Honoring 100 Extraordinary Alumni: Centennial Alumni Awards Nomination Forms and Criteria

Details and Criteria

During 100 weeks of our Centennial Celebration, the Mandel School aims to honor 100 extraordinary alumni who best represent the spirit of our school and embody the Centennial theme:

“Inspiring Hope. Shaping the Future.”

Nomination deadline was April 30, 2016.  Listed below is the criteria that was required for nomination:

Nominees must be graduates of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and exhibit several of the following general criteria set forth by the Mandel School Alumni Association: A strong commitment to social change through clinical direct practice, community practice or education/teaching; or dedication to nonprofit work; leadership in an agency, institution/organization, private practice or a community; creativity in non-traditional or innovative approaches to practice; contributions to the field through research and publications; effective advocacy for the social work or nonprofit profession; and involvement in professional, civic or community organizations.

Nominees will fit into one of the following Centennial Alumni Awards categories:

  • Distinguished Alumnus
    Nominees demonstrate extraordinary professional success and achievement over the span of their entire careers (usually 25 or more years). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Mandel School Alumni Association.
  • Professional Achievement
    Nominees are usually mid-to-late career and working 15 or more years.
  • Nonprofit Leadership
    Nominees have been working as leaders over a span of 15 or more years in the nonprofit profession and must have earned a Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree or a Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM) from the Mandel School.
  • Louis Stokes Community Service Leadership
    Nominees embody the socially-minded characteristics of the late beloved and honorable Congressman Louis Stokes: Community service leadership; social justice advocacy; Mandel School volunteerism; and Mandel School community-related projects support.
  • Early Career Success
    Nominees have usually been working for 15 or fewer years.

Selection Procedures
Awards may be given posthumously and nominators need not be alumni. Alumni may self-nominate. PLEASE NOTE:  The committee seeks to honor alumni who have not previously received a school recognition; therefore, please review the Hall of Achievement listing before submitting a nomination. Nominations must provide all information requested on the nomination form.

The Centennial Alumni Awards subcommittee will review each nomination and recommend award candidates to the Centennial Planning Committee and the dean. The subcommittee won’t be conducting further research on nominees; therefore, please include all pertinent information on the nomination form or on an attachment.

The deadline for nominations was April 30, 2016.

Conferring of Awards
The Centennial Alumni Awards will be presented during the Mandel School Centennial Reunion Luncheon on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.