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Christopher Dietz Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Dietz one of eight 2015 alumni award winners.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-20-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Christopher K. Dietz, who now resides in Pine Island, Minn., recently received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Dietz, who recently retired after 18 years as associate director of the Mayo Clinic’s anesthesia program, is one of eight 2015 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 24 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Alumni Achievement Awards go to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions and have had a major impact on their communities.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is just one of many unique achievements for Dietz. He is an Eagle Scout who has received numerous scouting awards during the 52 years he’s been involved with the Boy Scouts. He was a cryptanalyst and German linguist in the U.S. Army and received the first Distinguished Graduate Award from the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy he attended. He works to preserve the heritage of his hometown of Pine Island, Minn. He’s involved in his church, provides opportunities for art activities in schools and talks to junior high students about his time serving his country. One of the things he’s most proud of is receiving his doctorate in nursing practice and passing that new knowledge on to others.

Dietz helped to develop and implement a master’s and a doctorate of nurse anesthesia program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and was named Graduate Educator of the Year from the Mayo School of Health Sciences and won the Outstanding Nurse Anesthesia Educator of the Year title three times.

Those who want more information about the April 24 awards event may go to or call 507-389-3235.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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