Excellence Awards

Award Descriptions & Nomination Forms
 - Bertha Brimmer Medal
 - Citizen of the University 
 - Distinguished Alumni Award
 - Excellence in Alumni Service               
 - Excellence in Arts & Letters 
 - Excellence in Business 
 - Excellence in Education 
 - Excellence in Entrepreneurship
 - Excellence in Public Service
 - Excellence in Science & Technology
 - International Alumni Award for
   Exceptional Achievement

 - Outstanding Young Alumni 

 View Past Excellence Award Winners:
 - 2014
 - 2013
 - 2012
 - 2011
 - 2010
 - 2009

The University at Albany Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni and friends of the University for their outstanding achievements and service to the University and community. These individuals personify the University's commitment to excellence and service and bring distinction to themselves and to our alma mater. The 2015 award recipients were honored at the Excellence Awards Gala May 2 at the Albany Country Club.

Nomination forms for the 2016 Excellence Awards will be available starting June 8. Completed nominations will be due Oct. 16, 2015.

2015 Award Recipients:

Distinguished Alumni
Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla '75

Citizen of the University
Michael J. Malbin

Outstanding Young Alumni
Brian Cechnicki '03, '04

Bertha Brimmer Medal 
Stuart J. Palczak '87, '88

Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Bruce Davis '73, '75

Excellence in Alumni Service
Matthew P. Reiner '93
Grace Barkus Vogel '77

Excellence in Arts & Letters
Robert Bellafiore '82

Excellence in Business
Dean Backer '88

Excellence in Community Service
Carol Whittaker '71, '73, '81, '05

Excellence in Education
Anne McGill-Franzen '88

Excellence in Public Service
Harris Oberlander '80

Excellence in Science and Technology
Albert Bunshaft '80 

Full profiles of 2015 recipients will be published following the Awards Gala May 2.

Award Descriptions:

Bertha Brimmer Medal
Honors University at Albany graduates for excellence in teach K-12 and dedication to their profession. This award was founded by the Class of 1934 and is named for a Class of 1900 graduate known for her devotion to teaching and service to the University. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Citizen of the University
Recognizes outstanding contributions to the University by a non-alumnus or alumna through leadership, service or a special gift. The award recipient is chosen by the University leadership. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Distinguished Alumni
Honors an alumnus or alumna with an extraordinary achievement – one who has been recognized nationally and/or internationally – or an individual who over the course of a decade or greater, has exhibited outstanding success in a chosen profession or outstanding service to society. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Excellence in Alumni Service

Recognizes sustained leadership and service to the Alumni Association and the University. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Excellence in Arts & Letters 
Celebrates alumni for outstanding achievement in music, literature and language, visual arts or performing arts. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Excellence in Business 
Recognizes alumni for outstanding distinction in business for profit. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Excellence in Community Service 
Pays tribute to alumni for time volunteered that benefits a community or its non-profit institutions. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Excellence in Education 
Pays tribute to alumni for extraordinary distinction in the field of education, including pre-K through post-secondary classroom teaching, school services and administration/supervision. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Excellence In Entrepreneurship
Recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who has demonstrated the spirit, leadership and drive of an entrepreneur. Consideration is also given to the nominee’s contributions to his or her community and the University. The award recipient is chosen by the Council for Economic Outreach. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Public Service 
Recognizes alumni for outstanding contributions to local, state or national communities generally, but not exclusively, through opportunities in appointed or elected office or public service nonprofit organizations. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Science & Technology 
Pays tribute to alumni for extraordinary distinction in science and/or technology. Download a nomination form.

International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement 
Recognizes international graduates of the University who are highly distinguished in their profession, either internationally or nationally in their own country; who have helped their nation and/or the world by outstanding contributions to government, science, art, education, business, or human welfare; and who exemplify the strength of their education at the University of Albany. Download a nomination form.

Outstanding Young Alumni 
Recognizes early outstanding achievements in a chosen profession or field and/or service to the community. Download a 2015 nomination form.

Contact Melissa Samuels for more information about nominating an individual for an Excellence Award. 
**Nominations may be made posthumously within two years of the nomination deadline.