Alumni Awards

Annual Alumni Awards

Each fall, the UW-Superior Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni, faculty, staff and community members. They represent, through their personal and professional accomplishments, the lasting value of the University and the Alumni Association. The awards are presented at the annual Appreciation Dinner, which is hosted by the UW-Superior Foundation and Alumni Association.

The following is a list of UW-Superior Alumni Association awards. All alumni are eligible and encouraged to make nominations. Nominations should be submitted no later than July 10 for guaranteed review. However, nominations will be accepted any time of the year. 


This award is presented to alumni of UW-Superior whose successes serve as an inspiration for current and prospective students. Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form


This award is presented to alumni of UW-Superior who have graduated within the last 15 years and are under the age of 40. Young Alumni Achievement Award Nomination Form Nominees will have met one or more of the following criteria:

  • Professional Achievement - received recognition or awards by professional organizations or place of employment.
  • Published Research, Innovation, or Creativity in Profession - professional or academic achievement related to creative, innovative research/work that betters nominee's career field.
  • Community Engagement - utilization of skills, resources, or time, to positively impact society, chosen community, need, or issue.
  • Global or Intercultural Experience - experience working with diverse populations resulting in intercultural competency, transferable intercultural skills, or interests in global environments.
  • Personal Achievement - high-level of ambition resulting in significant career advancement in broader community, regionally, or within place of employment.
  • Demonstrates and Supports UW-Superior's Vision, Mission, Goals.


This award is presented to a person who is not an alumni of UW-Superior, whose success serves as an inspiration for current and prospective students. Honorary Alumni Award Nomination Form


This award recognizes a current and retired UW-Superior faculty or staff member who has touched the lives of current and former UW-Superior students in a unique and significant way. The following criteria will be followed in the selection process: James Rainaldo Mentor Award Nomination Form

  • Demonstrated contributions of time and talent on behalf of UW-Superior in mentoring current or past students.
  • A letter of nomination demonstrating how the nominee has made a difference to you as a student or in your life thereafter.
  • Additional letters of support for the candidate are strongly encouraged.


We recognize that there are a number of individuals, groups, companies, organizations and institutions that have made significant contributions to further the goals of UW-Superior in terms of their time, energy, leadership and support. The following criteria are to be followed by the committee in the selection process: Edward and Betty Kossak Service Award Nomination Form

  • Demonstrated contributions of time and talent on behalf of the UW-Superior Alumni Association Mission.
  • Length of service will be a major factor in determining the recipient.
  • Has made a meaningful impact on UW-Superior and the student body.
  • Letters of recommendation in support of the candidate are strongly encouraged.