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Recipients of the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Awards are (from left) Richard Schneider 86PhD, Cynthia Jones ‘86, Ronald Kreis ’69PhD, Ellen Cannon ‘76 and Susan Stroman ’76 '05H, with George Watson, dean of the college.

Honoring our outstanding alumni

​The College of Arts and Sciences accepts nominations for the annual Alumni Achievement Award each winter. This award recognizes CAS alumni who have had outstanding professional achievements while maintaining a connection to their community and to UD. We have honored our alumni with this award since 2010, and each year celebrate the recipients at the college’s annual Celebration of Achievement and Success in May. ​​Beginning in 2019 we also seek nominations for a Young Alumni Achievement Award category to acknowledge our alumni age 40 and younger.

Read about our 2018 Celebrating Achievement and Success event.

Call for Nominations | College of Arts & Sciences 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking nominations for the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award, and the Young Alumni Achievement Award which will be presented at the Celebrating Achievement and Success event on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Nominations are due by Friday, March 1.

The awards, which were established in 2010, recognize CAS alumni who have had outstanding professional achievements while maintaining a connection to their community and to the University. 

Recipients are selected from nominations made by CAS faculty and staff, as well as members of the larger UD community, to recognize accomplished alumni.

Criteria for the award include:

  • A College of Arts and Sciences alumnus or alumna;
  • Significant contributions to further his or her profession;
  • Significant career accomplishments and achievements;
  • A continuing relationship with the University; and
  • Community involvement.

Guidelines for nominations include:

The nominee must be a University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences alumnus/na 

This is defined as completing at least 30 credit hours.

 The nominee has made a significant contribution to further his/her profession

This may include:

  • Holding a leadership position within an organization,
  • Proven innovation in his/her field, or
  • Professional service activities the nominee has been involved with or leadership positions held. Examples include, but are not limited to, elected or appointed offices, directorships and trusteeships.

The nominee has made significant professional accomplishments and achievements. 

This may include:

  • Honors for his/her excellence and service through professional or civic awards and commendations or
  • Reaching a pinnacle of success related to job titles and positions held.

The nominee has maintained a relationship with the University of Delaware

This may include:

  • Serving on a University of Delaware committee or board;
  • Speaking on campus, providing internships or recruiting UD students;
  • Attending UD campus, regional alumni club or athletic events;
  • Maintaining a relationship with his/her advisor or faculty members; or
  • Financially supporting the university.

The nominee is involved in his/her community. 

This may include:

  • Serving on a local board or as a trustee for an organization,
  • Volunteering for an organization or for an event related to his/her community or a national cause, or
  • Connecting his/her company to the community.

Selected award recipients must be present to receive their award in person during the induction ceremony. Individuals not selected the first year of nomination are automatically reconsidered the following year.

To submit a nomination, please complete and return the nomination form to Maura Ruffing.

Alumni Achievement Award Recipients


Ronald M. Finch '56, Michael T. Kalmbach '08M, Dean George Watson, Lisa Blunt Rochester '02M, and John G. Gaul '78.


Ronald M. Finch '56, Michael T. Kalmbach '08M, Lisa Blunt Rochester '02M, John G. Gaul '78.


Paul A. Fiorvanti Jr. '92, Carol Van Dyke Freer '68, Tyron D. Jones '92 '95M, Andrew M. Stern '70, Mark S. Stewart '78, 
Joan E. Wainwright '82


Frank B. Wickes '59, Johanna E. Murphy '92, John R. Ewers Jr. '81, Emily Young Denney '98 '06M


Susan L. Buck '91M '03PhD,  Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich '83, Matthew B. Geller '78M, Guillermina Gonzalez-Sobrero '09M, 
Lawrence M. Principe '83


Michele Hackley Johnson '75, Steven E. Linberg '73, Carol A. Nigro '97M '09PhD


Deidre A. Bosley '79, Carolyn Cochrane Kent-Hale '66M, Amber Kerr-Allison '08M, David L. Warnock '80


John J. Baldwin '56, Mary Ann Hangen Blair '66 '82M, Claire M. DeMatteis '87, J. Matthew O'Donnell '94  


William C. Allen '72, Robert L. Witt '77

University Alumni Awards

​We are also proud of our alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences who have been recognized as recipients of other University Alumni Awards, including the Alumni Wall of Fame, the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement  and the University of Delaware Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award. For more information about these University awards and to view a complete recipient listing, please access UD Alumni Awards​​.

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