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The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the Alumni Association can bestow on an individual. The recipients are richly deserving of this tribute, carrying on a tradition that began in 1963. Recognizing these individuals not only brings attention to their high achievements, but also displays the quality of education provided by Colorado Mesa University.

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Nominations for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni award opening soon.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Kimberly Raff - 2022
Matt Rissell - 2022
Doug Sorter - 2021
Debra Bailey - 2021
Dan Sharp - 2020 
Robert Bray - 2020
Kathy Howa - 2019
Kalani Pe'a - 2019
Doug Simons - 2018
Lori Raya - 2018
Robert "Bob" Strong - 2017
Al Ruckman - 2017
Kris "Tanto" Paronto - 2016
Ed Forsman - 2015

Mark Martinez - 2015
Charles Hull - 2014
Jeff Rickard - 2014
Eugene Garcia - 2013
Don & Deyon Stephens - 2013
Jamie Hamilton - 2012
Debra Thompson Smith - 2012
Michael Burke - 2011
Greg Walcher - 2011
Ken Johnson - 2010
Phil Smith - 2010
Marilyn Ferguson - 2009
Michelle Ozbun - 2009
Walter "Dusty" Saunders - 2009
Anthony "Tee" Scatuorchio - 2009
Daniel Sprick - 2009
Susan Brown - 2008
Maurice Dale - 2008
Daniel MacKendrick - 2008
Daniel Roberts - 2008
Bob Wilson - 2008
LeRoy Ashby - 2007
Don Schoening - 2007
Jack Scott - 2007
Jamee Simons - 2007
Gerry Wubben - 2007
Bruce Hill - 2006
Leon Shell - 2006
Vaughn Shell - 2006
Santo Trombetta - 2006
Robert Walker - 2006
Duane Banks - 2005
Gary Burke - 2005
Joel Dulaigh - 2005
April Heinrichs - 2005
Bill Orr - 2005
Roger Boltz - 2004
Doralyn Genova - 2004
David Mitchell - 2004
David Svaldi - 2004
Diana Wilkie - 2004
Laddie Livingston - 2003
Ruth Michels - 2003
Tim Scates - 2003
Tim Schultz - 2003
Matt Smith - 2003
David Bailey - 2002
Don Clark - 2002
Dennett Ela - 2002
William Moyer - 2002
Richard Nourse - 2002
Gayle Berry - 2001
Chris Cohn - 2001
Gregory Hayes - 2001
Aden Hogan - 2001
Robert Whittemore - 2001
Michael Deluca - 2000
Roger Franklin - 2000
Duane Newton - 2000
Merrill Mahaffey - 2000
Thomas Osborn - 2000
Ron Madrid - 1999
Seth Hunt - 1998
Helen Wright - 1997
George Wear - 1996
Ernest Mackley - 1995
Jean Tucker - 1994
Paul Pletka - 1993
Armand DeBeque - 1992
Victor Wagler - 1991
Jack May - 1990
Bill Wright - 1989
William Spencer - 1988
John Wolf - 1987
Louis Inglehart - 1986
Miles Kara - 1984
Allen Brown - 1983
Rex Ingraham - 1982
Vicki Armstrong - 1981
Max Kendall - 1980
Lloyd Jones - 1979
Phil Dufford - 1978
Guy Cherp - 1977
Don Sparn - 1977
Alan Workman - 1977
Anton Marchun - 1976
Dan Showalter - 1975
Hazlett Wubben - 1974
Caryl LaDuke - 1974
Lois Baughman - 1973
William Ela - 1973
Louis Grasso, Jr. - 1972
Roland Marasco - 1971
Gerald Matchett - 1971
Alfred Goffredi - 1970
Mary Giblin - 1969
James Groves - 1969
Helen Dufford - 1968
Jerry Merlino - 1968
Lowell Heiny - 1967
William Nelson - 1966
John Porter - 1965
Warren Turner - 1964
Warren Broderson - 1963