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Alumni Awards

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Alumni Awards

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association (IUSLAA) annually recognizes alumni, friends, and faculty who have brought distinction upon themselves, their profession, and the IU School of Liberal Arts in three separate categories: Honorary Alumnus Award: the Early Career Achievement Award; and the highest distinction awarded by the Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award.  For the purpose of the second two awards, an alumnus is defined as any graduate of the School of Liberal Arts; for the first alumni status is not required.

Award recipients will be recognized during events staged by the School of Liberal Arts and its Alumni Association.  Recipients must be in attendance to receive their honor.

Honorary Alumnus Award

This award is presented to a non-alumna/alumnus of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, in recognition of outstanding contributions of time, leadership, and service, and their dedicated efforts to bring greater recognition to liberal arts, and/or the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts.

Early Career Achievement Award

This annual recognition is for outstanding accomplishments in a profession or for service to the School/university by alumni who have graduated within 5-15 years of the nomination. All graduates within 5-15 years of completing their first degree from the School are eligible for this award. This award was instituted in 2012.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Awarded annually, this award recognizes outstanding alumni of the School who have brought honor to their alma mater by distinguishing themselves either professionally or by giving extraordinary service to the School/university. All graduates are eligible for this award.

Deadline for 2015 nominations -  November 14, 2014


How To Nominate

It is helpful but not mandatory for the nominating committee to have the following materials:

Since these awards recognize alumni and friends who have brought honor to their alma mater through distinguished career service, achievement, and/or extraordinary service to the IU School of Liberal Arts, please include specific examples of the nominee’s achievements, including any service by the nominee on boards, committees, and organizations at the department, school, campus, university, state, or national level as part of the nomination packet .  

Nominations will be accepted until November 14, 2014. Each nominee requires a separate form. Download the form here - [PDF] or [DOC].

Questions? Contact Alumni Director Stefan Davis at (317) 274-2317, (866) 267-3104, or email

Nominations are accepted by mail, fax, or email to:

IUPUI Alumni Relations - IUSLA Alumni Awards

c/o Stefan Davis, Director

340 West Michigan Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Fax: (317) 274-5064


The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association is a dues supported group of the IU Alumni Association.  Join online today at  Convenient payroll deduction is available for faculty and staff who work for Indiana University. Membership status in the IUAA does not affect the outcome of the awards process.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Year Awarded Name Liberal Arts DegreeAdditional IU Degrees
1980 Judith LaFourest BA (English)MAT (English)
1981 Anne Wilcox   JD (Law/D. Jurisprudence)
1982 Mary Parido BA (German)MS (Secondary Education/Education)
1983 Sandra Borns BA (History) MS (Secondary Education/Education)
1984 Fred Biesecker BA (Political Science) Doctoral Degree
1985 M. William Lutholtz BA (Political Science)  
1998 John Wild BA (Political Science) Specialized Study/M. Public Affairs
1999 Kerry Manders BA (Sociology)  
2000 Stephen Akard BA (Economics/French) JD/MBA
2001 Byron Buhner BA (Speech) MS (Adult Education/Education)
2002 Samuel Graves III BA (Political Science)  
2003 M. Teresa Baer BA (History) MA (History)
2005 Tonja L. Eagan BA (Sociology) M. Public Affairs
2010 Peter Carmichael BA (History)  
2011 Christine Dowdeswell BA (Political Science)  

Early Career Award Winners

Year Awarded Name Liberal Arts DegreeAdditional IU Degrees
2012 Olivia Roney BA (Communication Studies)  
2013 Brian Denton BA (German/Political Science/Economics) BS (Mathematics)
  Charity Counts MA (Museum Studies)  

Honorary Alumnus Awardees

Professor James East

Ms. Aristea Pappas

Ms. Gail M. Plater