Each year, Arcadia University alumni are recognized for outstanding achievements and contributions in their profession, their community, their classes, and their alma mater. The Alumni Association presents its annual awards each year in May at Alumni Family Weekend.
Golden Disc Award for Distinguished Achievement
Awarded to an individual who has graduated more than a decade ago, in recognition of significant accomplishments and outstanding achievements in their profession or community that greatly enhance the prestige of Arcadia University.
Golden Disc Award for Meritorious Service
Awarded to an individual who has graduated more than a decade ago, in recognition of outstanding volunteer leadership service to Arcadia University through its Alumni Association and/or Board of Trustees. Such contributions exceed all expectations of a loyal Arcadia alumna/us. Recipients must also have a record of consistent participation in The Fund for Arcadia or other philanthropic designations at the University.
Faculty and Staff Alumni Impact Award
Awarded to an Arcadia University or Beaver College graduate who is a current, retired, or emeritus member of the Arcadia faculty or staff, in recognition of their contributions to student success and their demonstration of the University’s lived values of adaptability, excellence, fearlessness, integrity, intellectual freedom, justice, respect, and responsibility. Recipients have made a significant and lasting impact on the Arcadia community that has nurtured future alumni leaders, advanced the University’s mission, and greatly enhanced the prestige of the University. *the recipient of this award must be an alumna/us of Arcadia University/Beaver College.
Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award
Awarded to an individual who has graduated more than five years ago, in memory of Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf ’36, who dedicated herself to both her University and her community. It is presented to a graduate in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to Arcadia University through Alumni Association committee work and/or work as a class agent. Recipients must also have a record of consistent participation in The Fund for Arcadia or other philanthropic designations at the University.
Young Alumni Golden Disc Award for Distinguished Achievement
Awarded to an individual who has graduated within the last decade, in recognition of significant accomplishments and outstanding achievements in their profession or community that greatly enhances the prestige of Arcadia University.
Senior Golden Disc Award
Presented to a graduating senior at Commencement in recognition of his/her leadership skills and engagement in the campus community. The senior who receives this high honor, in the opinion of his/her classmates, faculty, administration and the Awards and Honors Committee, exemplifies the highest standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and promotes the present and future welfare of Arcadia University. Through their activities, the recipient demonstrates a lasting commitment and dedication to Arcadia University and inspires the respect and admiration of their classmates.
Deadline to submit nominations: Friday, Feb. 12, 2021
Sankofa Award for Distinguished Achievement Awarded by the Black Alumni Association of Arcadia University
The Sankofa Award is presented to a Black/African-American graduate who exemplifies the spirit of Sankofa. Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana with the literal translation “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Sankofa teaches us the paramount learning experience of recognizing the foundation of the great work that our ancestors have laid before us and using this knowledge as a tool of success to ignite and accelerate the great work of those being done today.
It is in this spirit that the BAAAU and Alumni Association presents this award in recognition of significant professional accomplishments, as well as contributions made in mentoring and social justice activism in the Black/African-American community, which greatly enhance the prestige of Arcadia University.
Class Agent Award
Awarded to a class agent in recognition of consistent dedication and service to Arcadia University on behalf of their class. This individual does not have to be in reunion year. Recipients are nominated by their classmates in appreciation of their thoughtful and creative efforts to both bring their classmates together and encourage continuous loyalty to their alma mater.
Harry G. Kuch Award
Awarded to an individual who has graduated within the last decade and is currently in reunion year. This award recognizes significant accomplishments, dedication, and outstanding achievements in their profession or community while simultaneously supporting their class reunion efforts. Recipients are nominated by their classmates in appreciation for their leadership and commitment to lifting up the young alumni profile of the university while instituting meaningful programs, events, and philanthropic opportunities.
Outstanding Achievement Award
Awarded to a class cabinet member in reunion year. This award recognizes this individual’s leadership, dedication, and service to Arcadia University on behalf of their class. Recipients are nominated by their classmates in appreciation of their ability to galvanize their class, implement strategic programming to engage the class, and spearhead meaningful philanthropic opportunities in support of and on behalf of the University and current students.
Athletic Hall of Fame
The purpose of the Arcadia University Athletic Hall of Fame is to identify, recognize, and honor outstanding contributors to the Arcadia athletics program, athletic endeavors, and institutional image; to honor achievements of individuals and teams; and to recognize alumni and employees of distinction in athletic endeavors and related accomplishments. The Hall of Fame consists of student-athletes, teams, coaches, staff, administrators, and faculty who excelled on the field of play, helped foster the continued success of student-athletes, or made an indelible mark on the Department of Athletics.
Gillem-Bartoli Alum Award for Contributions to Social Justice
Presented by the Counseling program, this award was created to honor the work of Dr. Eleonora Bartoli, professor of Psychology, and Dr. Angela Gillem, professor emerita of Psychology. The award recognizes alumni who have advanced social justice through their work and practice.
The Counseling program conducts an annual call for nominations for the Gillem-Bartoli Award.
Alumni Award Nominations
Nominations are accepted year-round. Please submit nominations for consideration for the 2021 Alumni Association Awards by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.