St. Olaf College
Alumni Awards

September 2018

The Board of Regents of St. Olaf College and the St. Olaf College Alumni Association, in recognition of outstanding achievements, bestow the St. Olaf Alumni Awards on those alumni whose accomplishments have brought honor to self and to the college; whose service and leadership have exemplified its ideals; and whose concern for St. Olaf has supported and strengthened its program.

The Alumni Awards serve several purposes
  • To honor alumni who exemplify the fulfillment of the college mission
  • To inspire students and alumni through alumni achievement and volunteer service
  • To engage or re-engage alumni through the Alumni Awards process
  • To exhibit and publicize the success of the college program as reflected by its alumni
  • To encourage support of the college program from alumni and parents, through achievements of alumni that exemplify the strengths and benefits of St. Olaf’s liberal arts program
St. Olaf bestows the following awards
  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Alumni Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Service Award
Award Details

Nominations Due: January
Final Selection: May
Award Ceremony: Homecoming

2018 Award Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award

Wendy Helgemo ’91

Advocate for Native Americans in the areas of public health, education, housing, and economic security

The Alumni Achievement Award

Craig Hella Johnson ’84

Renowned choral conductor, composer, and educator

Outstanding Service Award

Jon Hallberg ’88

Medical director of the University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City
Clinic and associate professor of family medicine and community health


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