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Honoree Criteria


See the list of our alumni awards along with selection criteria and processes.

Past honoree

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna of the Year

Purpose
To recognize and honor an alumnus/a of University of Northwestern who has demonstrated God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community, and in his/her profession.

Selection Criteria

  • Distinguished leadership and service to the community
  • Demonstrated leadership and service to humanity
  • Distinguished achievement in his/her profession
  • Active member in a church community
  • Attended Northwestern for a minimum of the academic equivalent of one year or other institutions consolidated with University of Northwestern
  • Advocate of Northwestern
  • Significant contributions to Northwestern

Selection Process

  • A Distinguished Alumnus/a Award may be awarded annually at the discretion of the Alumni Council, with administration approval.
  • The nomination process shall be open to all members of the Alumni Association.
  • The Alumni Office must receive all nominations in writing.
  • Recognition is extended to the person who has served quietly and faithfully, as well as to those who are widely recognized for their contributions (financial or otherwise).
  • The members of the Alumni Council and the Alumni Director will select the recipient, with the president's approval.
  • If possible, the candidate must plan to spend a day on campus, speaking in chapel and be able to accept the award in person at a public presentation program.


Buckles-Hanna Service Award

Purpose

To recognize and honor an alumnus who in the past or is currently a member of University of Northwestern community (i.e. faculty, staff, trustee, administration and/or volunteers) and who has given outstanding service to the Northwestern community and its mission.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership and service to Northwestern
  • Active member of a church
  • Attended Northwestern for a minimum of the academic equivalent of one year or other institutions consolidated with University of Northwestern
  • Advocate of Northwestern
  • Significant contributions to Northwestern.

Selection Process

  • The Service Award may be awarded annually at the discretion of the Alumni Council.
  • The nomination process shall be open to all past and present faculty, staff administration and volunteers of Northwestern.
  • The Alumni Office must receive all nominations in writing.
  • Recognition is extended to the person who has served quietly and faithfully, as well as to those who are widely recognized for their contributions (financial or otherwise).
  • The members of the Alumni Council and the Alumni Director will select the recipient, with the president’s approval.
  • If possible, the candidate must plan to spend a day on campus, speaking in chapel and be able to accept the award in person at a public presentation program.


Athletic Hall of Fame

Purpose

To recognize those individuals who best exhibit the integrity and Christian commitment that exemplify University of Northwestern and the Athletic Department. Former players, coaches, groups, and other individuals who have made significant contributions and brought honor to the athletic program are eligible for selection to the Athletic Hall of Recognition.

Objectives

  • Give lasting recognition to outstanding individuals or groups of University of Northwestern.
  • Serve as a reminder to students and the public of those people who have been instrumental in creating the athletic tradition at University of Northwestern.
  • Promote continuing interest in the Athletic Department.
  • Establish a public relations vehicle to further enhance relations between the Alumni, Athletic Department, College, and all its constituencies.

Criteria for Induction and Continuing Recognition

  • Evidence a continuing commitment to the claims of Christ in their life.
  • The athlete must be a letter winner as reflected in official college records.
  • The athlete must have graduated from Northwestern or attended a minimum of four (4) full-time semesters at Northwestern (full-time defines as at least twelve (12) credits per semester).
  • Former athletes must be at least five (5) years removed from Northwestern.
  • No more than four (4) individuals or groups to the Athletic Hall of Recognition will be selected each year.
  • Under extreme circumstances and when necessary, the committee holds the authority and will convene to remove an inductee from the Athletic Hall of Recognition.

Other Considerations

  • Athletic excellence as evidenced by special honors, awards, or recognition.
  • Academic achievement.

Nominations will be accepted from alumni, current and former employees of Northwestern, and others who have a special interest in Northwestern athletics. Persons nominated but not selected will continue to be considered each succeeding year. Nominations will be accepted year-round. Nominations should include as much supporting evidence as possible and can be made through the online nomination form or in writing:

Alumni Relations
University of Northwestern
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113-1598

Selection Committee will convene in the spring to select inductees for the following fall’s Homecoming and will consist of: Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, a Faculty Athletic Representative, two (2) to three (3) current members of the Northwestern Athletic staff, and the Senior Director of Development Relations.


Music Hall of Recognition

Purpose

To recognize those individuals who best exhibit the spirit, integrity, and Christian commitment that exemplify University of Northwestern and the Department of Music. Former music majors and other individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of music and have brought honor to the Department of Music are eligible for selection to the Music Hall of Recognition.

Criteria

  • Nominees must evidence a continuing commitment to the claims of Christ in his/her life.
  • UNW Alumni Nominees:
    • must have graduated from UNW or attended a minimum of 4 full time semesters (6 full time quarters) Full time is defined as at least 12 credits
    • must have been a music major
    • must be at least 10 years removed from UNW
    • must have a proven track record of excellence in musical performance, music education, and/or musical leadership
  • Non-Alumni Nominees: Non-UNW alumni may be nominated for their service to the UNW Department of Music
  • No one serving on the Selection Committee may be selected to receive this award while serving on the committee
  • Under extreme circumstances and when necessary, the Selection Committee holds the authority to convene to remove an inductee from the Music Hall of Recognition.

Selection Process

  • The Selection Committee will convene in the spring to select inductees for the following fall’s Homecoming. The Committee will consist of:
    • Chair of the Department of Music
    • Director of Alumni & Parent Relations
    • Three members of the Music faculty
  • The Selection Committee holds the authority to not make an award in a given year, and no more than two persons will be elected in any given year to the Music Hall of Recognition.
  • Nominations will be accepted from alumni, current and former employees of UNW, and others who have a special interest in music at UNW.
  • Nominations will be accepted year-round, and a decision to place someone in the Hall of Recognition will be made by May 1 of each year for the following year.
  • Persons nominated but not selected will continue to be considered each succeeding year. Nomination Deadline is in April, see Music Events for details.
  • Nominations must be made online or in writing and should include as much supporting evidence as possible. Nominations should be submitted to:

Chair, Department of Music
University of Northwestern, F2224
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113-1598

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