Distinguished Alumni Awards
Nominations for 2018 Awards Now Open
The Colorado State University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards program recognizes CSU alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves professionally, brought honor to the University, and have made significant contributions of time and/or philanthropy to the university or their community. Nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now open. The deadline is Friday, June 1. See below for award descriptions and nomination instructions and forms.
The CSU Alumni Association would like to congratulate the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and thank everyone who joined us to celebrate their achievements and impact.
William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award
Ed Warner (B.S., geology, ’68) and Jackie Erickson
It’s almost impossible to measure the impact Ed Warner and Jackie Erickson have had at Colorado State University – which is what makes them the perfect couple to honor with the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award.
Warner, a noted conservationist, businessman, and philanthropist, is best known on campus for his generous gift in 2005 to establish the Warner College of Natural Resources, CSU’s first named college.
As a career geologist, Warner made his professional mark in the late 1990s, when he devised a way to extract previously untapped natural gas resources from the Jonah and Pinedale fields in Wyoming. Together, they form the third largest natural gas deposit in the country, containing 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Warner left the natural gas industry in 2000 to become a full-time philanthropist. After establishing two endowed chairs in his beloved Department of Geology at CSU, he made history with his generosity. His $30 million gift not only was the largest in CSU’s first 135 years, it was the catalyst to launch the University’s first comprehensive campaign, which raised more than $500 million.
Warner returned to the business scene in 2009 as a principal and chairman of the Board for SWIIM System, Ltd., an ag-tech company that manages water balance on farms.
“Dame Jackie,” as the CSU Marching Band knows her, fell in love with the Marching Band during the first CSU football game she attended. She later established the Dame Jackie Marching Band Scholarship, designed to encourage students to remain band members throughout their college careers.
Erickson’s love of bands extends to her youth, when she played the glockenspiel in the high school marching band. She is a painter, a reader, and a delightful storyteller. She soaks up the culture and the people she encounters in her and Warner’s world travels, and she weaves that into her creative life.
Warner and Erickson live in the Denver area and are frequent campus visitors.
Charles A. Lory Public Service Award
Polly Baca (B.A., political science, ’62)
Polly Baca was born on a Colorado farm in the most ordinary of circumstances. Since then, however, her life can only be described as extraordinary.
Baca became interested in politics at Colorado State University, changing her major from physics to political science. That decision led to career of more than 50 years in politics at the local, state, and national levels, including work with several U.S. presidents.
She might be best known in Colorado as the first Hispanic woman (and first minority woman) elected to the State Senate, where she served from 1978-1986. She was also the first Hispanic woman in the nation to serve in both houses of her state legislature, and she was the first Hispanic woman in the U.S. nominated by a major political party for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Baca’s political career, though, was not limited to her home state. She was the first Latina to co-chair two national Democratic National Conventions, and she served as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee from 1981-1989. She has attended every Democratic National Convention since 1964.
In 1994, she was named special assistant to President Bill Clinton and director of the Office of Consumer Affairs. She then returned to Colorado and served as regional administrator for the General Services Administration Rocky Mountain Region, supervising a six-state region that supported 48,000 government employees for 43 federal agencies.
Baca has received countless state, regional, and national awards for her community service, and is a frequent contributor to national television and radio broadcasts. She is a member of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and was one of the 14 original members of the National Hispanic Hall of Fame.
She remains politically active locally and nationally, and is president and CEO of Baca Barragan Consultants.
Jim and Nadine Henry Award
Ann Gill, Ph.D. (M.A. speech and theater arts, ’76)
Ann Gill is one of those once-in-a-lifetime people. Her impact, crafted over more than 40 years as a student, teacher, mentor and dean at Colorado State University, will be evident for generations to come.
Gill, the longtime and beloved dean of the College of Liberal Arts, retired in 2016. Her work as a professor of communication studies and as dean can be seen in the faces of alumni, the scholarships that bear her name, and in some of the buildings that house the students she loved.
A strong supporter of the University Center for the Arts, she helped make the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art become a reality. She also oversaw the remodeling of Eddy Hall and watched the Department of Communication Studies flourish in its new home in the Behavioral Sciences Building.
