Association is launching a revamped alumni awards program.
has presented awards to honor alumni and friends of the University since 1987.
During that time, more than 100 recipients have been recognized. The
revised awards program includes new award categories, updated award selection
criteria and a new date for the awards celebration dinner.
Nominations and Awards committee in collaboration with the Alumni Association
office took a year to research best practices for alumni recognition at peer
and aspirant colleges and universities,” said committee co-chair and
president-elect of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, Zoreedua
Perkins, ’06, ’08. “After a close analysis of the history of Stritch’s awards
program in combination with some of those best practices from other
institutions, the result is what we feel is the best mix of award categories
that honor our graduates for their professional achievements, community
contributions and service to the University.”
The new award
categories are as follows:
Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
of the Last Decade Award
of St. Francis Service Award: Alumni Service
of St. Francis Service Award: University Supporter
Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award
association added two new awards and revised award criteria in the previous
categories of Professional achievement and Graduate of the Last Decade. Added
award categories include a new lifetime achievement award, named after
Stritch’s founding president, Mother Bartholomew, OSF. The previous Spirit of
St. Francis Award for Community Service was split into two categories, one
honoring alumni service (to Stritch and the community) and the other, a
non-graduate award to recognize service to Stritch.
felt strongly that we should bring back the non-graduate service award that we
used to do,” said Perkins. “In addition to our outstanding alumni, we have a
lot of great community supporters and friends who give of their time, talent
and treasure that deserve to be recognized.” New award criteria were developed
which includes a standard criteria list, regardless of the award category.
awards dinner, which had previously been held in the spring of each year to
coincide with the University’s Honors Convocation is being moved to the
Jubilarian/25-year reunion weekend held in June. The
awards celebration will be the highlight and signature event of the new alumni
allows us to grow the audience for this important recognition program,” said
Perkins. “The hope is that this new venue with the added reunion groups will
allow for greater exposure to the awards program and the notable alumni who are
honored.” The 2014 alumni awards celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June
Association seeks nominations from the Stritch community for deserving alumni
now through Friday, Nov. 15. The nominations
and awards committee will oversee the nomination process, including candidate
discernment. The 2014 recipients will be
announced next spring.
To find the complete
list of award criteria and the nomination form, click here. Deadline
for nominations is Friday, Nov. 15.