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:
- 2016
- 2015 
- 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. To learn more about an award or to download a nomination form, click on the award title to the right. 

Nominations for the 2018 Excellence Awards are due Oct. 13, 2017. Award recipients will be honored at the Excellence Awards Gala April 28, 2018, at the Albany Country Club.

2017 Award Recipients:

Citizen of the University
William Kennedy

Distinguished Alumni
Dr. Lawrence A. Gordon, B.S. '66, M.B.A. '67

Outstanding Young Alumni
Honorable Dorcey Applyrs, M.P.H. '05, DrPH '14

International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement
Bushra Rahim, Ph.D. '15

Bertha E. Brimmer Medal
Rosemary Leva Evaul, M.A. '68

Excellence in Alumni Service
William J. McCann, Jr., B.A. '86, M.S. '87

Excellence in Arts and Letters
Marc Guggenheim, B.A. '92

Excellence in Business
David A. Buzen, B.S. '81

Excellence in Community Service
Melanie Gray, B.A. '78

Excellence in Community Service
Denis Murphy, B.S. '84, M.S. '86 and Lynda Murphy, B.S. '83, M.S. '85

Excellence in Education
Maritza Martinez, M.S.W. '83

Excellence in Public Service
Congressman Lee Zeldin, B.A. '01

Excellence in Science and Technology
V. "Ram" Ramaswamy,  Ph.D. '82

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.

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.

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.

Excellence in Alumni Service
Recognizes sustained leadership and service to the Alumni Association and the University.

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

Excellence in Business 
Recognizes alumni for outstanding distinction in business for profit.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Outstanding Young Alumni 

Recognizes early outstanding achievements in a chosen profession or field and/or service to the community.

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.