The following Ottawa University Alumni Association (OUAA) awards are made each year at the Alumni Banquet during Homecoming week.
This award, established in 2005, recognizes individuals who have made an impact in their chosen field of endeavor, whether over a span of many years or in a relatively short time frame. Recipients’ life stories demonstrate what one can do with an OU education. The number of awards given annually varies.
2017 - Lori Peek '97
2016 - Dexter Benedict '66
2016 - W. Robert Binns '62
2015 - Douglas Knight '65
2014 - Patricia (Lane) Volland '64
2013 - John C. Goodwin '63
2012 - Dr. James Gwartney '62
This award recognizes individuals or couples who have demonstrated exceptional service in the church and/or community over a span of time. Established in 1974, the Distinguished Service Award is the cornerstone of the OUAA award system. No more than one or two awards are granted each year.
2018 - Harold '51 and Mary (DeFries) Monroe
2017 - Royce L. Jones '56
2016 - Ronald D. Chronister '76
2015 - Wayne Duderstadt '79
2014 - Sharon (Mueller) Farral '60
2013 - Robert Tiller '62
2012 - Stephen Tybor III '84
This award recognizes individuals for their volunteer service that has enhanced student life at The College and benefited Ottawa University as a whole. Established in 1987, recipients are named in honor of Esther Ruth Bemmels, who provided loyal and steadfast service to OU students for more than 30 years.
2014 - Trish Dowd Keine
2014 - Travier Chair
2013 - Mary Alice (Edwards) Geise '54
The Recent Alumni Award was established by the OUAA Board of Directors in 2013 and is designed to recognize recent graduates who have attained a significant level of achievement and potential for accomplishment in the early years following graduation.
2018 - Jennifer Johnson '08 '13
2017 - Abel Frederic, Jr. '07
2016 - Robert M. Hall '06
2015 - William Allison '09
2013 - Nick Scott '05
This award is designed to be a prestigious honor granted by the Ottawa University Alumni Association (OUAA). Once recognized, honorary members hold alumni status throughout their lifetimes, and are entitled to all the rights, privileges and benefits of any member of the OUAA. A limited number of memberships are granted in any given year, and some years it may not be awarded. Nominations for this award must come from an officially recognized OUAA Board of Directors. A campus OUAA Board may only nominate one candidate or couple per year for membership. Nominees are taken to the OU Board of Trustees Committee on Advancement for approval.
2017 - Anne Jones Mills
2015 - John Boyd Martin
2014 - Eldon Rader
2013 - Glenda (Melson) Schmidt
2012 - Dr. Murle Mordy