Alumni Awards

We Celebrate our Shining Stars

The IU School of Liberal Arts proudly honors graduates who exemplify the ideals of a liberal arts education, and in doing so, have made meaningful impact on their industries, their communities, their alma mater, and others' lives around the world.

Each year, the IU School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association recognizes up to three extraordinarily inspiring individuals for achievements in three different categories: the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Career Achievement Award, and the Honorary Alumnus Award.

The annual Liberal Arts Alumni Awards are recognized at the IUPUI Alumni Leaders Dinner. Not only are the School's Alumni Awards recognized during the event, but also the Maynard K. Hine Award winners are recognized. For more information about the IUPUI Alumni Leaders Dinner, go to Maynard K. Hine Award.

Liberal Arts Alumni Award honorees are nominated by IU School of Liberal Arts alumni, faculty, staff, and friends; and they are selected by an awards committee of the IU School of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.

By honoring our alumni, we recognize and celebrate how liberal arts is represented in the cultural interests, talents, career paths, and achievements in all sectors of society.

The application/nomination process is simple and open to all. We encourage you to nominate someone you know for this honor.

Liberal Arts Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

Our highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizes alumni of the school who have distinguished themselves professionally and/or through extraordinary service to the school, IUPUI, or IU. All School of Liberal Arts graduates are eligible for this annual award.

We’ve listed the recipients’ IU degrees. Their School of Liberal Arts degrees are in italics.

2021

Erin Kelley
MA History

2020

Steve Kern
BA Philosophy
BS in Business, Management and Administration

2019

Dr. Paul Siddens
BA Speech and Theatre

2018

Adam Hayden
BA Philosophy, MA Philosophy

2017

David Driscoll
BA Economics

2016

Ray Boomhower
BA Journalism/Political Science, MA History

2015

Janice Klein
BA Sociology, MSW Social Service

2014

Sheila Gilbert
BA Sociology, Master of Public Affairs

2013

Gregory Mobley
BA History

2011

Christine Dowdeswell
BA Political Science

2010

Peter Carmichael
BA History

2005

Tonja L. Eagan
BA Sociology, Master of Public Affairs

2003

M. Teresa Baer
BA History, MA History

2002

Samuel Graves III
BA Political Science

2001

Byron Buhner
BA Speech, MS Adult Education/Education

2000

Stephen Akard
BA Economics/French, JD/MBA

1999

Kerry Manders
BA Sociology

1998

John Wild
BA Political Science, Specialized Study/Master of Public Affairs

1985

M. William Lutholtz
BA Political Science

1984

Fred Biesecker
BA Political Science, doctoral degree

1983

Sandra Borns
BA History, MS Secondary Education/Education

1982

Mary Parido
BA German, MS Secondary Education/Education

1981

Anne Wilcox
JD

1980

Judith LaFourest
BA English, MAT English

Career Achievement Award

This award is given to alumni for outstanding accomplishments in their professions or in service to the school, IUPUI, or IU. Graduates who completed their first School of Liberal Arts degree in the last 5 to 15 years are eligible for this annual award.

We’ve listed the recipients’ IU degrees. Their School of Liberal Arts degrees are in italics.

  • 2021

    Leon Bates
    BA Africana Studies and History

2019

Marc A. McAleavey
BA Philosophy, MSW Social Work

2018

Sharee Myricks
BA Sociology

2017

Kirby Purciful
BA Economics, MA Economics

2016

  • Sarah Ancel
    BA Political Science/Economics, MA Economics
  • Lauren Guidotti
    BA Communications Studies

2015

Todd Sears
BS Finance, MA Economics

2014

  • Charity Counts
    MA Museum Studies
  • Brian Denton
    BA German/Political Science/Economics, BS Mathematics

2013

Olivia Roney
BA Communication Studies

Honorary Alumnus Award

This award is presented to non-alumni supporters of the school to recognize their outstanding contributions of time, leadership, and service, and their efforts to bring greater recognition to liberal arts and/or the school.

2021

Vicki Bohlsen

2020

Rhonda Fox Waltz

Previous

  • Stefan S. Davis
  • James East (deceased)
  • Debi Eller
  • Gail M. Plater
    Aristea Vareldzis-Pappas (deceased)
  • Gretchen Wolfram

Nominate a Deserving Liberal Arts Alumni Today!

Please complete the nomination form to recommend a Liberal Arts alumna or alumnus for an alumni award. The nomination process is simple and open to all. We encourage you to nominate someone you know for these honors. Only completed nominations submitted via the form below and received by the deadline will be considered.

Nominations for the 2022 IU School of Liberal Arts Alumni Awards will be accepted through July 29, 2022. Nominations submitted after July 29, 2022 will be considered for the 2023 cycle.

Ideal candidates must:

  • Be a graduate of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
  • Have achieved significant recognition or accomplishment in their chosen field (business, non-profit, the arts, academia, military/government, etc.) professionally and/or through extraordinary service to the School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI, or IU
  • Be able to accept the award in person and participate in the IUPUI Alumni Leaders Dinner where the IUPUI Hine Award is also presented.

  • A completed online nomination form, which includes providing basic information on the nominator and nominee
  • At least one Nomination Letter is required
  • It is strongly suggested to attach the nominee's current resume/CV/Professional summary

Eligible nominations are reviewed by the IU School of Liberal Arts Alumni Board's Alumni Awards Committee. Award selections are based on demonstrated distinctions and unique professional achievements in the alumni's chosen field of profession, such as:

  • Activities (supported by references) that enhanced, improved, and developed one's profession
  • Well-developed application and nomination letter
  • Overall professional achievements
  • Provided service above and beyond the expected level to the community, the School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI, and/or IU
  • Strong references included with nomination

Nominees not selected will be held over for reconsideration for the following year.

Upon selection, award recipients will be notified by the IU School of Liberal Arts Alumni Board President. In addition, nominator(s) and honoree's department chair or program director will be notified. Recipient names will be made public after the awards are presented to the honorees.

Questions?

Contact Tricia O'Neil at peoneil@iupui.edu or 317-278-1074.

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