She was respected by faculty and staff and was fully dedicated to making liberal arts a primary part of a CSU education. But it was her relationship with students that warmed her heart and changed the lives of many.
One former student said, “For those who have the privilege and the honor to get to know Ann, she was more than just a college professor or dean. She was someone who became not only your friend, but someone who you would cherish and consider part of your family.”
She was particularly successful mentoring student-athletes, many of whom came from disadvantaged backgrounds and were the first in their family to attend college. She wanted to know about them as people before she learned of their athletic feats – an approach that endeared her to hundreds of them.
True to form, Gill did not really retire – you can still find her most every day, volunteering her time bringing alumni and CSU stories to life for the CSU Alumni Association.
Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award
Eric Berlinberg (B.S., business administration, '12)
Eric Berlinberg spent his time at Colorado State making sure the university he loves would be a better place. He served as president of Associated Students of Colorado State University as a senior, revitalizing the RamRide safe ride program, championing the Late Night Bus Route, and serving as the lone student representative on the original On-Campus Stadium Advisory Committee.
Berlinberg also served as a member of the Colorado State University System Board of Governors and the Rocky Mountain Student Media Board of Directors.
Just a few years after his graduation in 2012, Berlinberg began helping to change the way the world shops.
Berlinberg moved to Seattle to join Amazon’s headquarters as a program manager, supporting business operations for the VP of eCommerce Platform. Now, he leads the business operations and nontechnical program management for the Amazon Prime Air program – a future delivery system that allows customers to safely receive their packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. In his role, Berlinberg served as the project manager launching Amazon’s private customer delivery trial outside of Cambridge, U.K., in which the first drone delivery took place to a customer in December 2016.
In addition to his role with Prime Air, Berlinberg serves as the founder and global chair of Connect@Amazon, an internal social and professional networking organization comprised of 23,000 Amazon employees across 11 chapters globally.
Outside of Amazon, Berlinberg serves on the board of the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce, as a committee chair on the Young Professionals Network within the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and previously as a board member of the Young Professionals of Seattle.
Distinguished Athletics Award
Bill (B.S. physical education, ’58) and Jan Woods
Both having grown up on farms in northern Colorado, retired Army Col. Bill (B.S., physical education, ‘58) and Jan Woods met while attending Colorado A&M. The two small-town Colorado kids immediately hit it off and have been married for 60 years. They successfully navigated Bill’s 25-year Army career, which took them and their children to many states, as well as a stint in Germany before Bill retired as a colonel.
After returning to their Northern Colorado roots, Bill and Jan quickly reconnected with their beloved alma mater. Jan worked for the College of Natural Sciences from 1976-1999, and the two became involved volunteers with the University. Both served as advisors to their former Greek houses (Sigma Alpha Epsilon for Bill, Delta Delta Delta for Jan), as well as Ram ambassadors for football and basketball.
Bill, who played football as a freshman at Colorado State University, has also served as president of the CSU Alumni Association, Ram Club, and the Ram Alumni Athletic Association. He also serves on CSU’s ROTC Board and is a former SAE national president.
Bill and Jan also support Honor Flight Northern Colorado, for which Bill serves as vice president of the Board of Officers.
Bill has been part of the “Painting of the A” ritual every fall for more than 30 years. Each year he acquires hundreds of gallons of white paint, along with paint sprayers, and organizes hundreds of students and other volunteers in the day-long project.
Jan, who was a CSU cheerleader for two years, donated her green “Aggies” cheerleading dress from 1957 to Athletics, where it’s now part of the permanent collection on display at Moby Arena.
Bill and Jan were honored with the Jim and Nadine Henry Award in 2009.
College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus
Karl Hoppess (B.S., soil science, ’60)
Born in Texas in 1938, Karl Hoppess began his love of agriculture as a 12-year-old, working summers and holidays on a ranch in Central Texas. He became a devoted Aggie at Colorado A&M in August 1956, earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University in 1963, and began work as a trial lawyer in Houston shortly after.
The mysteries and rewards of litigation, business, agriculture, and education have continually challenged Hoppess throughout the last 54 years. Even after some 200 trials involving questions of land, ownership of water, and the condemnation of farms and ranches, Hoppess remains intrigued by the science of agriculture and food production, particularly the challenge of how that knowledge should be used to develop businesses and advanced education.
