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Bart and Nancy Dunoff Mills Receive Rhodes Awards for Service

Classmates Bart Mills and Nancy Dunhoff Mills were selected as 2009 recipients of the Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award. The award is given in recognition of extraordinary service to Cornell, in both length and quality of contribution by the individual, through activities within the broad spectrum of Cornell's various alumni organizations, associations, and related groups.



The program from the October 16 dinner honoring this year's Rhodes Awardees described their contributions to Cornell:

Bart and Nancy have been pivotal in establishing a strong Cornell presence in Southern California as they turned their successful lives in the entertainment industry to the benefit of alma mater.

Bart has been chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network of South Los Angeles County since 1986 and is now treasurer of the Cornell Club of L.A. (CCLA). He served as president 2001-03 and scholarship chair 1995-99. From 2003 to 2007 he served on the Cornell University Council, and returned for another term in 2009.

Nancy was president of CCLA 1995-97 and is now club secretary as well as the website’s one-stop contact for club information. She helped build CCLA’s Women’s Networking Brunch program. She co-founded the Cornell in Hollywood group and currently co-chairs its advisory board. She was a member of the University Council 1999-2003 and has served on the President’s Council of Cornell Women since 1995. From 1993 to 1995 she was regional director of the Cornell Alumni Federation Board. Bart and Nancy continue to work toward creating an extended Cornell family in L.A. and helping young alumni develop into strong leaders.

Bart and Nancy's acceptance speeches are lost to posterity: Nancy discarded hers and Bart's remarks were impromptu. Unfortunate, since Bart's 2004 comments to an assembled Cornell Daily Sun alumni and staff — about journalism careers and journalists' pranks — were brilliant.