Honoring service to Duke and beyond

Each year, we honor a handful of individuals who embody the spirit of Forever Duke and advance the Duke ideal of knowledge in service to society. These awards give us the opportunity to showcase a few of the extraordinary members of the Duke family and say thanks for their effort and dedication to Duke. Many Duke Alumni awards are presented during Homecoming weekend each year, except for the following: the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award are presented at the annual Founders’ Day convocation, and the Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Awards are presented at Reunion.

Make a nomination for the 2022 Duke Alumni awards. Nominations are open until November 12!

Experience the 2020 Duke Alumni awards ceremony, honoring the Forever Duke and C.A. Dukes awardees

2021 Changemaker Award

During an unprecedented 2020, we will recognize and celebrate the exceptional and inspiring efforts of members of the Duke community (students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employees) who implemented positive change in the following three areas:

→ COVID-19: Contributions to healthcare advancements and medical research, treating patients on the frontline and global humanitarian efforts

→ Social Justice: Advancing social justice, anti-racism and the fight against racial inequality

→ Gender Equality: Furthering efforts to realize gender equality and celebrate the full spectrum of humanity.

This award is intended to recognize those who made extraordinary contributions this year in the course of their daily lives but does not replace the Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Award (below). The Changemaker awardees are not necessarily the leaders in their fields. They also can be members of the Duke community who answered the call this year and rose above to serve their communities in extraordinary ways.

Changemaker Award Winners:

Shana S. Abraham '12
Todra L. Anderson '87
Darin Buxbaum B.S.E. '03
Kathryn S. Crutcher '00
Bianca M. Forde '05
Magan Thigpen Gonzales-Smith M.P.P. '14
Matthew Hepburn B.S.E. '92, M.D. '96
Shandiin H. Herrera '19
Michael Johnson '04
Grace C. Kohn B.S.E. '14
Rani E. Kumar M.E.M. '21

Charles A. Dukes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

This award recognizes alumni volunteers who serve in Duke leadership roles and have devoted themselves to extraordinary, long-term efforts that help Duke further its mission.

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2021 Recipients:

R. Derek Bandeen '84, M.B.A. '85
D. Michael Bennett '77
Valerie Thompson Broadie J.D. '79
Janice A. Gault '87, M.D. '91
Thomas A. Natelli B.S.E. '82

Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Award

This award was inaugurated in 2014 to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves through service to their community, their country or to society at large. Awards are given in three categories: Young Alumni, Local Community and Global Community.

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2021 Recipients:

Carla McGuire Davis M.D. '96
Patricia Deza '16
Amy E. Hepburn '97, M.P.P. '01
Lucas T. Metropulos '15
Michael P. Scharf '85, J.D. '88
Howard John Wesley B.S.E. '94

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Forever Duke Award

Presented for the first time in 2009, this award recognizes alumni for excellent recent volunteer service to Duke, Duke Alumni, and other alumni groups.

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2021 Recipients:

Individual Awardees:
Caitlin N. Alcala M.B.A. '17, M.P.P. '17
Danal A. Blessis B.S.E. '82
Lorne V. Bycoff '06
Rosalinda C. Canizares '04, D.P.T. '07
Hosea Chang '03
Megan R. Cheney '10
Jennifer Wong Christensen '96
Megan Tooley Director B.S.E. '08
Heath B. Freeman '02
Stephanie L. Gloster B.S.E. '96
John  Hillen '88
Robyn M. Levy '84
Gregory D. Marzullo M.B.A. '90
Nelson E. Matthews B.S.E. '85
Paige Stribling Morrison '92
Teresa D. Rosenberger '15
Lauren Garson Sanders '07
Marian Brown Sprague '84
Michele Matteo Strauss '01
Clifford J. Zatz J.D. '79

Group Awardees:    

Group 1: Class of 2015 5th Year Reunion Class Chair
Edgar E. Baldridge, IV '15
Nicholas G. Balkissoon '15
Charlie C. Nucci '15
Alexandra E. Cox '15
John M. Dickinson B.S.E. '15
Jordan Dyslin '15
James A. Ferguson '15
Christopher G. Geary '15
Natalie M. Geisler '15
Audrey L. Gibson '15
Arthur R. Gosnell '15
Jacqueline J. Hong '15
Christopher M. Kenny '15
Fred M. Kirby '15
Nicole E. Krantz '15
Gregory Lahood '15
Mollie McVay Laverack '15
Bret S. Lesavoy '15
Ray M. Li '15
William U. McClendon '15
Madison W. Moyle '15
Michael D. Mussafer '15
Max Orenstein B.S.E. '15
Andrew M. Pearson '15
Tre'Ellis T. Scott '15
Hannah G. Stephanz '15
Kahsa Teum '15
Graham G. Vehovec '15
Samuel S. Waters '15
Caroline Conklin Zafirovski '15

Group 2: Forever Duke Trivia Chairs
Stewart Day '11, J.D. '16
Abigail Labella Ph.D. '17
Amy Frees Martinez M.S. '15, Ph.D. '16
Matthew D. Tiberii B.S.E. '15

Group 3: Nic@Nite Planners
James L. Fuechsel '76
Dorothy D. Kee '74

Group 4: Nursing School Volunteers
Brett T. Williams '81
Marianne Tango Williams B.S.N. '81

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Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award

Sponsored by Duke Alumni Engagement and Development for more than three decades, this student-selected award honors a Duke professor who has excelled as a teacher, advisor and leader of undergraduate students.

Bruce Jentleson2019-20 recipient: Bruce W. Jentleson, William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science

Bruce W. Jentleson is William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He joined the Duke faculty in 2000, and served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute (now Sanford School) of Public Policy, 2000-2005. He teaches the Public Policy core course on Political Analysis as well as numerous courses on American foreign policy and international relations.

In 2015-16 he was the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at Library of Congress. He received the 2018 American Political Science Association (APSA) International Security Section Joseph J. Kruzel Award for Distinguished Public Service. In 2020 he was the Desmond Ball Visiting Chair at Australia National University. He also is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Jentleson’s most recent book is The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship (W.W. Norton, 2018). Among his other publications are five editions of American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, a foreign policy textbook adopted in many American and international universities.

From 2009-11 he was Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. He also served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in his 2000 presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993-94), and as a foreign policy aide to Senators Gore (1987-88) and Dave Durenberger (1978-79).

He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and was recipient of the APSA’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for his doctoral dissertation.

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Forever Duke Student Leadership Award

The Forever Duke Student Leadership award is a new award recognizing students who embody the “Forever Duke” spirit in their service to the university.

2021 Forever Duke Student Leadership Award Winners:

Robert Baldoni, Pratt School of Engineering
Courtney Crumpler, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Aly Diaz, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Jenna Frush, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine
Garmai Gorlorwulu, School of Law
Steven Herrera-Tenorio, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Tommy Hessel, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Brandon Hunter, The Graduate School
Ash Jeffers, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Gray Kidd, The Graduate School
Catherine McMillian, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Ajay Menon, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Sofia Nieto, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Jackie Perez, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Wesley Pritzlaff, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Dryden Quigley, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Cason Robbins, School of Medicine
Annie Roberts, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Lucas Rocha-Melogno, The Graduate School
Jessica Sullivan, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Frank Thomas, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Edgar Virguez, The Graduate School
Yunyao Zhu, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

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