Alumni

Alumni Association Awards

The Penn State Alumni Association annually honors alumni, individually and in groups. Numerous College of Communications alumni have been recognized through the prestigious program.

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes approximately 10 graduates per year, 35 years of age or younger, who have shown extraordinary professional accomplishment. The award is open to all colleges within the University.

  • 2015: Mandy Murphy ('02) VIDEO
  • 2014: Amanda Gifford ('04) VIDEO
  • 2013: Dan Victor ('06) VIDEO
  • 2012: Ellyn Fisher ('99) VIDEO
  • 2011: Ryan Hockensmith ('01) VIDEO
  • 2010: Christopher D. Krewson ('98)
  • 2009: Riva Marker ('00)
  • 2008: Jessica Stuart ('96)
  • 2007: Michael Signora ('96)
  • 2006: Jarred L. Romesburg ('98)
  • 2005: Jill L. Cordes ('92)

Alumni Fellow Award

The Alumni Fellow Award is given to 18 to 25 Penn State graduates per year who have proven to be outstanding in their chosen field. All graduates of the University are eligible.

  • 2016: Mary Meder ('84) VIDEO
  • 2016: Tom Ortenberg ('82) VIDEO
  • 2015: Lisa Miles ('91) VIDEO
  • 2014: Marty Aronoff ('60) VIDEO
  • 2013: Mark Lima ('87) VIDEO
  • 2012: Thomas J. Hayden ('77) VIDEO
  • 2011: Linda Yaccarino-Madrazo ('85) VIDEO
  • 2010: T. Robert Boulware ('86) VIDEO
  • 2009: Marc A. Brownstein ('81) VIDEO
  •  2008: David H. Lipson Jr. ('78) VIDEO
  • 2008: Mary Beth Long ('85) VIDEO
  •  2007: Jimmy Cefalo ('78) VIDEO
  • 2007: Alisia Salters ('88) VIDEO
  • 2006: Frank P. Brennan Jr. ('69, '71g)
  •  2006: Mary Lee Schneider ('84)
  • 2005: Eric W. Rabe ('68)
  • 2004: Peter Warburton Shih ('67)
  • 2003: Jon M. Saraceno ('79)
  • 2002: Geraldine Warren-Merrick ('73)
  • 2001: Donald R. King ('69)
  • 2001: Richard A. Mallary ('64, '71g)
  • 2000: Donald R. Blair ('52)
  • 2000: Robert J. O'Leary ('71)
  • 1999: Jayne E. Jamison ('78)
  • 1998: Elizabeth A. Fetter ('80)
  • 1997: Marian U. Barash Coppersmith ('54)
  • 1997: Arnold S. Hoffman ('57)
  • 1997: Theodore A. Serrill ('32)
  • 1996: William A. Jaffe ('60)
  • 1996: Robert K. Zimmerman ('58)
  • 1995: Warren L. Maurer ('55)
  • 1994: Jane Perry Shoemaker ('70)
  • 1994: James R. Wiggins ('72)
  • 1993: Paul J. Levine ('69)
  • 1993: Jayne E. Miller ('76)
  • 1992: Lawrence G. Foster ('48)
  • 1992: Elliot S. Schreiber ('74g, '77g)
  • 1991: Carmen J. Finestra ('71)
  • 1990: Arthur M. Cooper ('59)
  • 1990: Rodney L. Nordland ('72)
  • 1990: Annette Capone Wright ('66)
  • 1989: Ronald S. Bonn ('52)
  • 1989: Marvin L. Krasnansky ('52)
  • 1989: Linda L. Salzberg ('56)
  • 1988: Brian M. Healy ('67)
  • 1987: David R. Jones ('54)
  • 1987: Norman C. Miller ('56)
  • 1982: Stanley B. Lathan ('67)
  • 1981: Samuel S. Vaughan ('51)
  • 1980: Charles J. Bierbauer ('66, '70g)
  • 1974: John Troan ('39)
  • 1973: Donald W. Davis ('42)

Distinguished Alumni Award

There is no limit to the number of Distinguished Alumni Awards granted annually by the University, but awards have averaged fewer than 10 per year to preserve the stature of the designation -- which is the highest-possible honor for a Penn State alumus.

  • 2016: Donald R. King ('69)
  • 2016: Mary Beth Long ('85) 
  • 2013: William Jaffe (’61)
  • 2009: Todd Blackledge (’83)
  • 2007: Rodney Nordland (’72)
  • 2005: Jayne Jamison (’78)
  • 2005: Alan Pottasch (’49)
  • 2003: Paul Levine (’69)
  • 2001: Donald Bellisario (’61)
  • 1998: Carmen Finestra (’71)
  • 1998: Marian Coppersmith Fredman (’53)
  • 1991: Charles Bierbauer (’67)
  • 1989: Sidney Friedman (’42)
  • 1986: Gerald W. Abrams (’61)
  • 1985: Richard Smyser (’44)
  • 1984: Stanley Lathan (’67)
  • 1979: Lawrence Foster (’48)
  • 1979: David Jones (’54)
  • 1978: Norman Miller (’56)
  • 1977: Samuel Vaughn (’51)
  • 1976: Adam Smyser (’41)
  • 1974: Herbert Nipson (’40)
  • 1972: Donald Davis (’42)
  • 1969: William Ulerich (’31)
  • 1968: John Troan (’39)

Honorary Alumni

  • 2008: Fran Fisher
  • 2002: Jane Zimmerman
  • 2001: Phillip Radcliffe
  • 1999: John Curley

Page last updated: November 15, 2016