Alumni Award Nomination Instructions

Nominations submitted electronically or by mail must be received or postmarked on or before January 21, 2020 by 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time.

Thank you for helping the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts recognize our outstanding alumni. Please read the instructions thoroughly. Answer all questions clearly and in order.

Nomination Process

The process for nominating someone for an Alumni of Notable Achievement or Emerging Alumni award has 5 steps. Details for completing each step is included below.

  1. Verify nominee’s eligibility
  2. Write a nomination narrative to make a case for your nominee
  3. Collect supporting materials
  4. Submit nomination form, nomination narrative, and supporting materials by mail or electronically
  5. Nominees are informed about their award; nominators are informed about the overall results 

1. Verify your nominee’s eligibility

All nominees must meet the eligibility criteria for the award. We urge you to verify your nominee’s eligibility before you begin the nomination process.

Eligibility criteria

  • Nominees must be alumni of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
  • Those nominated for the CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement Award must have graduated in 2009 or earlier.
  • Those nominated for the CLA Emerging Alumni Award must have graduated in 2010 or later.
  • Current members of the CLA Alumni Society Board are not eligible.
  • A person may receive each award once in their lifetime. A person who has already been honored is not eligible to receive the same award again.

How to verify eligibility

Send the following information to Director of Alumni Relations Erica Giorgi:

  • nominee’s first name, middle initial, and last name.
  • nominee’s former name (if applicable).
  • nominee’s grad year and major (if known).

2. Write a nomination narrative

Self-nominations are welcome, however, all nomination narratives should be written in the third person.

When you write the nomination narrative, please include the following information in the following order:

  • award for which the nominee is being considered (Emerging Alumni or Alumni of Notable Achievement).
  • phonetic pronunciation of nominee’s name (Example: Goldstein is pronounced “Gold-steen”).
  • nominee’s job title and employer (and/or volunteer title and organization).
  • a brief one-line description of the nominee. (Example for former Minneapolis Institute of Arts Executive Director Evan M. Maurer: “Internationally respected arts leader and advocate”).
  • biographical information that demonstrates the nominee’s achievements and describes how the nominee exemplifies at least one of the college’s four core goal areas below. Nominees are not required to exemplify all four goals.

College of Liberal Arts Core Goals

  1. “CLA alumni will be the most desirable graduates available.”
    Nominee ascended quickly in their profession. Nominee has taken on important responsibilities or serves in a prominent leadership role as a volunteer or public servant.
  2. “We will have a relentless focus on research and creative excellence.”
    Nominee created a product, service, or practice that adds value to the lives of customers, constituents, students, or colleagues.
  3. “Our CLA community will mirror the community at large.”
    Nominee broadly embraces, celebrates, or exemplifies ethnic, generational, geographic, religious, political, or other diverse characteristics in his/her professional, volunteer, or civic pursuits.
  4. “CLA will deepen a culture of engagement for our alumni, community, and state.”
    Nominee builds connections that advance the living standard and prosperity of their communities, the state of Minnesota, the United States of America, and/or the world.

3. Collect supporting materials

  • Examples of supporting materials include published articles about the nominee’s actions or letters of support from colleagues, community members, beneficiaries of their service or civic endeavors, etc.
  • Nomination narratives and accompanying supporting documentation must not exceed 7 pages.
  • All supporting materials must be included with a nomination narrative upon submission as one mailed packet or one electronic document.

4. Submit the nomination documents

Submit by mail

  • Nominations may be submitted by hard copy using the nomination form.
  • Forms must be received or postmarked on or before the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2020.
  • Nomination narratives and accompanying supporting documentation must not exceed 7 pages.
  • All supporting materials must be included with a nomination narrative upon submission as one mailed packet.
  • Send nomination forms to:
    Erica Giorgi, director of alumni relations
    CLA Office of Institutional Advancement
    131 Johnston Hall
    101 Pleasant St SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

Download Nomination Form