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The Association of Southwestern University Alumni


The Association Awards

Every year during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, The Association of Southwestern University Alumni honors members of the Southwestern community who exemplify the Core Values of the University and the mission of The Association.


Ed Ellis ''64, Nominations and Awards Chair on the Alumni Council, and the Nominations Committee is please to announce the The Association's 2013 Award Recipients. The following members of the Southwestern University community will be honored during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend on Sunday, Nov. 3 at noon in the Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, McCombs Ballrooms. A ticket to attend the event is required and can be purchased on the Homecoming pre-registration form or by calling 800-960-6363 by Friday, Oct. 25.  
     
2013 Award Recipients
  • Kenda Jameson Evans '92 - Distinguished Southwestern Service
  • Mike Lade '88 - Distinguished Humanitarian
  • J. Wehrley Chapman '60 - Distinguished Professional
  • Steve Cotton '77 - Distinguished Professional
  • Susan Youens '69 - Distinguished Professional
  • Anne Olson '08 - Distinguished Young Alumna
  • Blair Quinius '05 - Distinguished Young Alumnus
  • Sherry Adrian, associate professor of education - Ms. Homecoming



PRESS RELEASE: 2012 Alumni Awards (posted May 24, 2013)

Medal of Honor
Awarded to alumni whose accomplishments are regarded as the highest form of achievement. The purpose of the award is to recognize achievements that are rare and important.


Distinguished Southwestern Service
Presented to alumni who meet the following criteria:
    • Service to the University over a long period of time.
    • Service to his/her community, state and nation.
    • Leadership in his/her chosen profession, business or vocation.
    • Creativity of an artistic or literary nature, where applicable.
Georgianne Hewett '90
2012 Award Recipient
Georgianne Hewett '90

Evanston, Ill.

Photo by Lance Holt

Distinguished Humanitarian
Presented to alumni who have made a global impact on the human race by their actions while exemplifying Southwestern University's Core Values.

Farhana Mahmood Qazi '96
2012 Award Recipient
Farhana Mahmood Qazi '96

Fairfax, Va.

Photo by Lance Holt

Distinguished Young Alumnus/a
Presented to alumni in recognition of perseverance and dedication to a given area. The honored recipient must have graduated from Southwestern within the past 10 years and have demonstrated success, innovation and/or leadership either in his/her personal, academic or professional life.
Susannah Prucka '03
2012 Award Recipient
Susannah Prucka '03 

Baltimore, Md.

Photo by Lance Holt

Distinguished Professional
Presented to Southwestern University alumni who have performed exceptional civic and/or professional services in a given geographic area or field of endeavor. Recipients represent the highest standards of Southwestern University's commitment to a values-centered curriculum, development of the whole person and exemplifies Southwestern University's Core Values.
Jay Richards '89
2012 Award Recipient
Jay Richards '89  

Seattle, Wash.

Photo by Lance Holt

Mr./Ms. Homecoming
An honor given to a member of the faculty as a token of the affection and respect of former students. The award symbolizes the strength of the University: the strong personal relationships between students and faculty. It states clearly that alumni recall with appreciation what the recipient contributed to the education and development of former students.
Eric Selbin
2012 Award Recipient
Eric Selbin  

Professor of Political Science and University Scholar
Photo by Lance Holt

Former Awards and Honoring Those Recipients
In 2009, The Association of Southwestern University Alumni charged an Awards Task Force with reviewing the current Association awards program, making recommendations about how the program might be enhanced and stating that The Association awards program should recognize those whose achievements and contributions represent the very best of the Southwestern Experience, and by doing so inspire the Southwestern community and beyond. They submitted their report on July 11, 2009. Subsequently, a new set of awards criteria was approved by the Alumni Council Sept. 11, 2009 and the Alumni Assembly Jan. 24, 2010. The first of the new awards (see above) were presented in 2010.

Although the awards listed below are no longer given, we are proud to recognize and honor the recipients.
Citation of Merit Award Recipients (1969 - 2009) >>

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award Recipients (1965 - 2009) >>

Mr./Ms. Homecoming Award Recipients (1965 - 2011) >>

Pearl A. Neas Award Recipients (1970 - 2009) >>

Young Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Award Recipients (1996 - 2009) >>