Alumni Services

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 2018 Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award: Brian Wildcat, (CLC '79), MED '95

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

Over the course of his career spanning 30 years, Brian Wildcat has proven himself a champion of Indigenous education.

Brian is a member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation and has lived in Maskwacîs, AB his entire life. He attended Augustana (then Camrose Lutheran College) from 1976-79 and is now married with three children. Recently, Brian has been instrumental in the creation of the Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission (MESC), the amalgamation of four individual education authorities, by setting up a community dialogue between the Four Nations of Maskwacîs - Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe, Montana First Nation and Samson Cree Nation.

The development of MESC was inspired by three beliefs, focusing on what’s best for the children of Maskwacîs, guidance by the Cree philosophy of wahkohtowin and renewing their treaty relationship with Canada by implementing their treaty right to education. These ideas are captured in the MESC credo: Four Nations, Eleven Schools, One Vision. By creating a Cree education system based on community priorities and beliefs, MESC hopes to improve outcomes and results, including increased graduation rates and developing a Nehiyawatisowin curriculum based on Cree language and culture. 

Officially launched on September 4, 2018, MESC is seen by many as leaders in the continuing evolution of a Cree education system.

 

 

Alumni Association Citation Award: Camrose Public Library

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

For the first time, we are honouring an organization with the Augustana Alumni Citation Award—the Camrose Public Library. Over their seven years of involvement with Augustana’s Community Service-Learning (CSL) program, they have proven themselves both a valuable community partner and a deserving recipient of this award.

From their very first year as a CSL partner in 2012, the Camrose Public Library has stood out as they took on 33 students when the average per community partner is 6-8. Since that time, the Library has hosted 215 CSL placements, with Augustana students participating in youth programming, technology tutoring, planning a sustainable Christmas party, joining the Library Board as an intern and much more. In fact, the Library’s flexibility as a community partner has resulted in their hosting placements from almost every discipline at Augustana.

Above all, the library and their staff’s overwhelming love and support of hosting Augustana’s CSL students is of most note. In addition to providing placements within their set programming, the Library is always enthusiastic to collaborate on new placement ideas. Often when these unique ideas arise, it is the Library that comes to mind with the notion that if anyone can handle it, the Library can.

 

Lois Aspenes Award: Larry Johnson (CLC '70), BA '71, LLB '75

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

As an alumnus, Larry Johnson is a role model!  He has consistently dedicated his time and energy to ensure our Augustana Campus thrives. For this reason, he very quickly came to mind as the deserving recipient of Alumni’s 2018 Lois Aspenes Award.

Larry’s support has been given freely to many organizations across Camrose and Augustana Campus. As a student at Augustana (then Camrose Lutheran College), Larry was a member of many different clubs—from choir to canoeing—and an active member of the Augustana Students’ Association. This dedication to participating in campus activities while also working to help better the campus is still prevalent today. A past Director of the Augustana Alumni Association, a committee member on the University of Alberta Senate for two terms, a member on the 2010 Dean Selection Committee, a generous donor and a consistent supporter of all campus events—Larry is a reliable and trusted advocate who has made a noticeable impact at Augustana.

“Not only has Larry been a loyal supporter of Augustana, but his involvement with the Alumni Association, the University of Alberta Senate, and the 2010 Dean’s Search have helped strengthen our campus, built relationships, and connected us to important community priorities,” said Dean Allen Berger.

 

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)