Jane and Doug Koons, Alumni from St. Olaf College’s Class of 1971, are being honored and will receive the school’s Outstanding Service Award, recognizing “individuals whose accomplishments have brought honor to themselves and to St. Olaf, whose service and leadership exemplify the college’s ideals, and whose concern for the institution has supported and strengthened its mission.”

Jane Koons has been a tireless and instrumental leader in our LPGM “Library Legs” and “English+” Programs in India. What began as a successful effort to build libraries in 94 ALC schools then evolved into our English + Program which exposes students to the English language and enhances literacy skills.  Nearly 11 years of coordinating program efforts both here and abroad has energized Jane. She has intentions to continue these efforts over the next several years, traveling to and from India to ensure that teachers are being successfully trained and program efforts are sustained. LPGM is eternally grateful to Jane and Doug for initiating these program efforts that support 20,000 students each year!  Congratulations to them both for receiving this distinguished St. Olaf alumni honor, and most importantly, for their commitment and dedication to serving others around the world.

From a recent St. Olaf Alumni News Update: Jane Baker Koons, from St. Paul, Minn., spends half of her time in India.  Since 2007, she has been living and volunteering in Tamil Nadu, along with her husband Doug Koons ’71 creating libraries for the 97 schools of the Arcot Lutheran Church and facilitating Women’s Projects for the ALC.  Jane’s experience has also included Project Manager, from 1976 to 1983, for the Midwest China Center creating an Oral History and Archives Collection on Americans who lived and worked in China pre-1952; and from 1984 to 2007, Director of International and Contract Sales and Marketing for Homecrest.

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