2011 Ray Davies Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Edith Sayre Auslander

Photo of Edith Sayre Auslander Edith Sayre Auslander currently works as a consultant to Arizona Assurance Scholars Program at the University of Arizona Foundation. The Arizona Assurance Scholars Program is a financial assistance and retention program that allows qualified Arizona students to graduate from the UA debt-free and is based on the premise that Arizona’s low-income students deserve the opportunity to pursue the best educational opportunities the state has to offer. Her previous position for five years was as Vice President and Senior Associate to the President of the UA.

Auslander is a native Tucsonan who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona. She had a long career in newspaper work as a reporter, copy editor and section editor for The Arizona Daily Star. She also has been an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona and served as Vice President of Human Resources for Tucson Newspapers, Inc. for more than 15 years.

She left the UA faculty in 1984 when she was appointed by then Governor Bruce Babbitt to the Arizona Board Regents for an eight-year term. She was elected president of the Board of Regents for the 1989-90 academic year. During her term as president, she initiated the system-wide study on the status of women.

Auslander is one of 15 founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has been listed three times in the Hispanic Business magazine as one of 100 influential U.S. Hispanics and in Replica magazine as one of its 25 Hispanic Women of the Year.

She has been active in several national organizations, including the Editing Program for Minority Journalists and the Multicultural Management Program. She was elected to the board and served as president of the national Media Human Resources Association. She is a past president of the UA Hispanic Alumni Club and of the Hispanic Professional Action Committee and is a member of the advisory board for the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding.

Auslander has won many writing awards and has been active in a variety of organizations that focus on the needs of women and minorities. She was named Tucson’s Woman of the Year in 1986, and received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Arizona in 1997. She was honored six times nationally for her human resources work and earned the certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources. She has been named to the halls of fame of the UA Student Media Foundation and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has received the Women on the Move and the Iris Dewhirst awards from the Tucson YWCA.

Tucson Electric Power

Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to service goes beyond providing safe, reliable power. The company also devotes its time, talents and resources to improving its customers’ quality of life through active support of local nonprofit groups and community service efforts.

TEP's award-winning corporate volunteer program, the Community Action Team (CAT), is recognized as one of the most effective programs of its kind in the country. Employees of TEP and sister utility UniSource Energy Services (UES) – both subsidiaries of UniSource Energy Corporation – are encouraged to devote their time to the causes closest to their hearts. The company backs these efforts with charitable funding and organizational support for volunteer projects.

The company’s employee-driven community service efforts have produced remarkable results. In 2010, UniSource Energy employees joined their friends and family in contributing more than 54,000 volunteer hours to charitable efforts benefiting hundreds of nonprofit groups across Arizona. The companies also contributed more than $1.5 million in direct financial support to nonprofit groups and scholarship funds.

Tucson Electric Power

Reading to Tucson school children
Paul Bonavia, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TEP and its parent company,
UniSource Energy Corporation, reads to Tucson school children