Alumni Awards

Each year, Heidelberg is honored to recognize the significant achievements and contributions of our talented alumni. The following awards are presented: Career Excellence, Service, Philanthropy, Legacy Family, Young Alumni and Outstanding Alumni, considered the highest honor.

2019 Alumni Award Winners

Outstanding Alumni Award

Elrich "Pete" Green, '78

As a student at Heidelberg in the mid-1970s, Elrich L. “Pete” Green was a larger-than-life personality on campus, engaged in activities across the board where he could truly make a difference.

Service Award

Angie Cook

Sewing, some would say, is a lost art, but it has many benefits. You can learn at any age. It requires creativity, keeps the brain active, improves hand-eye coordination and reduces stress. Sewing promotes joy and satisfaction from creating something from scratch or tailoring something to fit. Super-talented seamstress Angie Cook knows all of these, and we are grateful that she shares her talents with the School of Music & Theatre and the Office of Alumni Engagement. In fact, grateful is an understatement.

Legacy Family Award

Zartman-Diefenbach-Thompson Family

The first alumnus who represents this year’s honored Legacy Family was a member of the first graduating class of Heidelberg College back in 1854. Sixteen decades and close to 30 alumni later, the members of the Zartman-Diefenbach-Thompson Family have left their mark on Heidelberg since its founding days.

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.

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