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Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Award

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


Since 1985, the Grand Valley State University Alumni Association has selected Alumni Award winners, citing those alumni who have excelled in their chosen professions and reflected credit upon themselves, their communities and Grand Valley State University. The winners are selected by a panel of Directors of the Alumni Association, from a field of nominees presented by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University. A winner is selected for the April commencement ceremony.

Eglantina Gjermeni, '98

Eglantina Gjermeni, '98

The Outstanding Educator Award

2017 Outstanding Educator Award Recipient


This award is given annually to the Grand Valley State University faculty member who has had the most significant impact on the careers of alumni. A panel of members of the Grand Valley Alumni Association Board of Directors makes one selection each year.

Sheryl Vlietstra, '88

Sheryl Vlietstra, '88

The Young Alumni Award

2016 Young Alumni Award Recipient


The Young Alumni Award was initiated in 2008 by the GVSU Alumni Association to recognize recent graduates who are making outstanding contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers reflect favorably upon Grand Valley. This prestigious award will be presented to alumni nominees selected by a panel of members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The recipient is announced at December commencement.

Cory Jackson, '12

Cory Jackson, '12

The Alumni Service Award

2016 Alumni Service Award Recipient


Grand Valley Alumni Service Awards are presented annually to one or more recipients who has demonstrated outstanding service to the university and the Alumni Association. This awardee is selected by a committee representatives of GVSU Alumni Relations staff members. The recipient is recognized at the annual Alumni Volunteer Celebration event.

Bill Hudson, '78

Bill Hudson