UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alum Award 

Many colleges and universities across the nation have had a long tradition of honoring its graduates who have distinguished themselves in various ways throughout their careers. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Distinguished Alum Award was established in 1959. The first recipient was Dr. Dean Smith, a physician from La Crosse. The award was presented at commencement ceremonies in June 1959. 

The Distinguished Alum Award continues to be the most prestigious acknowledgment of the accomplishments of our alumni. Learn More


Outstanding Young Alum Award

The Outstanding Young Alum Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have excelled in professional and civic accomplishments within the last 15 years.  The UW-River Falls Alumni Association established this award in 2014 to recognize UWRF graduates. The award is presented at the annual scholarship benefit each spring. Learn More


Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who have provided long-time exceptional service and leadership in their profession, community, and a continuing interest and loyalty to UW-River Falls. The UW-River Falls Alumni Association established this award in 2014. The award is presented at the annual scholarship benefit each spring. Learn More


Outstanding Service Award 

This award was established in 1983 with the approval of the Faculty Senate and the administration. The award parallels the Distinguished Alum Award in the manner in which it is presented and the exposure and publicity it receives. The award is presented at fall commencement. Learn More


Honorary Doctorate

Brad Martin 2012

Dr. W. Bradford Martin

2012 honorary doctorate degree recipient Brad Martin (left) with Chancellor Dean Van Galen (right).

Distinguished Alumni Dan Florness

Daniel Florness

2017 Distinguished Alumnus Daniel Florness (left) with Chancellor Dean Van Galen (right).

Distinguished Alum Award

Award Recipients

Nomination Form


Ball Horticulture Company OSA 2016

2015 UW-River Falls Outstanding Service Award Recipients

Left to right: Representative for Ball Horticulture Company with Chancellor Dean Van Galen

Outstanding Service Award

Award Recipients

Nomination Form





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Alumni Relations Office
alumni@uwrf.edu
Phone: 1-715-425-3505
Toll-Free: 1-877-258-6647
Fax: 1-715-425-3506
310 South Hall
410 South Third St
River Falls, WI 54022
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