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Honors highlight accomplishments of distinguished graduates.
Nominations open for distinguished alumni awards
Three recipients will be honored at Homecoming
Leah Jackson
08/07/2017

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University is seeking nominations to recognize outstanding alumni with distinguished service awards during the university’s Homecoming festivities Oct. 21.

 “We are seeking to recognize Northwestern State alumni who are making important contributions to their career fields and their communities,” said Vanner Erikson, associate director of Alumni Affairs. “Please help us highlight the accomplishments of our graduates by nominating a deserving individual.” 

The Distinguished Alumnus award is presented to an alumnus who has a demonstrated record of service to NSU and long-term interest in serving the university. The recipient must have graduated at least 10 years prior to nomination and must be 40 years of age or older at the time of nomination.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is presented to a young alumnus has demonstrated an early record of service to Northwestern State. Recipients must be 40 years old or younger at the time of nomination.

The Volunteer of the Year award is given to a member of the NSU Alumni Association who demonstrates an exemplary record of volunteering time, talents and service to the Alumni Association and demonstrates active involvement with a chapter, alumni interest group, affiliate program, NSU Alumni Board or other forums of volunteer service to the university.

The honorees will be recognized Saturday, Oct. 21, along with other special guests, during the Homecoming football game in Turpin Stadium.

Nominations are also open for the Long Purple Line, NSU’s alumni hall of distinction. Established in 1990, induction into the Long Purple Line is the highest honor Northwestern State bestows on alumni to honor individuals whose lives and/or work have had a positive impact on others. Past inductees include scientists, educators, statesmen, entrepreneurs, writers, military leaders, philanthropists and others.

Inductees into the Long Purple Line will be recognized with a special ceremony hosted in March 2018.

To submit a nomination, contact Erikson at (318) 357-4415 or email eriksonv@nsula.edu. Nominations can also be submitted online by visiting northwesternstatealumni.com/getinvolved and scrolling to the Alumni Awards link.