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Alumni Association seeks nominations for Founders’ Day Awards

Founders' Day 2015
November 17, 2014

Seeking to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the Arizona State University Alumni Association and the Arizona State University community, the Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its annual Founders’ Day Awards.

The awards will be presented at the Founders’ Day 2015 celebration, scheduled to take place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

First celebrated in 1960 on the eve of the institution’s 75th anniversary, Founders’ Day salutes the enterprising spirit of those who helped the university’s predecessor, the Tempe Normal School, become a reality on March 7, 1885.

The focus of this year’s event will be sustainability, and the awards will honor alumni, faculty and university supporters who are actively engaging in innovation to create a more sustainable world.

Potential honorees may be nominated from any field that touches upon sustainability, including basic science, innovation, technology, business, law and public policy.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

Faculty Achievement – This award is presented to faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary contributions related to sustainability in any of three categories: Teaching, Research and Service.

Alumni Achievement –The association also will present the Alumni Achievement Award and the Young Alumni Achievement Award at the Founders’ Day event. These awards honor alumni who have excelled in their professions and contributed in significant ways related to sustainability, the Alumni Association and/or the community at large. To obtain an application to nominate an alumna/us for either award, email

In addition to the awards presented by the Alumni Association, the ASU Foundation For A New American University will present its Philanthropist of the Year award at the Founders’ Day event. This award, first given in 2010, allows the Foundation and the university to recognize community-minded citizens who have made a difference by supporting ASU-affiliated organizations and institutions.

To make a nomination for the 2015 Founders’ Day Awards, visit: