Alumni Awards

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Nominations for the 2019 Alumni Awards are being taken! The deadline to nominate is May 11, 2019. Any nomination received after May 11 will go towards 2020 nominations.

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In establishing these awards, the UNA Alumni Association seeks (1) to recognize alumni and future alumni who, through their service, have brought great distinction to themselves and to the University and (2) to foster continued interest in and support of the University.

Each year, members of the constituency, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors will actively seek nominees for these awards.  Nominees will be presented to the UNA Alumni Association Awards Committee for final selection.  

Presentations for the following Awards are made at the annual Homecoming banquet.

Award Descriptions

Lifetime Achievement  

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/alumna or friend who has given a lifetime of service to the University.

Alumni of the Year Award      

This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who have utilized their degrees earned at the University and made great inroads and successes in their subsequent professions.    

Community Service:  This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who has contributed greatly to the advancement of his/her community, (local, region, or national) to the University, or to both through volunteer efforts or philanthropic endeavors.

Educator of the Year: This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna that has excelled in a profession as educator at the elementary, secondary or college level either as a teacher, professor or administrator. They have excelled in that profession and received accolades and awards from their peers.

Faculty/Staff Alumni Service:  This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who is a UNA employee and has contributed greatly to the advancement of his/her community, (local, region, or national) to the University, or to both through volunteer efforts or philanthropic endeavors.

Friend of the University:  This award will be given each year to a member of the University family who is not a graduate of this university but has given time, talent, and resources for the benefit of the University.

Military Service:  This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who serves our country.  The UNA ROTC Lion Battalion remains visible and has a proud tradition of providing quality officers from North Alabama.  In addition to the UNA ROTC graduates who become future leaders of the U.S. Army, alumni who serve the armed forces in the Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, Coast Guard and exploration of Space are considered for nomination.

Political Service:  This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who has contributed greatly to society within the realm of local, state, or national governance.  The recipient may be an elected official, but selection is not limited therein.  Selection will be based on performance and not on political affiliation.

Promising Alumni:  This award will be given each year to graduating seniors (eight) who have demonstrated great promise in their chosen fields (through academic performance) and who show great potential for future community and university service (through co-curricular involvement).  They are nominated and voted on by a selection committee composed of faculty, staff and alumni of the University.