Students encouraged to nominate alumnus

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Formerly an event that only received nominations from faculty and staff, the 2013 alumni awards encourages students to nominate an alumnus. The nomination deadline is Dec. 31 and nomination is open to the entire Pacific University community. To nominate an alumnus, one must complete and submit a form, a letter of nomination and three pieces of media to support the achievements of the alumnus.

Awards up for nomination are the Young Alumni Leadership Award, the David and Sandy Lowe Outstanding Service Award and the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

“This last year we had all four areas of the college reflected in the alumni awards, which does not happen very often,” said Director of Alumni Relations Martha Calus-McLain. “It was a very nice outcome and the recipients were all very diverse and deserving.”

Nomination forms are offered at on the awards page. Nominators can also contact the alumni office at to offer a name. Generally faculty and staff have nominated deserving alumni in the past but student involvement is encouraged.

“We don’t tend to get a lot of student nominations,” said Calus-McLain. “I think in the last six years we have gotten a nomination from one student.”

Once nomination packets are processed they are sent to the Awards and Scholarship Committee of the Alumni Board then voted on. From there, decisions are sent to the president’s cabinet for final approval. The full voting process takes close to six months.

“These alumni awards are the top honor that Pacific bestows on alumni,” said Claus-McLain. “The recipients consider it an incredible honor to receive awards.”

Past recipients of alumni awards contributed both to the Pacific community and the world community in diverse ways, including health profession work in Haiti, as the 2012 recipient of the Young Alumni Leadership Award did.

The 2012 recipients of alumni awards were Irv Zemrau, P.J. Pitts, Clark Peters, and Lynn Meredith.

The final awards will be presented on homecoming day of fall 2013


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