Elon Alumni Association

Elon Alumni Awards

The Office of Alumni Engagement has presented annual awards to honor alumni and friends of Elon University who serve as active partners, advocates and investors since 1941. These awards, formerly known as Elon Alumni Association Awards, are presented in the fall during Homecoming Weekend and are the highest accolades conferred by the Office of Alumni Engagement.

If you know of an outstanding Elon graduate who is deserving of one of the following awards, please complete our online nomination form by April 18 for the 2015 Homecoming Awards Celebration.

2014 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumnus of the Year Award

  • Louis M. “Mike” Riccio JR. ’85 P’18, senior vice president and chief financial officer of La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Presented to an alumnus who has distinguished himself in a profession and in the community and brought honor to Elon.

Alumna of the Year Award

  • Gail Hettel LaRose ’64, philanthropist
    Presented to an alumna who has distinguished herself in a profession and in the community and brought honor to Elon.

Young Alumnus of the Year Award

  • David L. Morrow II ’07 L’10, legal counsel with PayPal, Inc.
    Presented to an alumnus who has graduated within the past 10 years and has distinguished himself in their profession.

Young Alumna of the Year Award

  • Kim Spurgeon Hayes ’05, film office analyst for the Nevada Film Office
    Presented to an alumna who has graduated within the past 10 years and has distinguished herself in their profession.

Service to Church and Society Award

  • The Rev. Erin M. Keys ’05, associate minister, First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, Conn.
    Presented to an alumnus or alumna whose life demonstrates service to church and society.

Alumni Service Award

  • T.J. Reynolds-Emwanta ’01, Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance outreach, access and recovery specialist at CenterPoint Human services in Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Presented to an alumnus or alumna who has given extraordinary service to his or her community.

Distinguished Service to Elon Award

  • Tim Johnson ’09,director and editor
  • Max Cantor ’10, an independent filmmaker and writer
    Presented to an organization, business, foundation or individual who has demonstrated outstanding service that promotes the advancement of Elon.

Past Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award
Awarded to an alumnus or alumna who has distinguished himself or herself in a profession and in the community and brought honor to Elon.

  • 2013 recipients:
    Bill Gortney ’77
    Tracey Helton Lewis ’93 P’10
  • 2012 recipients:
    Christopher P. Martin '78 P'13
    A. Christine Baker G'88

Young Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award
Awarded to an alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the past 10 years and has distinguished himself or herself in their profession.

  • 2013 recipients:
    Darris Means ’05
    Britten Ginsburg Pund ’06
  • 2012 recipients:
    Michael G. Long '04
    Alexandra E. Ellis '05

Distinguished Service to Elon Award
Awarded to an organization, business, foundation or individual who has demonstrated outstanding service that promotes the advancement of Elon.

  • 2013 recipient:
    Lindsey Goodman Baker ’04

Alumni Service Award
Presented to an alumnus or alumna who has given extraordinary service to his or her community.

  • 2013 recipient:
    Natasha Christensen ’07

Service to Church and Society Award
Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose life demonstrates service to church and society.

  • 2013 recipient:
    The Rev. Jonathan Chapman ’07

Please call 877.784.3566 with any questions.