ALUMNI AWARDS


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To nominate an individual for one of the Alumni Awards, please use the nomination form below.

Nominations Process

The nominations procedure for the awards, except the Sports Hall of Fame Award, is: The Director of Alumni Engagement at Tusculum University and/or President, Alumni  Executive Board, solicits nominations through the Alumni Web Page, Broadcast E-mail, Tusculum Magazine, Alumni Executive Board Contacts, Faculty/Staff; General Discussion; and Nominations Form/Announcement at Annual Meeting. Names submitted for the awards are then reviewed by interviewing those who submitted the nomination and by researching files and database for previous awards/information for those individuals nominated. Following the collection of this information, nominations are submitted to the Alumni Executive Board.  Awards recipients are chosen at the discretion of the Alumni Executive Board by a vote of general consensus.

Entry deadline for the 2020 Alumni Awards is January 31, 2021.

PIONEER AWARD

The Pioneer Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in 1962 and is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious achievement in his or her chosen field; for distinguished service to church, community, country and humanity; and for continuing and loyal service to Tusculum University.

FRONTIER AWARD

The Frontier Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in 1995 and is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career. Consideration will be given to former students who have been graduated from the University at least five years, but no more than fifteen years. Consideration for this award should include continuing and loyal service to Tusculum University.

NATIONAL LIVING FACULTY AWARD

The National Living Faculty Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in 1996 and is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum University Faculty. The purpose of the Living Faculty Award is to bestow recognition on those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the University’s academic program(s). Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained an academic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, faculty members should have excelled during their service to Tusculum University by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and the academic program(s).

HONORARY ALUMNI AWARD

Established in 1996 and restructured by the Alumni Executive Board in 2020, the Honorary Alumni Award is presented to an outstanding member of the Tusculum University community.  The Honorary Alumni Award bestows recognition on those who have not attended the institution but have made outstanding contributions to the University. To be eligible, individuals must have maintained an active relationship with the University for at least five years. They must have excelled in their service to Tusculum University by demonstrating a commitment to its students and academic programs. The Alumni Executive Board retains the right to withhold this recognition during the years in which it decided no truly deserving recipient is nominated.

SPORTS HALL OF FAME – NOMINATE HERE

Nominations are open to Tusculum University alumni, former coaches, managers, sports editors, team trainers and other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Tusculum University sports program. Persons shall not eligible for consideration until five years after they have completed their college-playing career, or, in case of a non-athlete, maintained their athletic relationship with the college for at least five years. To be considered for induction to the Hall, athletes should have excelled in their individual Tusculum University sport, attaining individual honors and recognition while a student. Merely belonging to a season-winning team is not achievement worthy of induction into the Hall.

SPORTS BENEFACTOR AWARD – NOMINATE HERE

The Sports Benefactor Award was established by the Executive committee of the Alumni Association in 1995 and is presented each year to an outstanding friend of the University in recognition of outstanding support of the Tusculum University athletic program. Consideration for this award should be based on the person’s contributions to the athletic program and loyalty to Tusculum University athletics.

Past Winners

2010

Pioneer: Howard Doscher ’60
Frontier: N/A
National Alumni Recognition: Jeanne Stokes
National Living Faculty: Dr. David Bow

2011

Pioneer: Ken Bowman ’70
Frontier: Rebecca Muncy ’05
National Alumni Recognition: N/A
National Living Faculty: Dan Barnett

2012

Pioneer: Judith Domer ’61
Frontier: N/A
National Alumni Recognition: N/A
National Living Faculty: Dr. Deborah Bryan

2013

Pioneer: Mitch Robinson ’04
Frontier: N/A
National Alumni Recognition: Dr. Dan Donaldson
National Living Faculty: Wayne Thomas
Sports Benefactor: Dr. Craig Shepherd

2014

Pioneer: George P. Ryan ’75
Frontier: N/A
National Alumni Recognition: N/A
National Living Faculty: N/A

2015

Pioneer: Santo Cicirello ’63
Frontier: Marcus Holland ’05
National Alumni Recognition: Suzanne Richey ’14
National Living Faculty: Dr. Melinda Dukes

2016

Pioneer: Larry Brotherton ’70
Frontier: Justin Jeffers ’04
National Alumni Recognition: Doug Jones
National Living Faculty: Ron May ’68
Sports Benefactor: Chris Lenker

2017

Pioneer: Beverly Roberts ’90
Frontier: Dr. Jessica Epley Burchette ’06
National Alumni Recognition: Roxanne Jaynes
National Living Faculty: Dr. Lois Ewen
Sports Benefactor: Dr. Nancy Moody

2018

Pioneer: Leanna “Butch” Van Buskirk ’61
Frontier: John Eiskamp ’75
National Alumni Recognition: Peggy Brewer ’89
National Living Faculty: Dr. Angela Keaton

2019

Pioneer: N/A
Frontier: N/A
National Alumni Recognition: Doug Jones
National Living Faculty: Dr. Peter Noll