Distinguished Alumni Award - Paul Dykstra

2022 Distinguished Alumi Paul Dykstra (left) with Chancellor Maria Gallo (right).


Distinguished Alumni Award

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 Alumni 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 Alumni Award continues to be the most prestigious acknowledgment of the accomplishments of our alumni. The criteria for being considered for the Distinguished Alumni award are: 

  1. Personal accomplishments in their field.
  2. Civic responsibility and contributions to their community.
  3. Continuing interest in the university.
  4. Highest integrity in professional, public, and personal relations. 

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 alumni. 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, 112 South Hall, River Falls, WI. If you have any specific questions, please contact Pedro Renta in the Alumni Office at (715) 425-4553.

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