Alumni Honors Award Recipients

Each year the Board of Alumni honors alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen field, have shown exceptional leadership qualities and/or have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service in their communities and the college.

Think you know of someone who should be on one of the following lists but isn’t? Please take a moment to complete a nomination form. Nominations for the next round of awards are due August 1, 2022.   Award winners will be announced in late fall and honored at the Alumni Honors Celebration at Alumni Weekend in June 2023.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

This award honors an alumnus/a for superior performance in his or her chosen field and/or superior service to his or her chosen community, 15 or more years after graduation.

Judy Cockerton BA ’73 - 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award

Distinguished Alumna Award

After her experience as a foster parent, Judy was moved to create the Treehouse Foundation. For 18 years, she has served as Treehouse’s executive director and has stayed true to the founding beliefs that every child deserves a permanent, loving family and families need a supportive community to succeed. The foundation leads two major initiatives: first, the award-winning Treehouse Community, a vibrant intergenerational neighborhood designed to support families adopting children from foster care and older adults who act as honorary grandparents, and second, the Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Movement, which works to inspire widespread investment in foster care innovation.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients

This award honors an alumnus/a for superior performance in his or her chosen field and/or superior service to his or her chosen community within 15 years of graduation.

Kemiyondo Coutinho BA ’12 - 2020 Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Kemiyondo is the founder of a production company, a music platform, and the #fivefor5 initiative, which will grant five Ugandan female filmmakers the chance to make a short film. Her own directorial debut film, Kyenvu, won multiple international awards; additional awards and honors include John Singleton’s Filmmaker’s Fellowship, Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Filmmaking Fellowship, a Shadow and Act Rising Star Award, Forbes Africa30 Under 30 recipient, and OKAY Africa’s 100 Women of Africa to Watch recipient. Kemiyondo can be seen in Apple TV’s Little America, and wrote for MTV’s Undressed and Starz’s Step Up: High Water.

Donald G. Balmer Citation Recipients

This award honors an alumnus/a, faculty or staff member, or friend of Lewis & Clark for outstanding voluntary service to the college. Originally called the “Alumni Citation”, this award was renamed in 1991 to recognize Don Balmer’s selfless support of the college and to encourage others to follow his example.

Roger Nelsen - 2020 Donald G. Balmer Citation

Donald G. Balmer Citation

Roger has been involved with Lewis & Clark for 51 years, and many of his fondest memories are getting to know students outside of the classroom by leading five overseas programs, and serving as faculty advisor to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Roger served as Phi Beta Kappa chapter president twice and represented the college at its Triennial Council four times. After retiring in 2009, Roger served on the selection committee for the President’s Scholarship for Student Engagement for three years, and is currently the faculty representative for the Albany Society.

Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award Recipients

This award honors an alumnus/a for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in his or her service to Lewis & Clark alumni.

David Grube BA ’69 - 2020 Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award

Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award

David’s experience on the L&C 1968–69 Austria overseas study program inspired him to stay connected with his cohort and the college. He has organized reunions every five years since returning home from the program, and in 2018, he led the group on a return to their homestays in Sankt Veit an der Glan and then back to Vienna. David has hosted biweekly virtual reunions for the group since the start of the pandemic. He served on his 50th reunion class committee and is currently the L&C Class of 1969 correspondent.