Metro Tech Board Member E. Elaine Schuster has received the 2012 Sweet Briar College Distinguished Alumna Award.
The award was established in 1988 to honor “alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves and to Sweet Briar College through outstanding accomplishments in a volunteer or professional capacity.”
“I could not believe that I was chosen for this award,” Schuster said. “They can choose anybody that has ever attended the college since 1906. I was flabbergasted that they chose me.”
Schuster graduated from the Virginia college in 1958 and holds master's and law degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
The president of the Alumnae Association, Mollie Johnson Nelson, wrote to Schuster, “All members of our committee concur that your extensive career as an attorney makes you a most deserving recipient of Sweet Briar's Distinguished Alumna Award.
“Your accomplishments as first female at Whitten & Whitten Law Firm, as assistant district attorney of Oklahoma County, and your long career in private practice are most impressive.
“Countless committees, boards and nonprofits in Oklahoma City have benefited from your expertise and commitment to bettering your community,” Nelson said, “including Sweet Briar, the English Speaking Union, American Association of University Women and The Oklahoma Historical Society.”
Other committees Schuster served are as parliamentarian of the regional board for Disciples of Christ Church, elder at Crown Heights Christian Church, the first woman elder at University Place Christian Church and first female board member of Metro Technology Centers, appointed in 1982.
“When I first entered law school, I was told that being a woman, I would never get into the court but would always be in the back room doing research,” Schuster said.
Schuster plans to return to Sweet Briar in the spring for a reunion. In the fall, she will share her experiences with fellow alumnae, faculty, staff and students during homecoming weekend.
Shaun Dillehay is marketing coordinator for Metro Technology Centers
Metro Technology Centers is a nonprofit, career and technology center district with six locations serving the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. They offer training to high school students, adults and businesses. The district offers more than 90 full-time career majors and 500 short-term and online courses, as well as customized training for business and industry.