Distinguished Alumni Award

Annually the College of Nursing Alumni Association at the University of Utah seeks nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes College of Nursing graduates who have attained the highest level of professional accomplishments and/or has advanced the profession through practice, research, education, or administration.

General Qualifications

Nominees must hold a degree from the University of Utah College of Nursing. Nominees may not be current members of the College of Nursing Alumni Board. Due to the importance of this recognition, it is requested that the recipient be present at the University of Utah College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni program to accept their award.

Support of the College of Nursing Alumni Association (including membership) or monetary support of the College of Nursing or University of Utah is not required for nomination. In summary, the nominee possesses such integrity and stature that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College of Nursing can take pride in, and are inspired by their recognition.

Criteria for Distinguished Alumni Award

The following criteria should be used as a guide for describing a nominee’s qualifications for the award. The contributions may include, but are not limited to, exceptional achievement and significant contribution in the following areas:

Professional Achievement -  Nominee has demonstrated, professional recognition, professional accomplishments, and/or significant contributions to the nursing profession; nominee has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of nursing. The nominee reflects honor to the College of Nursing in pursuing their professional activities.

Sphere of Influence - (local, state, national, or international) - Contributions made by the nominee have had a broad influence beyond the scope of that person’s place of employment.

Community Service - (local, state, national, or international) - The nominee has made significant humanitarian contributions to the community, greatly impacted the community through their actions, and/or is involved in a variety of service initiatives.

Submit a Nomination

You may submit your nomination ONLINE anytime or download the PDF version of the nomination form here. We encourage ongoing submission throughout the year.

Nomination packets should include:

  • Nomination Form (completed online or submitted by mail/email)
  • CV / Resume
  • One Letter of Support (in addition to the nominator)

Submit your nomination packet by email to alumni@nurs.utah.edu or by mail to College of Nursing, Office of Advancement, 10 South 2000 East, room 4130, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5880 or call (801) 581-5109 for more information.


2019 Distinguished Alumni


Distinguished Alum Sydney Spangler, CNM, PhD

Young Alum Maddie Lassche, DNP

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