As a way to say “thank you,” the Arkansas Alumni Association’s scholarship coordinator, Robin January, received “The Golden Tusk” award. Nominated by Debbie Blume, Director of Administrative Services at the Alumni Association, January was recognized for her hard work and dedication to students and scholarships.

According to the Division of Student Affairs website, The Golden Tusk Award is a program “designed to allow people a chance to extend a ‘thank you’ for a job well done.” Awardees receive a black and gold lapel pin with the words, “Golden Tusk” sitting above a gold Razorback. The pin “symbolizes the spirit of teamwork, hard work and the value of doing the right thing.”

When asked how it felt to receive such an honor, January expressed her feelings by saying, “I have a passion for the Alumni Scholarship program and feel blessed to serve in a role which recognizes outstanding students and their achievements with scholarship awards. The students I work with each day make my job so enjoyable, and to receive the Golden Tusk award is such a kind gesture.”

Expecting to exceed the $750,000 mark for scholarships in the 2012-2013 year, January has already presented more than $305,000 in scholarships to students. Praised by the students whom she has helped and the staff members who see her hard work each day, January truly represents what it means to be a Golden Tusk recipient.