Fontbonne University President Dennis Golden recently received a Special Ambassador Award from the St. Louis Special School District (SSD) at
its annual Special Salutes Banquet. The Special Ambassador Award is the highest honor given by the SSD for individuals and organizations that continually support and demonstrate extraordinary commitment to district students and staff.
In 1999, the SSD started the "Life Preparation Program" at Fontbonne University with the aim of allowing students with disabilities to work on the life skills they will need to be more independent. Program organizers lauded Dr. Golden for his exceptional involvement with the program by not only providing a prime location, but greeting students at the beginning of each year, attending their graduation and even inviting the students to his home for tea and cakes with him and his wife, Monica.