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James Connors Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Connors one of eight 2015 alumni award winners.

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

Mankato, Minn. – James D. Connors of Mankato, Minn., received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Harold J. Fitterer Service Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Connors, a dentist in Mankato, is currently the official dentist for Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Athletics and a member of the Dental Hygiene Board in the College of Allied Health & Nursing at the University. One of eight 2015 alumni award winners, he was honored at an April 24 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Harold J. Fitterer Service Awards go to graduates who have given distinguished service to Minnesota State Mankato and have used their time, treasure and talents to preserve and promote university programs.

Connors works with the University’s athletic training students, teaching them about cauliflower ear, mouth injuries and the importance of using mouth guards. He is the official team dentist and on call for all the sports teams. He hires students to be interns in his dental practice. Connors previously served on the Foundation Board for nine years, including two as president.

Connors graduated from Waconia High School, and after he graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 1968, he spent four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Connors received a scholarship from the Navy to attend the Georgetown University School of Dentistry, and then served four more years after earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. A member of the American Dental Association, Connors has served as the president of the Southern District Dental Society and as an officer in the Academy of Computerized Dentistry.

He is one of five dentists who founded the Academy of Computerized Dentistry and has served as treasurer and board member for the national organization. He also is one of eight certified dental trainers for US CEREC courses with the International Society of Computerized Dentistry. Connors has been honored by the National Dental Honor Society and received the Robert Rothstein Award for Excellence in Prosthetic Dentistry from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry.
Connors and his wife, Kris, reside in Mankato.

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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