Alumnus are recognized in one of five award categories:
Dr. James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award
Presented to a graduate whose dedication and leadership has influenced significant change and prosperity within their community. The recipient may be an alumnus of one of the following institutions: North Bay Normal School, Teacher’s College, Nipissing University College or Nipissing University.
The award is named after Dr. James Jamieson, who was made an honorary member of the Nipissing University Alumni Association in the early 1980s. He was one of the founding members of the Alumni Association and served as its first President from 1973 - 1975. He served as a member of the Board of Governors from 1975 –1986. In 1981, he, along with Dr. George Zytaruk, was instrumental in the setting up of the Office of Alumni Affairs.
The award will be presented during a yearly event (the date will be determined each year).
Past Recipients of the Dr. James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award:
David K. Bell
Dr. Peter Bush
Alexandra Archibald, Tina Benevides, Kim Boechler, Gerry Brennan, Jennifer Burgoyne, Naomi Cheechoo, Cameron Culbert, Anthony D'Agostino, Marianne den Haan, Ian Desjardins, Anna Fitzsimmons, Barbara Groves, Alison Herst, Yves Kalala, Matthew McKean, Paula Murphy, Michelann Parr, Julie Pennell, Andrew Perrin, Trina Prince, Doug Rogers, Kevin Salzman, Virginia Schonhoffer, Andrzej Schreyer, Fred Watkin, Ann Marie Welsh, Alan Williams, Rosie Zinn, & JoAnn Zytaruk
*The Dr. James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award was introduced in 2011 and was presented to a multitude of exceptional alumni.
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Presented to an alumnus/ae whose achievement and excellence in their endeavours have distinguished themselves as a valued leader. The recipient will have demonstrated positive influence through their professional pursuits. As a result of their actions, the alumnus will have made a strong contribution to the prestige and reputation of Nipissing University. The recipient may be an alumnus of one of the following institutions: North Bay Normal School, Teacher’s College, Nipissing University College or Nipissing University.
*Please note that this award was previously known as the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Past Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award:
Dr. Thomsen D'Hont
Kristopher Stevens and Rob Graham
Paul Heinrich and Dr. Glynn Sharpe
Kimberly Burley and Judy Derick
Dr. Jeff Kleim
Dr. Cecile Somme
Dr. Laverne Smith and Dr. John R. McCarthy
Professor Jack Jones
Dr. Elizabeth Thorn
Rising Star Alumni Award
Presented to a recent graduate of Nipissing University who has demonstrated significant achievements on a professional, community and/or volunteer basis or has displayed promise of significant future accomplishments. Restricted to alumni up to and including their fifth year of graduation.
*Please note that the Rising Star Alumni Award was previously known as the Alumni Achievement Award.
Past Recipients of the Rising Star and Alumni Achievement Award:
Jaymie Lathem and Shannon Palmer
Ms. Kimberly Blacker
Mr. William Ferguson
Ms. Krista Lariviere
Mrs. Marilyn Orieux-Tignanelli
Mr. Theo Margaritis
Ms. Lotje Hives and Ms. Gay Smylie
Honorary Alumni Award
Presented to an individual who is not a graduate of the University, but whose actions and dedication have had a positive impact on the Nipissing University experience. This honour recognizes friends of Nipissing University for outstanding service, commitment and contribution, past or present, to the University.
Past recipients of the Honorary Alumni Award:
Dr. Mike DeGagné
Dr. Denyse Lafrance Horning
Gordon H. Durnan
Dr. Matti Saari
Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams
Dr. Dave Marshall
Dr. George Zytaruk
Dr. Douglas Pollard
Dr. James Jamieson
Philanthropy Alumni Award
Awarded to an alumnus or champion of Nipissing University who is making significant contributions to improve their community through their generosity, dedication, commitment and service. The ideal candidate is passionate about an important social cause, freely gives their time, exemplifies great leadership qualities and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the social challenge related to his or her cause. This can include attempting to break down biases, change perceptions and alleviate issues impeding progress, working toward conquering a problem and/or responding to a need in a tangible way. An individual that graduated from one of the following institutions is considered an alumnus: North Bay Normal School, Teacher’s College, Nipissing University College or Nipissing University.
Past recipients of the Philanthropy Alumni Award: