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Every year, our Distinguished Alumni Awards honors our graduates who, through their service, contributions, and accomplishments, bring distinction and honor to the College of Education and beyond.

Read about 2017-18's award winners

Nominations for the 2018-2019 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards open in August 2018.

The Awards

Outstanding Educator Award

Recognizes a graduate of the College who has made a significant impact in K-12 or higher education.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Recognizes a graduate of the College who is 40 or younger at the time of the nomination who has made outstanding contributions to the profession.

Outstanding Service Award

Recognizes a graduate or friend of the College who demonstrates outstanding and continued dedication and service or philanthropy to the College.

Professional Achievement Award

Recognizes a graduate of the College who is in the mid-point of his/her career and has demonstrated significant achievements (promotions and awards) in his/her field.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes a graduate of the College who holds a distinction in diverse fields of academia, healthcare, business, sports administration or government and has demonstrated outstanding success in his/her work. The recipient must be a recognized leader who has made a significant impact.

Award Recipients

2016

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Delbert S. Carpenter (Stan)
  • Grady F. Shumake (Franklin)

Outstanding Educator

  • Cindy R. Quinlan
  • Sheila O. Kahrs

Outstanding Service Award

  • Lois Shortt
  • Ruth Langevin

Outstanding Young Alumni

  • Dionne Cross Francis
  • Philip Young

Professional Achievement Award

  • Gail Nemec
  • Mary R. Marlino

2015

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Cindy A. Darden
  • James A. Wilbanks (Alvin)

Outstanding Educator Award

  • Kimberly S. Bearden
  • Jessica DeCuir-Gunby

Outstanding Service Award

  • Philip Lanoue (Phil)

Outstanding Young Alumni

  • Christopher Ryan Akers (Ryan)
  • Timothy W. Puetz (Tim)

Professional Achievement Award

  • Catherine P. Bradshaw
  • Erin L. Hames

2014

Crystal Apple Award

  • Ian Altman

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Whitney Myers

Professional Achievement Award

  • Kimber Shelton
  • Tonya Harris Cornileus

Service Award

  • Mark Slonaker

2013

Crystal Apple Award

  • Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Womack
  • Merrianne Dyer
  • Timothy Dixon

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Jovita Ross-Gordon
  • Stephen Gordon

Professional Achievement Award

  • Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria
  • Tena B. Crews

2012

Crystal Apple Award

  • Nicole Pfleger
  • Vicki Tarleton

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Bruce Bracken

Professional Achievement Award

  • William Schofield

2011

Crystal Apple Award

  • Pamelia Carsillo

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Robert Fore

Professional Achievement Award

  • Betsy Bockman
  • Emily Lembeck

2010

Alumni Service Award

  • Mary Frances Early

Crystal Apple Award

  • Debbie Clark
  • Janis Stephens

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Patti Harrison

Professional Achievement Award

  • Evan Glazer

2009

Crystal Apple Award

  • Barbara Michalove

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Paul Cobb

Professional Achievement Award

  • Wei-Ming Luh
  • Xue Lan Rong

2008

Crystal Apple Award

  • Jacqueline Huffman

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Kathleen Davis
  • Randy Kamphaus
  • Sherman Day

Professional Achievement Award

  • Kathryn Shreve

2007

Alumni Service Award

  • Joan Berryman

Crystal Apple Award

  • David Ragsdale

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Glenda Lappan

Professional Achievement Award

  • Kris Beisginer
  • Vasti Torres

2006

Alumni Service Award

  • Rachael Burton Dillon

Crystal Apple Award

  • Kathleen Thompson
  • Lisa A. Sheehy

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Julia V. Clark
  • Lawrence Gerstein

Professional Achievement Award

  • Carol Kasworm
  • Craig Weidemann
  • Patrick Thompson

2005

Alumni Service Award

  • Sylvia McCoy Hutchinson

Crystal Apple Award

  • Kimberly S. Halstead
  • Michael R. Gwatney

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Cecil R. Reynolds
  • Marc E. Fey

Professional Achievement Award

  • Damon M. Evans