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Tri-College provost honored with national service award

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Tim Flakoll

Tim Flakoll, provost for Tri-College University and director of operations for NDSU Downtown, has been awarded the national Phi Kappa Phi Dr. Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award.

The award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. It is presented to one person nationally every two years. Phi Kappa Phi cited that they were particularly impressed with Flakoll’s statewide public service and youth mentoring.

Flakoll was nominated by the NDSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

One of the nominators wrote, “Despite his prestigious service as a politician and a provost, where one might be prone to put on airs, Tim remains recognized and loved by the people in his community, whether in the big city or his small hometown of Forbes. At the heart of Tim’s worthiness for this prestigious award is his kindness, his talents and willingness to share resources and mentorship, and his devotion and dedication to make time for those in need.”

The award includes a lifetime membership in the organization and a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit cause of the recipient’s choice which Flakoll plans to use for college student-related causes.

Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society established in 1897 to recognize and encourage superior scholarship without restriction as to area of study. It is the most selective honor society for all academic disciplines in the United States.

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