One committee, comprised of two (2) members of the SIU Alumni Association National Board of Directors, one (1) member of the Student Alumni Council, one (1) alumnus, one (1) SIU campus representative, and one (1) current SIU student will select the recipient of each award. The composition of the committee will be reviewed by the Association on a yearly basis.
This Committee will select recipients for the following awards:
The Distinguished Alumni Award For Career Achievement
The Distinguished Humanitarian Award
The Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award
The Cultural Impact Award
For each award, only one SIUC alumnus/a will be recognized on an annual basis. Alumni are graduates and former students of the University. Former students are those who have successfully completed one full-time quarter or semester of academic course work. Decisions based on ties, etc. during the selection process, will be made by the chairperson of the SIU Distinguished Alumni Award Committee.
General criteria for a suitable nominee:
Selections are to reflect the diverse composition of the worldwide SIUC alumni body and will include alumni who have foremost, brought honor to Southern Illinois University while meeting the criteria of the individual award. These individuals will have displayed character and utmost dignity in pursuit of their aspirations, and in turn, have earned the respect of their peers. This includes alumni with local, national, and international accomplishments.
Nominees must meet specific criteria for the award for which they are nominated:
SIU Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement
Recognizes superior professional achievement
Recipient must be at least 41 at time of presentation
Recipient must be recognized nationally or internationally for professional contributions
Distinguished Humanitarian Award
Recognizes service to the Association, University, community, or nation
Recognizes significant contributions to society
Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award
Recognizes an SIU Graduate who demonstrates career success and commitment to the Association and/or University
Recipient must be under the age of 40 at the time the award is presented
Cultural Impact Award
Honors those who contribute to the growth and success of arts and cultural organizations
Demonstration of extraordinary contributions made to the arts and humanities in the education, economic vitality, and quality of life and/or communities
Individuals and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to cultural/artistic endeavors
Recognizes individuals and organizations for artistic excellence, innovation, achievement and/or support of the arts
1. Any graduate or former student of Southern Illinois University Carbondale is eligible with the exception of current Association board members and employees. Former students are those who have successfully completed one full-time quarter or semester of academic course work.
2. Any person can nominate a candidate for an award with the exception of self-nomination and family member nomination. Parents, grandparents, siblings, children, spouses, grandchildren, aunts, and uncles are considered family members.
3. All inductees are required to personally attend the induction events. If they cannot attend (barring an emergency), their name will be resubmitted to the nomination committee and will remain active for an additional three (3) years. Recipients will also be encouraged to network with students and participate in classroom discussions.
4. Posthumous awards can be made to honor the contributions and achievements of alumni.
5. A framed photo of the alumnus/a, their major and graduation year, and career biography, will be mounted on the SIU Distinguished Alumni Wall in the Alumni Lounge of the Student Recreation Center.
6. Nominations will be accepted on a continual basis. Official nomination forms can be found on the Association’s website. If necessary, the form may be printed and sent to the SIU Alumni Association Office, Colyer Hall, to the attention of the Director of Corporate Relations.
7. Only those nominations following the nomination protocol and format will be considered.
8. Nominees will remain on the list for a maximum of three (3) years before being removed. However, they can be re-nominated.
This document has been prepared to provide basic guidelines to assist you in completing a nomination form for the SIU Distinguished Alumni Award (Young Alumni).
The nomination process consists of an online form containing a nomination statement of no more than three typewritten, single spaced, 8 ½” x 11” pages. No more than three one-page letters of support will be accepted in the online form as attached documents. A maximum of six pages may be submitted to the committee. Vitae and resume may be submitted but will count toward the max number of pages. This will allow the committee to focus on the most important aspects of the nominations.
Quality of Nomination:
As a nominator, you obviously believe that your candidate is worthy to receive an award. Therefore, it is up to you, through the quality of your nomination materials, to assist the nomination committee in viewing the achievements of your candidate as you do.
The importance of the quality of the nomination itself cannot be overemphasized. The nomination and supporting documents should be as complete and concise as possible to convey your candidate’s achievements. Keep in mind that those involved in the selection process may have no personal knowledge of the candidate and will rely on the documentation for the information they need to make reasonable judgments.
The following will assist in preparation of the nomination:
1. Nominee eligibility: Any graduate or former student of Southern Illinois University Carbondale is eligible with the exception of current Association board members and employees. Former students are those who have successfully completed one full-time quarter or semester of academic course work.
2. Nominator eligibility: Any person can nominate a candidate for an award with the exception of self-nomination and family member nomination. Parents, grandparents, siblings, children, spouses, grandchildren, aunts, and uncles are considered family members.
3. Nominee information: Provide complete name of candidate. Provide employment and home address information as accurately as possible, particularly an email address.
4. Additional supporting documents: Provide a copy of the candidate’s current resume and any substantial letters of recommendation or articles, if available. This information is not required for complete consideration but could be helpful to the committee.
5. Other professional accomplishments: Include service to the University, professional honors and awards, public service (local, national, and world-wide), and volunteer activities.
6. Significant contributions and achievements: Describe the candidate’s outstanding contributions and achievements in detail, within the space provided. The nominator must include information about the contributions/achievements in the areas considered for each award.
7. Existing nominations: Each nomination is considered for a total of three (3) years. Nominators are encouraged to update nomination materials to strengthen an existing nomination.
For more information or questions, please contact Alexa Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or (618) 453-2408.