2014 UW-River Falls Distinguished Alumna Julie Bushman (left) with Chancellor Dean Van Galen (right).
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.