Wisconsin – Stevens Point alumni gathered to be honored for their
accomplishments and contributions to both the university and community, as well
as to participate in homecoming activities this past weekend.
The banquet that
the alumni attended distributed four different awards throughout the
night. The Distinguished Alumnus Award
(1969), Alumni Service Award (1998), the Trailblazer Achievement Award (2010)
and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The
Alumni banquet hosted anywhere from 100 to 130 alumni with both their friends
The event started
with a pre-banquet reception for alumni to interact with one another. This year, the reception was located in the
Legacy Room, and the actual banquet and ceremony took place in the Alumni
Room. Alumni Relations staff greeted
guests and took photos of award winners and their families.
Rottier, Director of Alumni Affairs, explained that The Distinguished Alumnus
Award was created in 1969 as the university celebrated its 75th
anniversary. Those who are nominated for
this award meet criterion that a selection committee then reviews to make a
based on professional achievement, outstanding contribution to the university
and community and beyond the recognition and reputation that extends past the nominee’s
immediate environment,” Rottier said.
There is also a
Distinguished Alumni Council, which is comprised of alumnus from each of the
four colleges on campus that “demonstrate the broad range of outstanding
accomplishments alumni achieve after they graduate from UWSP.”
While the banquet
may honor prominent alumni for their accomplishments, the banquet itself
established an even bigger connection between the university and the alumni
with their participation over the homecoming weekend.
relations with alumni after they graduate is important, and the Alumni
Relations office works hard to preserve the connection former students have to
provides a deep and lasting connection to UWSP.
In some cases we are recognizing alumni who have an existing
relationship with UWSP, but in others, this honor is the first time they have
reconnected in years,” Rottier said.
Banquet may showcase the accomplishments of former grads. Current students are
also able to participate in the event.
The jazz trio and string quartet made up of current UWSP students were
hired to play during the reception. Even
the University Dining Service catering staff was involved with the event.
that alumni can reconnect with the campus by connecting with current
students. Students are given a chance to
network, and in years past there have been meet-and-greets with students. Out of these connections, scholarships have
that the winners develop or deepen with the campus by coming back, and even
with each other throughout the event, are truly inspiring,” Rottier said. “The night is elegant, warm and fun. The evening itself is a bit formal, but the
mood is always fun and full of Pointer spirit.”