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 2016 Award Recipients

Dr. Ron LettDistinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Ronald Lett, BSC ('74), MD, MSC

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

Dr. Ronald Lett has dedicated his life to helping people. Co-Founder and International Director of the Canadian Network for International Surgery—which provides medical and surgical assistance in countries where they are a luxury that many cannot access—Dr. Lett also co-chairs the African Canadian Committee for Essential Surgical Skills, is Scientific Associate of two African Injury Control Centres, and Adjunct Professor of Surgery at McGill University and the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Lett attended Camrose Composite High School before studying at Camrose Lutheran College, and then attending the University of Alberta for medical training, followed by a Masters at McGill. As an inspiring figure to Augustana’s current undergraduate students, he has proven that humble beginnings can lead to great things.

“Dr. Lett’s story exemplifies many of the most important values of this campus,” says Dean Allen Berger. “This fact, along with the many other recognitions he has received, including induction to the Camrose Composite High School Wall of Fame in 2004 and the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award in 2008, reveal that this award is long overdue.”

 

Alumni Association Citation Award: Brandi Chytracek

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

Brandi ChytracekTo Brandi Chytracek, Augustana (or Camrose Lutheran College, as it was when she first arrived) is home – both figuratively and quite literally. Brandi lived on campus from 1982 to 1999 with her husband Mark, beloved Director of Student and Residence Services, and continued as his pillar of support until his passing in 2015.
Brandi’s support went beyond her husband, towards the students she lived amongst and to the very core of the Augustana community, as she helped with Resident Assistant, Hall Coordinator, and Student Association Executive training, delivered workshops for effective communication, and offered talents from her profession as a teacher to counsel and support anyone in need. The students in Moi Hall, the dorm where Mark and Brandi lived, also got early lessons in relationship building and parenting as they watched (and later helped!) the Chytraceks raise their children.

“No one will ever know of the personal sacrifices Brandi & Mark made during their lives, to serve the needs of students at Augustana,” relates former Alumni Citation Award recipient Les Parsons. “But, everyone who was blessed to share their lives with the Chytraceks, knows what a difference Brandi and Mark made in their lives.”

 

Lois Aspenes Award: Tyler Bellamy ('09)

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

Tyler Bellamy (left) with current hockey coach Blaine Gusdal (right)
Coach Gusdal (left) with recipient Tyler Bellamy (right)

Tyler Bellamy is the very definition of “once a Viking, always a Viking.” Born in Revelstoke, BC, Tyler came to Augustana to study physical education and play hockey. Tyler became team captain of the Vikings in 2008, and volunteered as an assistant coach, even after graduation, for the next six years. His commitment to the team didn’t stop there; in 2015, Tyler founded the Vikings Hockey Alumni Association and now acts as President.

“Tyler has spent countless hours working, promoting, and assisting with many ventures for the continued development of our Vikings Hockey Program,” says current head coach Blaine Gusdal. “He has always shown a tremendous level of loyalty and passion towards the team, former teammates, and to the future of our Vikings Hockey Program in Camrose.”

Tyler has been involved in a number of fundraising and alumni ventures that prove his unwavering determination to see the Vikings Hockey program thrive. Annually raising funds by way of sweater sponsorship and the Adopt A Viking program, Tyler has also chaired and organized the last four Alumni Hockey Weekends. Alongside his Viking duties, Tyler is raising a family and working as a detective with the Camrose City Police.


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.

Award Nomination Form (PDF)