Many colleges and universities across the nation have had a long tradition of honoring those of its graduates who have distinguished themselves in various ways throughout their careers. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 1959. The first recipient was Dean Smith, a physician from La Crosse, WI. It was presented at the commencement ceremonies in June 1959.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award continues to be the most prestigious acknowledgment of the accomplishments of our alumni. The criteria for being considered for the Distinguished Alumnus award are:
Once an individual has been nominated for this award, they remain in contention. Each year nominations are sought by the External Relations Committee from alumni, and from faculty and staff who may know of a deserving alumnus. Alumni are encouraged to nominate anyone they feel meets the criteria for selection, even themselves.
The External Relations Committee asks that you submit your nominations to the Alumni Office, 310 South Hall, River Falls, WI. If you have any specific questions, please contact Dan McGinty in the Alumni Office at (715) 425-3505.
This award was established in 1983 with the approval of the Faculty Senate and the administration. The award parallels the Distinguished Alumnus Award in the manner in which it is presented and the exposure and publicity it receives. The award is presented at the fall commencement.
The award was established to recognize those individuals outside of the university community that have made exemplary contributions to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls through their support of the university's goals and their volunteer efforts on our behalf.
We realize that there are individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to the university of personal time and energy, leadership, support, and/or monetary donations. It is for these reasons that we are pleased to make this award available.
The following criteria are to be followed by the committee in the selection process, realizing that there may be exceptions from time to time that would necessitate a suspension of one or more of the criteria in a given year.
2012 honorary doctorate degree recipient Brad Martin (left) with Chancellor Dean Van Galen (right).