Alumni Awards

Faculty Alumni Awards

It is a long standing tradition to present outstanding Alumni with awards in recognition of their career achievements, continued support of the campus community and the valuable time that they have given to the institution.  The award recipients exemplify what it means "to Lead and to Serve".

Nominate an alum who you know if doing great things! Download the nomination form.

 

Augustana Alumni Association 2015 Award Recipients

Verlyn and Mardell OlsenDistinguished Alumni Award: Verlyn Olson, QC ('74)

Awarded to an alumnus/a in recognition of outstanding achievement in one's vocation. 

Verlyn graduated from Camrose Lutheran College High School in 1972, following his diploma with two years of undergraduate study. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Verlyn returned to Camrose to article with Andreassen Ziebart, becoming an Associate in 1979 and then a Partner in 1983. Verlyn was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000.

The successful lawyer left his practice in 2007 to run for the Progressive Conservative party in Wetaskiwin-Camrose. He won in 2008, served on committees, and was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General in 2011. He was named Deputy Government House Leader and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2012. Verlyn returned to private life in 2015.

“Verlyn Olson is a sterling example of servant leadership,” says former Premier, Hon. David Hancock. “He has never, in my experience, put himself or his position first – always leading toward collaborative approaches and understanding. Verlyn has served Augustana, Camrose and Alberta well and is an exceptional representative of Augustana’s graduates.”

 

Alumni Association Citation Award: Les Parsons

Awarded to a non alumnus/a in recognition of significant contributions to the life of Augustana.

Les ParsonsLes Parsons was hired as cross-country ski coach for the Camrose Ski Club and Augustana Vikings in the fall of 2013: he worked in this position for one year and has been a volunteer coach the past two years. We had no idea what kind of impact he would have on campus in such a short time!

“Les has had a transformational impact on the Camrose Ski Club and community of Camrose that go far beyond his duties as a coach,” says Morten Asfeldt, associate professor of physical education. “He coaches “people first” and “skiers second”. It is first about empowering the people and second about helping them to increase their athletic performance. Les uses athletics as a means to empower people to live healthy lifestyles, to see beyond their own self-imposed limitations, and to inspire people to serve others in order to create a more humane and caring world.”

In 2014, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary by establishing a Hall of Fame for thousands of athletes, coaches and builders. Fifty people were selected to be honoured at the inaugural event, and Les Parsons was inducted.

 

Lois Aspenes Award: Bruce Cutknife ('97)

Awarded to an alumnus/a in recognition of significant contributions to the Alumni Association or to the life of Augustana.

Bruce Cutknife

A member of the Samson Cree First Nation from Maskwacis, Bruce has been invaluable to the Cultural College there in his work with Elders and in archiving the Cree language. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in History and Native Studies from Augustana in 1997, he worked in local radio and television while teaching at the Maskwacis Cultural College and dedicating himself to improving education in his communities.

Bruce has also made himself available to us at Augustana. He has helped a great deal in response to our Aboriginal initiatives: he assisted with our drafting the Statement of Acknowledgement of Traditional Territory (see page 1), and played an enormous role in the development of Wahkohtowin Lodge - including suggesting its name and providing the syllabics for its signage.

Bruce has been frequently generous with his time and wisdom over the years. He has been available as a guest lecturer in several disciplines, takes opportunities to set up his tipi on campus and discuss cultural awareness, plus offers mentorship for directed study projects when asked.


A printable (pdf format) Awards Nomination Form is provided below. Also provided are the selection criteria and names of past recipients for each award. Nominations will be considered by the Alumni Association Nominations and Awards Committee. The committee's recommendations are then provided to the Augustana Alumni Association Advisory Committee for final decision.

Instructions for returning nomination forms is provided on the form.

Possible awards:

Distinguished Alumni Award
Awarded to an alumnus/a in recognition of outstanding achievement in one's vocation.

Lois Aspenes Award:
Awarded to an alumnus/a in recognition of significant contributions to the Alumni Association or to the life of Augustana.

Citation Award:
Awarded to a non alumnus/a in recognition of significant contributions to the life of Augustana.


The following documents are in PDF format:

Previous Distinguished Alumni Awardees
Previous Lois Aspenes Awardees
Previous Citation Awardees
Award Nomination Form