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Alumni Awards

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. Nominations will remain active on a two-year cycle.

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. Factors which may be considered in the selection process include philanthropic support and IUAA membership status.

Early Career Achievement Award
This annual recognition is for outstanding accomplishments in a profession or for service to the School/university by alumni who are in the early stages of their careers. IUPUI graduates who completed their first School of Liberal Arts degrees within the last 5‐15 years are eligible for this award. This award was instituted in 2012. Factors which may be considered in the selection process include philanthropic support and IUAA membership status.

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. Factors which may be considered in the selection process include philanthropic support and IUAA membership status.

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 ssdavis@iupui.edu

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
  Email: ssdavis@iupui.edu

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association is a dues supported group of the IU Alumni Association.  Join online today at http://alumni.iu.edu/memembership.  Convenient payroll deduction is available for faculty and staff who work for Indiana University.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Year AwardedNameLiberal Arts DegreeAdditional IU Degrees
1980Judith LaFourestBA (English)MAT (English)
1981Anne Wilcox JD (Law/D. Jurisprudence)
1982Mary ParidoBA (German)MS (Secondary Education/Education)
1983Sandra BornsBA (History)MS (Secondary Education/Education)
1984Fred BieseckerBA (Political Science)Doctoral Degree
1985M. William LutholtzBA (Political Science) 
1998John WildBA (Political Science)Specialized Study/M. Public Affairs
1999Kerry MandersBA (Sociology) 
2000Stephen AkardBA (Economics/French)JD/MBA
2001Byron BuhnerBA (Speech)MS (Adult Education/Education)
2002Samuel Graves IIIBA (Political Science) 
2003M. Teresa BaerBA (History)MA (History)
2005Tonja L. EaganBA (Sociology)M. Public Affairs
2010Peter CarmichaelBA (History) 
2011Christine DowdeswellBA (Political Science) 
2014Sheila GilbertBA (Sociology)M. Public Affairs

Early Career Award Winners

Year AwardedNameLiberal Arts DegreeAdditional IU Degrees
2013Olivia RoneyBA (Communication Studies) 
2014Brian DentonBA (German/Political Science/Economics)BS (Mathematics)
 Charity CountsMA (Museum Studies) 

Honorary Alumnus Awardees

Professor James East

Ms. Aristea Pappas

Ms. Gail M. Plater