Nominations Underway for Alumni Awards

New categories have been added for the 2012 Awards. Deadline for nominations is March 2.

You can now nominate deserving alumni, faculty, organizations and students for the all-new Alumni Awards, which will be announced at a gala event May 12, in the Walter & Myrtle Powers Reading Room of Hargreaves Hall.

The Alumni Awards Gala is a formal ceremony to celebrate the professional successes and community contributions of EWU alumni. It is an opportunity to enjoy an elegant evening that includes dinner, musical entertainment and an awards program, while seeing the impact EWU graduates have on the world.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. The full description of this award is outlined below. As the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, the recipient will be celebrated with a private reception following the awards ceremony.

The evening will also conclude with a welcome initiation of senior students, as the new incoming alumni..

The nomination process will take place online at the 2012 Alumni Awards website. Nominations open Jan. 20, and will be accepted until midnight, Feb. 24. The criteria for each category will be listed on the website.

Award recipients will be selected through a fair and open process, by a committee comprised of past award winners, EWU Alumni Association board members, current EWU senior students, EWU faculty and various community members. Award semifinalists will be notified prior to the event and the final award winners will be announced at the event itself.

The Office of Alumni and the Alumni Association are excited about this new addition to our events and the opportunity it presents to recognize and celebrate our alumni.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. It recognizes alumni who have achieved exceptional success in their professions; have been leaders in their community; have exemplified him or herself as a mentor and role model; demonstrated a lifetime of service to their community and to EWU over his/her lifetime.


  • As the highest honor an alumnus can receive, the nominee must demonstrate a history of active participation in the EWU community and a commitment to ensuring its future vitality.
  • The nominee must be an alumnus of Eastern Washington University with a minimum of 15 years of professional experience since graduating.
  • This person has a lifetime record of substantive contributions to their professional field.
  • This person demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or mentorship to others.
  • This person serves as a role model to and shows a strong commitment to
    community service.

Inspirational Young Alumni Award

This award is designed to recognize up-and-coming leaders among EWU’s young alumni (graduates in the last 15 years or less). Recipients demonstrate a commitment to excellence in post-academic life and a significant or ongoing commitment to extraordinary work, research or volunteerism.


  • Nominee has attained notable degree of prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement within the local or global community or the university.
  • He or she has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to the service of others.
  • Special consideration will be given for those who demonstrate significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.
  • The nominee must have graduated from EWU within the last 15 years
  • The nominee must be an alumnus/a of Eastern Washington University.

Alumni of Service Award

This award recognizes an alumnus who contributes significantly in the area of community service.

Criteria: (the nominee exemplifies one, or more, of the following):

  • This nominee has been active in the creation of inclusive communities by promoting equity and advancing the status of underrepresented groups.
  • This person demonstrates outstanding leadership and serves as a role model and mentor within their community and/or organization.
  • The nominee must be an alumnus/a of Eastern Washington University.

Exceptional Military Service Award

This award recognizes an alumnus who contributes significantly through their military service.

Criteria: (the nominee exemplifies one, or more, of the following).

  • This nominee is currently serving on active duty, in the Reserves or National Guard or has served honorably within the armed forces.
  • This person demonstrates outstanding leadership and exemplifies meritorious service within their organizations and throughout their career.
  • This person is active in the support of military families, dependents and service members.
  • The nominee must be an alumnus/a of Eastern Washington University.

Distinguished Faculty Award

Selected by popular vote by the alumni body, this award recognizes a distinguished EWU faculty. This award is presented as the voice of our community to the faculty member (current or past) of their choosing. In the event of a tie vote, there will be an additional process to determine a clear winner.


  • The nominator must be an EWU alumnus/a. The nominee does not need to be.
  • The nominee demonstrates passion in the classroom by delivering content in a meaningful and engaging manner.
  • The nominee has exemplary interpersonal skills in communicating with students.
  • The nominee participates in career coaching and mentoring activities.
  • The nominee demonstrates a strong commitment to creating a climate of caring and respect conducive to effective teaching and learning.

Organizational Excellence Award

This award recognizes a business or organization that has furthered the success of EWU and/or a division within the university.


  • The organization has demonstrated an outstanding dedication to supporting EWU and/or a division of EWU in achieving their goal or mission.
  • The organization has demonstrated enthusiasm and excitement in their support.
  • The organization is dedicated to enhancing the experience or education of an EWU student.

For more information, contact the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Leah Mow,, 509.359.4553.