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College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards Program

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences honors alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their fields and to the lives of others. A ceremony for the 2015 winners will be held during Homecoming Weekend, October 8-11, 2015. This year’s winners are:

Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Malcolm Gissen and Harold McRae

Distinguished Service Alumnae of the Year

Tracy Epp and Elizabeth Hill

Young Alumna of the Year

Santina Protopapa

Learn more about our 2015 winners.



The purpose of these awards is to recognize graduates of the college and its predecessor schools (Adelbert College, Cleveland College, Flora Stone Mather College, Western Reserve College, and the math and science programs of the Case Institute of Technology) and to:

  • Celebrate their achievements
  • Honor the legacy of excellence
  • Encourage and inspire future alumni


Distinguished Alumni Award

This is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus or alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences or its predecessor schools. It recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves with distinct achievements in their professions or community service and have made significant contributions through demonstrated leadership.


Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes a dedicated alumnus or alumna for his or her outstanding volunteer service to the community since graduation, and for professional excellence in his or her career.


Young Alumni Award

This award recognizes alumni (graduates of the last decade and/or age 40 or younger) who have had outstanding achievements and accomplishments early in their career.