Alumni Awards honor volunteers

While service to others—and one’s alma mater—is reward enough for most volunteers, the Duke Alumni Association’s awards program recognizes the contributions of alumni who have gone above and beyond. These include:

The Distinguished alumni award, the highest honor bestowed by the DAA recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions through their field of work, in service to Duke University, and toward the betterment of humanity.

The Charles a. Dukes award, which recognizes alumni volunteers who have served in Duke leadership roles and devoted themselves to extraordinary, long-term efforts that helped Duke further its mission.

The Forever Duke award, which recognizes alums for excellent recent volunteer service to Duke, the Duke Alumni Association, and other alumni groups. Although originally envisioned to honor individuals, for the first time in 2013, the Forever Duke Award was presented to three separate groups of alumni volunteers:

The Duhlaa (Duke university hispanic/latino alumni association) 2011-13 board of directors: Nelson Bellido ’89, Christopher Brandt ’00, Paul Lagunes ’03, Timothy Mendoza M.B.A. ’92, Roberto Olivares III ’88, and Roberta Oyakawa ’86

Duke Tampa Bay leaders Tiffani Sherman ’95, Michael Stein ’97, and Harry Venezia Jr. ’97, M.B.A. ’92

Duke New york City board members Bill Bermont ’97, Beth Higgins ’07, and Linda Martin J.D. ’96

Do you know someone who fits the bill? The nomination process for 2014 awards is now under way. To get started, visit the Duke Alumni Association website ( To learn more, see past winners, and nominate a volunteer (or volunteers) using the easy, online nomination form. The deadline is March 1.

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