His wife and family of five children and eight grandchildren supported his drive and dreams, and he was blessed with partners in law and in business who allowed him to participate in building businesses that grew nursery stock, constructed subdivisions, developed oil and gas production, and marketed trucks and ranch implements. This helped Hoppess realize his two most cherished dreams: to own and operate cattle ranches and to participate in research with Colorado State University. It is by this joint effort that CSU has developed the information to reduce contaminants in our land and water and more effectively improve the retention of carbon, thereby preserving our nation’s forests and prairies.
While Hoppess continues to prepare and litigate cases in 48 counties in Texas, he remains committed to developing businesses and research that advance the use of biological sciences and physical sciences to increase production of food for human consumption. This work has brought honor, funding, and gifted students to CSU and its laboratories.
College of Business Honor Alumna
Mary Catherine Morris (B.S., finance-real estate, ’80)
Cathy Morris is a senior executive at Arrow Electronics. She has been instrumental in guiding innovation forward through her leadership of Arrow’s Emerging Businesses and setting Arrow’s Five Year Out Strategy. Arrow Electronics is a $24 billion Fortune 118 company and Colorado’s largest employer. Throughout her 25-plus-year career at Arrow, Morris has led its international geographic expansion and merger and acquisition strategy and has influenced how technology is deployed through the technology life cycle.
As one of the few C-Suite women executives in technology, Morris has been active in raising the awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of business. She’s helped develop guidelines for diversity on public company boards in Colorado at a legislative level and is very active in the diversity aspects of the Arrow Intern Program and recruitment from STEM initiatives.
Morris was key in the development of the Arrow Electronics Internet of Things ecosystem. This IoT ecosystem is being deployed at CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for lameness diagnostics and in animal sciences for herd management for ranchers and dairy production. Morris has also been instrumental in Arrow’s newest business, Sustainable Technology Solutions, which is dealing with the single largest threat to the world’s landfills – electronic waste. Morris played a vital role in sponsoring a class at CSU to help the world deal with this ever-emerging sustainability threat.
Morris and her husband, Gary Schmitt, are residents of Greenwood Village, Colo. She is a member of the Arrow Electronics Executive Committee and the Zayo Group Board of Directors and Audit and Compensation Committees. She serves on the CSU College of Global Leadership Council and has been named by CRN Magazine as one of the most powerful women in the technology industry.
College of Health and Human Sciences Honor Alumna
Marie Macy (B.S., child development, ’55)
Marie Macy was born and raised in a farming community near Longmont, Colo., along with her four siblings. She graduated from Colorado A&M in the School of Home Economics in 1955.
After graduation, Macy served as the assistant director of the CSU preschool, which is known today as the Early Childhood Center. Two years later, Dean Elizabeth Dyar Gifford offered Macy the position of director and assistant professor, a role she filled until 1973. During her years at the preschool, she made many lifelong friendships with both the children and their parents. Macy taught in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and acted as an adviser to students from majors across campus.
While working at Colorado State University, Macy earned her M.A. in education from the University of Northern Colorado and her M.S. in food science and human nutrition from CSU. After working as a CSU faculty member and director of the preschool for 18 years, Macy was offered a position as a nutrition educator with Dairy Council, Inc., where she developed nutrition education programs for elementary and junior high school classes across the nation.
Macy is a beloved alumna, generous donor, and tireless supporter of CSU. She served on the CSU Foundation Development Council for six years and the CSU Alumni Association 50-Year Board for eight years. She chaired a College of Health and Human Sciences college development committee and volunteered many long hours to raise funds to build the Margaret Hazaleus Patio on campus.
A lifetime member of the CSU Alumni Association, Macy is passionate about providing meaningful early childhood educational experiences to children from all walks of life. In 2015, she created the Marie Macy Director’s Legacy Endowment to support the children, families, and CSU students that the Early Childhood Center serves.
College of Liberal Arts Honor Alumnus
Jim Vidakovich (B.A., speech arts, ’69)
Jim Vidakovich runs his own media consulting business in Los Angeles, Calif. Combining his media sensibilities with a keen business expertise, he has earned a reputation as a top media strategist and business solutions specialist.
