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Alumni Awards

The Cal Lutheran Alumni Board of Directors Awards Program recognizes the outstanding achievements of California Lutheran University alumni. Nominations for awards in the five categories listed below are welcomed from all members and friends of the Cal Lutheran community.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and recognizing the outstanding achievements of your fellow alumni.


Honorary Alumni

This recognition is awarded to those who have rendered a special and outstanding service to Cal Lutheran, or who by their personal achievement have brought honor and distinction to the University. They demonstrate achievement in service to Cal Lutheran and have received recognition from outside individuals or organizations.

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Most recent awards
Siri Eliason
Awarded in 2018
Carol Bartell
Awarded in 2017
Rod Gilbert
Awarded in 2016

Outstanding Alumni

This recognition is awarded to alumni who by their personal achievements have brought honor and distinction to the University through a distinguished record of career achievement and/or humanitarian endeavors dedicated to human welfare and social reform.

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Dr. Tracy M. Downs
Awarded in 2019
Michael Adinew
Awarded in 2018

Outstanding Young Alumni

This recognition honors alumni of the last ten years who have brought honor and distinction to the University through career achievement and/or a commitment to human welfare and social reform.

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Oliver Thornton
Awarded in 2019
Chris Kajtor, MPPA
Awarded in 2018
Rebecca (Costa) Smith
Awarded in 2017

Career Achievement

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Don Krebs
Awarded in 2006
Paul Neuhaus
Awarded in 2005

Humanitarian Concerns

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Patrick Byrne, M.D.
Awarded in 2006
Eugene Dente
Awarded in 2004
Holly Solberg
Awarded in 2004

Outstanding Music Alumnus

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Marshall Bowen
Awarded in 2011
Howard Sonstegard
Awarded in 2010

Service to Alma Mater

The Service to Alma Mater Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated excellence in their field of service and have made outstanding contributions to the life and welfare of Cal Lutheran.

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Most recent awards
Karen (Bornemann) Spies
Awarded in 2015
Ruth Ann Johnson
Awarded in 2007
Della Greenlee
Awarded in 2006
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