Published: Oct. 27, 2017
The 2017 alumni award recipients.

Left to right: Alexander "Xander" Martin, Teju Ravilochan; Svein Hasund; Yusur Wajih Al-Madani, George "Geoie" S. Writer, Jr., Lorrie Shepard, Jeff Osterkamp, Barbara Nelson Cooke, Siddhartha Rathod, Philip P. DiStefano, Ron Scott, Robert H. Davis

In one of the campus's longest standing traditions, 11 outstanding members of the CU Boulder community were honored Oct. 27 during the Alumni Association's 88th annual alumni awards ceremony, a homecoming week event.

The event was held in a packed Glenn Miller Ballroom on campus, with a welcome from Ryan Chreist, assistant vice chancellor and executive director of the Alumni Association; remarks and presentation of the awards by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano; and emceeing by Chris Vanderveen (Jour '96), an investigative reporter at 9News.

The following exceptional alumni, faculty, students and community members have received 2017 alumni awards. Biographical information on each winner is available here.

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Forever Buffs Student Award

The Forever Buffs Student award honors CU Boulder students who demonstrate the Forever Buffs tenets of connection, contributing and celebrating their CU pride through extraordinary service to the university.

  • Alexander "Xander" Martin (Geog'18)

Leanne Skupa-Lee Award

Presented since 1984, this award recognizes effective and passionate volunteers who serve CU and the CU Boulder Alumni Association with extraordinary commitment, dedication and service to the advancement of the institution and its mission.

  • Barbara Nelson Cooke (Psych'75; MBA'81)
  • Svein Hasund (MechEngr'67)

Alumni Recognition Award

A tradition since 1935, this award honors CU Boulder alumni who celebrate the Forever Buffs tenets of connecting, contributing and celebrating their CU pride through their extraordinary service to the university.

  • Jeff Osterkamp (MEngr'97)
  • Ron Scott (Mktg'68)

Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

Presented since 1982 and renamed in 2004, this award—honoring its namesake's impressive career as a scientist, an astronaut who perrished aboard the space shuttle Columbia—recognizes CU Boulder alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their field within 15 years of leaving campus.

  • Siddhartha Rathod (Law'07)
  • Teju Ravilochan (IntlAf'09)

Robert L. Stearns Award

This award recognizes members of the faculty and staff for extraordinary achievement in any one or combination of the following areas: teaching, service to the university, work with students, research or off-campus service.

  • Robert H. Davis (faculty member; former dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science)

George Norlin Award

The George Norlin Award honors alumni of CU Boulder for distinguished achievement in their chosen fields of endeavor and a devotion to the betterment of society and their community.

  • Lorrie Shepard (MEdu'70; PhD'72)
  • Yusur Wajih Al-Madani (MEngl'77; PhD'82)
  • George "Geoie" S. Writer, Jr. (Fin'57)

View biographical information on each winner.