Each year, Heidelberg is honored to recognize the significant achievements and contributions of our talented alumni. Awards are presented during Alumni Weekend each June. The following awards are presented: Career Excellence, Service, Philanthropy, Legacy Family, Young Alumni and Outstanding Alumni, considered the highest honor.
2018 Alumni Award Winners
Outstanding Alumni Award
John Q. Adams '58
John Q. Adams’s love for Heidelberg is as big as the state of Texas. Whether in his distinguished 50-year career in the pharmaceutical industry or in service and philanthropy to Heidelberg, John has stood head and shoulders above many with his wisdom, foresight and generosity.
Young Alumni Achievement Award
Melissa Harrison '02
Politics can be a very polarizing topic, yet it does play a major role in our culture today. Contentious discussions can be tempered when there’s a voice of reason – a person with integrity and intellect – working behind the scenes to make a difference. Melissa Harrison is that voice.
Dr. Frank Krupka '94
Every fall semester, veterinarian Dr. Frank Krupka spends time on campus, supervising the surgeries conducted on rats by students in Dr. Pam Faber’s Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab.One fall, the lights mysteriously went dark during the surgeries, and he rolled with the punches, continuing on with the work under emergency and available natural lighting.
Legacy Family Award
Members of the Mayer-Longworth-McDonald-Uher Family have been represented among Heidelberg’s alumni for well more than a century – nearly 14 decades, to be exact. Today, we honor them for sending five generations of graduates – including one current student – to Heidelberg.
Career Excellence Award
Dr. Denise Seachrist '82
Doors open for successful people because they have great passion and find great value in what they do. Dr. Denise Seachrist’s stage in higher education is impressive. As an intelligent, creative, hard-working lifelong learner, her teaching and administrative leadership skills place her an octave above the rest.
Past Winners & Nominations
If you know of a deserving alumna or alumnus, we encourage you to nominate them for one of our annual awards. Nominations may be made by anyone, including Heidelberg alumni, current or retired members of the Heidelberg faculty or staff. Nominations remain on file and are reviewed annually for three years. All alumni are eligible for an award, including: Heidelberg employees, members of the Board of Trustees, members of the Alumni Council and previous Alumni Citation winners. Non-graduates are eligible for the Service and Philanthropy Awards.
The deadline for nominations to be considered for the following year’s awards is Dec. 31. For example, nominations for the 2019 year must be received by Dec. 31, 2018.
Athletic Hall of Fame
In conjunction with Homecoming each fall, Heidelberg celebrates student-athletes who enjoyed awesome performances on the athletic field. The Athletic Hall of Fame inducts individuals and teams who have made their mark in the athletic record books.
Since the Athletic Hall of Fame was initiated in 1985, a total of 11 teams and 159 individuals have been honored for their excellence. We encourage you to nominate an outstanding alumna or alumnus student-athlete.