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Omaha’s Bob Lykke Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

One of 11 2013 alumni award winners.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 5-2-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Bob Lykke of Omaha, Neb., received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Lykke, retired school administrator and supervisor of student teaching in Omaha, Neb., is one of 11 2013 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 26 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Humanitarian Awards go to Minnesota State Mankato graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes.

Lykke graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and then in 1967 received a master’s degree in elementary education.

After graduating, Lykke taught in Fairmont, Minn., before finding his way to Boys Town in Nebraska. He dedicated 28 years of his life to the Millard School District in Omaha, where he initiated the Elementary Guidance program and served as the first principal at both an elementary school and middle school in Omaha. He is a proud member of the Millard School District Hall of Fame.

After retirement, Lykke supervised undergraduate student teachers and mentored College of Education graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His efforts were recognized with the 2007 STEP-UP award from UNO, which honors individuals who volunteered to complete unexpected university-related work that was above and beyond their normal responsibilities. In 2011, both Lykke and his wife, Mary, were recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from UNO’s College of Education for their vision of giving to the community with both time and resources.

The Lykkes have just endowed the Bob and Mary Lykke Student Teaching Scholarship at Minnesota State Mankato. Their generous scholarship will help education majors during their student teaching semester.

Those who want more information about the April 26 awards event may go to or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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