and Recreation Board, the Bloomington Commission on Aging, the board of Options (now LifeDesigns), Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, and the Monroe County Commission on the Status of Women.

Finn and Greg Travis
Travis' husband Greg and son Finn were at the event to accept the award.

 Thao Nelson and Greg Travis

Thao Nelson, president of the IU Asian Alumni Association, and Greg Travis.  Nelson said, "Sophia’s contribution to our organization is immeasurable. She created our signature program, the Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award, which is bestowed on an IU Asian alumnus who leaves a lasting impact to Indiana University and the community they serve," Nelson said. "It is our pleasure to recognize Sophia with this award to celebrate her personal accomplishments, professional achievements, and humanitarian service to IU and Bloomington."

Greg Travis accepting award
Greg Travis, Thao Nelson, Eunice Donovan (former president for IUAAA), and Norris Wang (IUAAA board member).

Greg Travis and Sophia's parents
Greg Travis with Sophia's parents Okja and William Mackie.

plaque at tree commemorating Sophia Travis
Plaque at the base of the tree planted to commemorate Sophia Travis.

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