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Alumni Association extends deadline for Founders' Day Awards nominations

November 15, 2011

The ASU Alumni Association has extended the deadline for Founders’ Day nominations to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18. Seeking to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the Arizona State University Alumni Association and the ASU community, the Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its annual Founders’ Day Awards. 

The awards will be presented at the Founders’ Day 2012 celebration, scheduled to take place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Feb. 29, 2012.

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 Alumni Association began its tradition of presenting Founders’ Day Awards in 1964.

Nominations are being accepted in two categories:

• Staff Achievement Award is presented to an ASU staff member whose outstanding contributions to ASU have enhanced significantly the well-being and reputation of ASU within the community at large.

• Faculty Achievement is presented to faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary contributions in any of three categories: teaching, research and service. Typically, the Alumni Association honors one faculty member in each category each year.

The Alumni Association will present two other awards at the ceremony, the Alumni Achievement Award and the Young Alumni Achievement Award, which honor alumni who have excelled in their professions and contributed in significant ways to the university, the Alumni Association, and/or the community at large.

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 university to recognize community-minded citizens who have made a difference by supporting community organizations and institutions.

To make a nomination for the 2012 Founders’ Day Awards, visit