Excellence Awards

The University at Albany Alumni Association traditionally recognizes alumni and friends of the University for their outstanding achievements and service to the University and community. These individuals personify the University's commitment to excellence and service and bring distinction to themselves and to our alma mater. The 2013 Gala will be held April 20 at the Albany Hilton. Nominations for 2014 will open Jan. 1, 2013.

2013 Award Recipients

Bertha E. Brimmer Medal
Simeen Tabatabai B.A.’99, M.S.’03
Citizen of the University
Kamiar and Arash Alaei
Distinguished Alumni Award
Thomas Thundat Ph.D.’87
Excellence in Alumni Service Award
Wendy Hale B.S. ’05
Roberta Vogt B.S.’86, M.S.’88
Excellence in Arts and Letters Award
Ann Mataraso M.F.A.’02
Excellence in Business Award
Joan Rosenbaum Solotar B.S.’86
Bill Wise B.S.’94
Excellence in Community Service Award
Robert Lazar M.S.’77
Excellence in Education Award
Peter Shea M.S.’93, Ph.D.’98
Karen Erickson M.S.’88
Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Louis DeSorbo B.S.’78, M.S.’80
Excellence in Science & Technology
Gregg Rothermel M.S.’86
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Christina Hansen M.P.H.’09


2012 Award Recipients

2011 Award Recipients 

 2010 Award Recipients

 2009 Award Recipients

**2011 Gala Photo Gallery

Bertha Brimmer Medal
Honors University at Albany graduates for excellence in teach K-12 and dedication to their profession. This award was founded by the Class of 1934 and is named for a Class of 1900 graduate known for her devotion to teaching and service to the University. Download a nomination form.

Citizen of the University
Recognizes outstanding contributions to the University by a non-alumnus or alumna through leadership, service or a special gift. The award recipient is chosen by the University leadership. Download a nomination form.

Distinguished Alumni
Honors an alumnus or alumna with an extraordinary achievement – one who has been recognized nationally and/or internationally – or an individual who over the course of a decade or greater, has exhibited outstanding success in a chosen profession or outstanding service to society. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Alumni Service
Recognizes sustained leadership and service to the Alumni Association and the University. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Arts & Letters
Celebrates alumni for outstanding achievement in music, literature and language, visual arts or performing arts. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Business
Recognizes alumni for outstanding distinction in business for profit. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Community Service
Pays tribute to alumni for time volunteered that benefits a community or its non-profit institutions. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Education
Pays tribute to alumni for extraordinary distinction in the field of education, including pre-K through post-secondary classroom teaching, school services and administration/supervision. Download a nomination form.

Excellence In Entrepreneurship
Recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who has demonstrated the spirit, leadership and drive of an entrepreneur. Consideration is also given to the nominee’s contributions to his or her community and the University. The award recipient is chosen by the Council for Economic Outreach. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Public Service
Recognizes alumni for outstanding contributions to local, state or national communities generally, but not exclusively, through opportunities in appointed or elected office or public service nonprofit organizations. Download a nomination form.

Excellence in Science & Technology
Pays tribute to alumni for extraordinary distinction in science and/or technology. Download a application form.

International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement
Recognizes international graduates of the University who are highly distinguished in their profession, either internationally or nationally in their own country; who have helped their nation and/or the world by outstanding contributions to government, science, art, education, business, or human welfare; and who exemplify the strength of their education at the University of Albany. Download a nomination form.

Outstanding Young Alumni
Recognizes early outstanding achievements in a chosen profession or field and/or service to the community. Download a nomination form.

Email Melissa Samuels at msamuels@albany.edu for nomination form.


Nominations may be made posthumously within two years of the nomination deadline.