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Traditions of Excellence Distinguished Alumni Awards

Traditions of Excellence Distinguished Alumni Awards

The UW-Parkside Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrates and honors the rich legacy of learning and accomplihsments by those graduates who have excelled in their chosen field or performed exemplary service to our community.

Each year the awards program recognizes two alumni from each of the university's four colleges in the categories of achievement and service. Both awards are a reflection of UW-Parkside and provide inspiration and encouragement for current students.

Thank you to all who submitted a nomination for 2018. Nominations will continue to be accepted year-round and any submitted after Feb 16, 2018 will be considered for the 2019 awards.



To be eligible for an alumni award nomination, candidates must meet the following requirements: 

  • Must have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Must be able to participate in person at the Traditions of Excellence awards ceremony if selected
  • Cannot have previously received a Distinguished Alumni Award in either the service or achievement category
    • Alumni who have never received the award may be nominated an unlimited number of times
    • A nomination may remain active and be reconsidered each year, for up to three years

Achievement Award- the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is given to graduates who have excelled in their professions. Nominees are evaluated on several factors, including evidence of growth in their profession, a commitment to excellence and lifelong learning, and positions of leadership in professional societies and organizations. Questions that will be considered when choosing this award can be found here.

Service Award- the Distinguished Alumni Service Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding and significant contributions to the community and/or UW-Parkside. Nominees are evaluated on the breadth of their volunteer and service work, its sustainability over time, and the leadership roles they’ve taken to further impact UW-Parkside and their community. Questions that will be considered when choosing this award can be found here.

Nomination Process

*Please note: The nomination process has changed since 2017. Please be attentive to the nomination process and timeline below.

Nominations are now being accepted year-round. However, nominations for 2018 should be submitted no later than February 16, 2018 for guaranteed review. Any nominations submitted after February 16 may be reviewed for the 2019 awards.  

Submitting Your Nomination

When submitting a nomination, follow these guidelines:

  • Check the list of past award winners to make sure your candidate has not already won an award
  • Read the awards criteria and eligibility requirements before submitting a nomination
  • Fill out and submit the nomination form online or send us a paper copy
    • Please include nominee’s current resume/cv and two letters of recommendation. One recommendation may be written by the nominator

If you are interested in nominating an alum but do not have access to the required additional materials, please contact us at or 262-595-2404.


Selection Process

Each college has a selection committee who reviews nominations within their college. The committees may be comprised of the college dean, advisory board members, UW-Parkside Alumni Association board members, and faculty and staff. “At large” participants are often asked to join a selection committee at the dean’s request. The selection committee reserves the right to grant an award for which the candidate has not been nominated.

Selections will be made in March. 

The selection committee will keep candidates on the active consideration list for three years. Nominators are welcome to submit additional information for candidates not selected in a given year.

Traditions of Excellence

May 2018
Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities and Wyllie Hall

Check back in 2018 for more information

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