Awards

English alumni put their knowledge and skills to work for the benefit of many communities. Here are some of our distinguished graduates, awarded by the University and college for their excellence, leadership, and creativity.

Outstanding Achievement Award

The University confers its Outstanding Achievement Award on graduates or former students of the University who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national, or international level. The following list includes English alumni who have received the OAA since 1992.

  • Judith S. Corson, 2009
  • Sandra McKay, 2004
  • David Laventhol, 2002
  • Randy Adamsick, 1999
  • Garrison Keillor, 1992

Other University honors awarded to English alumni

  • Kate Millett, Honorary Doctorate of Science, 2014
  • Emilie Buchwald, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 2001
  • Roland P. Dille, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 1995 (Morris)
  • Jean H. Hagstrum, Honorary Doctorate of Arts and Letters, 1986
  • James Patrick Shannon, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 1966

CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement

CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement (ANA) honors alumni who have made remarkable contributions or attained significant achievements in their fields. The ANA program was created in 1994 as part of CLA's 125th anniversary; all ANA honorees have been nominated by CLA alumni, faculty, and staff. Bachelor’s degree earned unless otherwise indicated.

  • Randolph P. Adamsick
  • Maria Bamford
  • Dr. Charles R. Bantz
  • Thomas A. Bartel
  • Nancy Belbas
  • Elizabeth A. Biorn
  • Julie L. Boehmke
  • Dr. Margaret J. Bolsterli (PhD)
  • Ellen A. Boschwitz
  • Sharon L. Borine
  • George T. Bowman
  • Louise A. Bruce
  • Dr. Emilie Buchwald (PhD)
  • Scott Z. Burns
  • Kristine L. Carlson (MA)
  • Judith S. Corson
  • Dr. Roland Dille   (BA, PhD)
  • Judith H. Dutcher
  • Nestor Rolf Engh
  • Rondi C. Erickson
  • Dr. Mary Ann Feldman
  • Robert A. Gaertner (MA)
  • Regents Professor Patricia Hampl
  • Susan M. Hanson
  • Margaret M. Hasse (MA)
  • Mary L. Henrickson
  • Ann Huntrods (MA)
  • Tina M. Karelson (BA, MA)
  • Dr. Stanley B. Kegler
  • Garrison E. Keillor
  • Reverend Christopher A. Laing
  • Michael J. Laub
  • Sharon B. Maslow
  • Mark Mishek
  • Dr. Lawrence D. Moe (BA, PhD)
  • James M. Moore
  • Dr. David B. Morris (PhD)
  • Dianne Morris
  • Dr. John J. Mulryan (PhD)
  • Dr. Marilyn Nelson (PhD)
  • Shannon R. Olson (MFA)
  • Patricia Peltekos
  • Teri Popp
  • Melinda A. Prescher
  • Dr. Christine M. Roman (PhD)
  • The Honorable James M. Rosenbaum
  • Judith McCartin Scheide (MA)
  • Dr. Judith A. Schuck
  • Eugenia M. Smith (BA, MA)
  • Cheryl N. Strayed
  • Janice Didra Stubbs
  • Dr. John E. Tidwell (PhD)
  • Michele D. Vaillancourt
  • Dr. Dexter L. Westrum (MA, PhD)
  • Dr. Julie B. White-Newman