His client list includes such high-profile media companies as NBCU News, BRAVO, USA Network, Syfy, OXYGEN, Telemundo, and FANDANGO. He has also worked with AMC Networks, A&E, ABC, BBC, CBS, DISCOVERY, Disney Kids, and more.
As a media strategist, Vidakovich has worked on more than 100 different shows, including The Voice, American Ninja Warrior, The Biggest Loser, Project Runway, This Is Us, Parenthood, and more.
Vidakovich was a part of the Tom Brokaw-Brian Williams NBC News transition team and continues to work as a media strategist for a variety of broadcast and cable network shows and entertainment executives. Globally, he has worked with such prestigious companies as Schlumberger (Worldwide) and GenRe (Worldwide). Other clients throughout Europe include Management Center Europe, located in Brussels, Belgium; International Management Institute in Dublin, Ireland; and Management Center Turkey in Istanbul, Turkey.
Jim is a former award-winning television news reporter. One of his career highlights was the 11 years he spent working with Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop-CTW), most noted for the Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street.
He currently is a member of CSU Liberal Arts Development Council, and was on the Inaugural Advisory Board for CSU, Department of Communications, ACT Human Rights Film Festival.
Vidakovich grew up in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and has four brothers and two sisters. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in communications from Colorado State University, and lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
College of Natural Sciences Honor Alumnus
John H. Cochran, M.D. (B.S. biological science, ’68)
Dr. Jack Cochran served as executive director and chief executive officer of The Permanente Federation, which represents the Kaiser Permanente network of some 20,000 physicians and 10 million patients across the country. He is an expert on integrated care delivery, health information systems, and health care delivery system reform, and he is co-author of the book, The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can, and Must Lead the Way to Better Health Care.
Dr. Cochran’s family moved to Denver in 1951, and he graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1964. He then enrolled in his preferred college, Colorado State University. He grew to respect and love CSU as a place with dedicated and challenging faculty and a motivated student body.
Following CSU, he obtained his M.D. at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, completed a four-year surgery residency at Stanford University Medical School and a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin.
He returned to Denver to join an esteemed private practice of plastic surgery. After a decade in that group, he had the opportunity to start the plastic surgery program for Kaiser Permanente in Denver. In 1998, he was elected president of the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and served in that capacity for nine years, when he was recruited to be the national physician leader for Kaiser Permanente in 2007 until his retirement in 2015.
Dr. Cochran has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Physicians in Healthcare” (2009, 2010, and 2012). He sits on numerous boards and has volunteered as a surgeon in Latin America, Asia, and East Africa for 30 years. Earlier this year, he created the Dr. Jack Cochran Family Professorship in the Natural Sciences at Colorado State University. He is the proud father of Ryan Cochran and proud grandfather of Taylor Cochran, an aspiring future Ram.
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Honor Alumnus
Nicholas Booth, Ph.D., D.V.M. (M.S., physiology and pharmacology, ’51)
Dr. Nicholas H. Booth grew up on a dairy farm near Hannibal, Mo., rising at 4 a.m. to deliver glass bottles of milk to customers’ homes. He loved to follow the visiting veterinarian around the farm, observing his every move.
Booth graduated from high school in 1941, served in the Navy during World War II, and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1947 at the Michigan State University.
After a year of working in a large-animal practice in Missouri, Booth came to Colorado A&M for a master’s degree in physiology. He met his wife of 69 years in a microbiology class here, and they raised their three children in Fort Collins. He took a brief hiatus to work on his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Medical School. He became head of CSU’s Department of Physiology and Biophysics in 1956 and was named dean of the college in 1966.
One of his first actions was to change the name of the college to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, to reflect the innovation and diversity in its teaching and research enterprises. Booming enrollment in the 1960s created a need for new facilities, and Booth forged new partnerships with the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and political leaders that led to the construction of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital more than a decade later.
Booth led the college through the unsettled political and economic climate of the late ‘60s with personal warmth and dedication, and in 1971, he accepted a position as director of the Division of Veterinary Medical Research at the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C., later joining the faculty of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Throughout his career, he has reminded veterinary students that the Latin origin of the word “doctor” is docere, which means “to teach.” “It is one thing to be well trained, it’s another to be kind. I believe the alumni of CSU are exceptional at both,” Booth says.
Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering Honor Alumnus
Donald J. Law (B.S., civil engineering, ’75)
Don Law arrived on the Colorado State University campus in 1971. The Colorado Springs native and first-generation student, was following in the footsteps of an engineer uncle who was a CSU Ram in the 1940’s. This uncle, who had a successful career building dams worldwide, helped pave the way for Don’s aspirations.
While at CSU, Don met Susie; he walked her to class that morning, and they recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. Following graduation, armed with a civil engineering degree, and faced with a recession and no job prospects, he headed up to Vail to be a “ski bum.” As what he calls “invisible Y’s in the road of life” got to work, just one week later, he struck up a conversation with a Houston businessman on a gondola. This man happened to be the president of an oil and gas company, and he offered Law a job on the spot.
By 1980, Law had founded his own successful oil and gas exploration company, Prima Exploration, which would eventually open operations throughout the mountain west, and into North Dakota, Nebraska, and Texas. In 2007, Don and Susie established Law Estate Wines in Paso Robles, Calif. The vineyard produced its first wines in 2010 to outstanding reviews.
A longtime advocate and loyal supporter of CSU and its land grant mission, Law has given generously of his time and financial gifts. In the past 20 years, he has served on the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering’s Dean’s Advisory Council, established the Donald & Susie Law Scholarship in Engineering, provided the lead gift for the Suzanne & Walter Scott Biomedical Engineering Building, served as commencement speaker for the College, and invested in CSU Athletics in meaningful ways.
Law considers himself extremely fortunate, and credits education with his success. He continues to give back to not only CSU, but to several Denver area nonprofits focused on supporting at-risk youth in their primary school years through mentorship and scholarship.
Warner College of Natural Resources Honor Alumnus
Scott Fifer (B.S., watershed sciences, ’73)
The day following Colorado State University’s graduation ceremonies in 1973, Scott Fifer, watershed science diploma in hand, headed to South Dakota to assist the U.S. Forest Service in restoring the flood-ravished watersheds of the Black Hills National Forest – and so began a 45-year career as a professional hydrologist, serving in both the public and private sectors.
In 1974, Fifer was assigned as the forest service’s technical liaison to assist the state of Colorado in the development of a methodology to quantify the amount of water that should be maintained in streams to protect aquatic resources. This marked the beginning of the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s instream flow program. The methodology developed by the team became known as “R2-Cross,” a science-based methodology that is still used by the CWCB 40 years later.
In the early 1980s, Fifer transitioned to the private sector. As president of Resource Engineering, he specializes in water resources planning and is recognized as an expert in the field of water rights engineering. Fifer is often asked to provide expert testimony in the Colorado water courts.
In 2000, Fifer helped pioneer a snow-depth mapping system that utilizes radar and GPS technology mounted on a mobile platform. The resultant maps have been used by the ski industry to help ensure adequate snow depths at important venues such as the FIS World Cup and X-Games events.
In recent years, Fifer, in cooperation with the Copper Mountain Ski Resort, assists CSU’s watershed science faculty in implementation of the department’s senior capstone class project. Students utilize historic data collected at the resort in development of their senior theses, focusing on relevant issues including water yield, stream health, water quality, and the influence of climate change on watershed behavior.
Fifer returns to CSU annually as a guest lecturer on topics of water rights and watershed management. He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Nomination Forms & Award Descriptions
NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 1, 2018 (by 5 p.m. MST).
All nominations must be RECEIVED by this time/date.
This award is named for Colorado State University’s 8th President, Dr. William E. Morgan, whose participation in and commitment to the life of Colorado State University for over 30 years has significantly contributed to Colorado State’s position as a premier institution of higher education. This award is the highest honor given by the Association and is reserved for alumni who have excelled at the national or international level. The purpose of this award is to recognize a graduate of Colorado State University who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in his/her field of endeavor, whose achievements have brought credit to Colorado State University and benefit to his/her fellow citizens.
