Nominate-ButtonHonoring leadership, dedication, creativity and achievement

Southern Oregon University has more than 40,000 living graduates worldwide. They are business leaders, active community volunteers and talented artists. The Alumni Association and Southern Oregon University value all of their accomplishments and take the time each year to recognize a few notable alums.

Distinguished Alumni of the Year

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that the University can bestow upon an alumnus. The award recognizes national and international career achievement and honors alumni who have brought extraordinary credit to the University.

(2014 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Bryan DeBoer ’88)

Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award recognizes alumni for their commitment to their community and service to people. There are many alumni who have dedicated their careers to serve others.

(2014 Alumni Service Award recipient Beth Heckert ’84)

Young Alumni of the Year

The Young Alumni Award recognizes a recent alumnus who is at the beginning of a career and is doing exemplary work in their business and personal endeavors.

(2014 Young Alumni of the Year Nicholas Grant ’05)

Excellence in Education Award

The Excellence in Education Award recognizes an alumnus who has distinguished themselves in the realm of teaching at the primary, secondary or collegiate level. 

(2014 Excellence in Education Award recipient Michael Parker ’81)

Alumni Ambassadors


Engaging and connecting our alums is both rewarding and practical. Our Alumni Ambassadors program honors our outstanding alums by degree program and connects those alums with our current students so that they receive a real-life view of that outside world.


(2014 Alumni Ambassadors Standing left to right: Mark Clarke’80, Erim Gomez’07, Rodney Pray’89, Danny Negra’02, Stephen Perkins’09, Larry Shrewsbury’89, Willy Long’12  and Jason Bauer’97.  Seated left to right: Kate Meyer’06, Kathleen Mateas’06, Kris Allison’07, Jill Borovansky’98 and Erik Osberg’05.)

Do you know an outstanding alum? To nominate an alumnus or alumna for these recognition awards, complete this nomination form and return it to the Office of Alumni Relations, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520 or via e-­‐mail to
See complete list of past Distinguished Alumni

Alumni Spotlight