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Celebrating Distinguished Alumni

The Colorado State University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards program recognizes CSU alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, brought honor to the University, and have made significant contributions of time and/or philanthropy to the university and their community.

The Alumni Association looks forward to honoring these wonderful alumni and showcasing their talents and achievements! Help us celebrate these amazing individuals on Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Lory Student Center.

Sponsorships Available

Please contact Lisa Hansen at (970) 491-3591 or Lisa.Hansen@colostate.edu to request information about becoming a Distinguished Alumni Awards sponsor. Click here for sponsorship level information. 

Nomination Forms & Award Descriptions

Nominations for the 2019 awards are closed. Check back soon for 2020 nomination forms.

2019 Recipients

The CSU Alumni Association would like to congratulate the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award

Don Law (B.S., civil engineering, ’75) and Susie Law (B.S., computer science, ’76)

Charles A. Lory Public Service Award

Morris Price Jr. (B.A., speech communication, ’87)

Jim and Nadine Henry Award

Ross Thompson (B.S., finance-real estate, ’78) and Sue Thompson

Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award

Kareem Rosser (B.A., economics, ’16)

Distinguished Athletics Award

Chris Susemihl

College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus

Mark Swanson (B.S., agricultural business, ’86; M.B.A., ’04)

College of Business Honor Alumnus

Frank Balog (M.B.A., ’03)

College of Health and Human Sciences Honor Alumna

Karen Morris-Fine (B.S., food science and nutrition, ’67; M.S., food science and nutrition, ’70; Ph.D., food science and nutrition, ’78)

College of Liberal Arts Honor Alumnus

Daniel Tyler (M.A., history, ’67)

College of Natural Sciences Honor Alumna

Denise Rutherford (Ph.D., chemistry, ’89)

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Honor Alumnus

Marvin Beeman (B.S., physical science, ’55; D.V.M., ’57)

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering Honor Alumna

Tina Larson (B.S., chemical engineering, ’96)

Warner College of Natural Resources Honor Alumnus

Jack Capp (B.S., wildlife management, ’65; M.S., fishery and wildlife biology, ’67)

Nomination Forms & Award Descriptions

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, May 31, 2019 (5 p.m. MST).

WILLIAM E. MORGAN ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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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:
• a degree from Colorado State University
• a 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

CHARLES A. LORY PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

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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 must be a Colorado State University alum.

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

JIM AND NADINE HENRY AWARD

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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 must be a Colorado State University alum.

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

GRADUATE OF THE LAST DECADE (GOLD) AWARD

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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 

DISTINGUISHED ATHLETICS AWARD

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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 must be a Colorado State University alum.

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

COLLEGE HONOR ALUMNUS/ALUMNA AWARD

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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
NOMINATION RENEWAL

Nomination Tips

  • 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.