The ideal candidate must have:
• degree from Colorado State University
• proven record of extraordinary distinction and accomplishment in his/her field
• demonstrated achievements that have brought credit to CSU
• demonstrated leadership and service to his/her community and society at large
• received national or international recognition
• made a significant contribution of time and talent to the University
• demonstrated value for the university’s commitment to research, education, extensionand service
This award is named for Dr. Charles A. Lory, 5th president of Colorado State University, whose leadership helped the university attain a vital balance of teaching, research and service. It is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional and sustained leadership in his/her community, professional field, or personal commitments, and has given a significant contribution of time and talent to the University. The recipient need not be a Colorado State University alumnus/a.
The ideal candidate must have:
• demonstrated exceptional and sustained leadership in his/her professional field and/or personal commitments
• demonstrated extraordinary and exemplary public and/or community service
• made a significant contribution of time and talent to the university
This award is given in honor of Jim (’40) and Nadine (Hartshorn) (’41) Henry of Longmont, Colorado, who exemplify extraordinary service to Colorado State University and its academic, athletic, and alumni programs. This award is presented annually to a person who represents the highest goals of the Alumni Association and Colorado State University, and who has given significant support and service to the Alumni Association and the University. The recipient need not be a Colorado State University alumnus/a.
The ideal candidate must:
• adequately embody and demonstrate the four core values of the CSU Alumni Association: Pride, Tradition, Relationships and Diversity
• demonstrate a commitment to, and involvement in, the life of the university
• have given significant support to the CSU Alumni Association and the university
• demonstrate a record of service to the university, the CSU Alumni Association and Athletics
The purpose of this award is to recognize a recent graduate for his/her accomplishments made in the area of career, service, and/or volunteer efforts that have brought honor to the individual and to Colorado State University. The nominee must have graduated from Colorado State University within the last ten years and must have received at least his/her undergraduate degree from Colorado State.
The ideal candidate must have:
• obtained CSU undergraduate degree within the last ten years from the nomination deadline (2006-2016)
• demonstrated contributions that have brought honor to the individual and to CSU in the area of career, service and/or volunteer efforts
The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual for his/her outstanding commitment to Colorado State University Athletics, who has contributed to the goal of excellence in athletics, and brought honor to the university. The recipient may be a current or former Athletic Department staff member, former athlete, or dedicated volunteer and does not need to be a Colorado State University graduate.
The ideal candidate must have:
• evidence of outstanding commitment to CSU Athletics
• made significant contributions (as a staff member, athlete, volunteer or donor) towards the success of CSU Athletics
• demonstrated achievements that have brought honor to the university
Colorado State University has a strong and rapidly growing base of alumni who have enrolled to CSU from abroad, herein referred to as “international alumni”. In recognition of the unique and distinguished alumni in this internationally diverse pool, the Distinguished International Alumni Award recognizes international alumni who have attained distinction and honor in their countries, and continue to create and sustain connections with the University.
The ideal candidate must:
• have a degree from Colorado State University
• be a former CSU student who came from another country
• have proven distinction and honor in their home country
• have continuous engagement with the University after graduation
Each year, the Colorado State University Alumni Association honors an outstanding alumnus/a from each of the University's eight colleges. An Honor Alumnus/Alumna is a former student who, by his/her distinguished career and service to the University, state, nation, or world, has brought honor to Colorado State University and to himself/herself.
Ideal candidate must:
- Be a former student from his/her respective college.
- Have a record of distinction and accomplishment in his/her field.
- Have demonstrated service to the University, state, nation, or world.
- Have demonstrated achievements that have brought honor to CSU and to himself/herself.
- Have demonstrated their pride in CSU through contributions of time and/or resources
- Write a paragraph for each of the criteria listed. Include a couple of examples of how the nominee "lives" the criteria.
- Ask multiple people who can provide different points of view or are from different parts of the nominee’s life to address the criteria. Compile these notes into one nomination. This will make it a more comprehensive nomination.
- Try to include a full picture (time wise) of the nominee’s actions. Include some examples from the nominee’s past and some more recent examples to show the continued demonstrated commitment and actions related to the criteria.
- Use the forms provided and follow the directions carefully.
- It is better to put information from external sources into the actual nomination than to include additional older newspaper articles or other documents.