Each year, the Alumni Association Board of Directors selects one or more Distinguished Alumni and one Outstanding Young Alumnus, who are each recognized and honored during Homecoming festivities at the Alumni Association Honors Dinner and Emerald Ball.

These awards are presented annually to alumni who, through personal achievement and service, have brought honor and statewide, regional or national distinction to both themselves and Northeastern State. The Outstanding Young Alumnus has the distinction of having graduated from NSU in the past 20 years.

The Presidents' Award for Community Service recognizes an alumnus or friend of the university who has rendered outstanding service, support or courtesy to the NSU community. Honorees are selected jointly by the president of NSU and the president of the NSU Alumni Association.


For 2017 consideration, nominations received after April 30, 2017 will be considered for the 2018 cycle.


Distinguished Alumni

Outstanding Young Alumni

Presidents' Award for Community Service

Citation of Merit


2016 Honorees

Distinguished Alumni


George Elliott '55
Hall of Fame Coach, Volunteer

Larry Winget '76
Author, TV Commentator, Speaker

Outstanding Young Alumnus

Jay Falkner '99
Carl Albert State College President

Presidents' Award For Community Service


Ed Fite '84
Environmental Conservation Advocate