Alumni Awards

In the 2021-2022 academic year, UNA will celebrate the 150th anniversary of UNA’s admittance of women. UNA was the first coeducational university south of the Ohio River. We are so excited to honor our alumnae and for the first time in the UNA Alumni Awards history, every single award will be given to a woman with the exception of our Promising Alumni Award. 

In establishing these awards, the UNA National Alumni Association seeks to recognize alumni and future alumni who, through their service, have brought great distinction to themselves and to UNA and to foster continued interest in and support of UNA.

Nominations for 2021-2022 Alumni Awards will be open April 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021. 

UNA alumni, students, and friends are welcome to submit nominations. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes one alumna or friend who has exceptional professional achievements, philanthropic efforts, and service to the University of North Alabama.

Recipients must have strong evidence of the following:

  • A lifetime of exceptional involvement and service to professional or philanthropic field.
  • A lifetime of significant leadership and/or scholarly productivity within professional or philanthropic field.
  • A lifetime of continued contribution to UNA monetarily or through service.

 

Alumni of the Year Award

This award will be given to one alumni, who graduated at least ten years ago, who have utilized their degree and made great inroads and successes in their profession. They have made contributions to UNA.

Recipients must have strong evidence of the following:

  • Exceptional involvement and service to professional or philanthropic field.
  • Significant leadership and/or scholarly productivity within professional or philanthropic field.
  • Continued contribution to UNA monetarily or through service.

 

Community Service

This award will be given to an alumni who has contributed greatly to the advancement of their community locally, regionally, and/or nationally through volunteer efforts or philanthropic endeavors that positively reflects on UNA.

 

Educator of the Year

This award will be given to one alumna that has excelled in a profession as educator at the elementary, secondary or college level either as a teacher, professor or administrator. They have excelled in that profession and received accolades and awards from their peers.

 

Faculty Alumni Service

This award will be given to one UNA alumni who has been employed as full-time faculty member by UNA for at least five years and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Recipients must have strong evidence of the following:

  • Strong participation in areas outside of their professional duties that benefit UNA.
  • Strong service to the Student Body through advising, volunteerism, and excellence in academic instruction.

 

Staff Alumni Service

This award will be given to one UNA alumna who has been employed as full-time staff member by UNA for at least five years and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Recipients must have strong evidence of the following:

  • Strong participation in areas outside of their professional duties that benefit UNA.
  • Significant contribution to the advancement of UNA through or outside of their current position.

 

Friend of the University

This award will be given to a member of the UNA family who is not a graduate of the university, but has given time, talent, and/or resources for the benefit of UNA.

 

Military Service

This award will be given to one alumni who serves our country through the military.  The UNA ROTC Lion Battalion remains visible and has a proud tradition of providing quality officers from North Alabama.  In addition to the UNA ROTC graduates who become future leaders of the U.S. Army, alumni who serve the armed forces in the Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, Coast Guard and exploration of Space are considered for nomination.

 

Public Service

This award will be given to one alumni who has contributed greatly to society within the realm of local, state, federal government, and/or nonprofit organizations.

Recipients must have strong evidence of the following:

  • Commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Commitment to public service and performed activities resulting in significant accomplishments within their field.

The recipient may be an elected official, but selection is not limited therein. Selection will be based on performance not on political affiliation.

 

Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni award is awarded to an alumni who has graduated within the last ten years.

Recipients must have strong evidence of the following:

  • Outstanding achievement within professional or philanthropic field.
  • Personal growth in professional career, civic service, and/or cultural service in ways that positively reflect on UNA. 

 

Promising Alumni

This award will be given each year to eight graduating seniors who have demonstrated great promise in their chosen fields, through academic performance, and who show great potential for future community and university service, through co-curricular involvement. 

Nominations for the Promising Alumni Award will open in Fall 2021.

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Robert L. Potts

Alumni of the Year: Tyrone Jerrell Dennis '02

Friend of the University: Officer Gregory M. Kirby & K9 Toby

Military Service: LTC Joerle "JB" Blaine Blackman '84

Public Service: Casey Jerome Eggleston '97

Community Service: Sonja Redonna Croone '98

Educator of the Year: Ana Carolina "Carol" Behel

Faculty/Staff Alumni Service: LeRoy "Lee" Franklin Brownell '90

Young Alumni: Indigo Jade Shanice Fort '15

Past Winners