St. Olaf College
Alumni Awards

2019 Alumni Outstanding Service Award Winners (from left to right) Douglas Tate ’70, Jerome Appeldoorn ’67, John Mittelsteadt ’81 and Robert Gehringer ’71

2019 Award Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award

Nathan Lindgren ’63

Physicist Nathan Lindgren ’63 is committed to serving the world beyond his Upper Midwestern roots, and his professional achievements include 40 years as an expert researcher in national defense technologies.

The Alumni Achievement Award

Karine Swensen Moe ’85

Provost and dean of the faculty at Macalester College.

Her leadership contributions at Macalester include restructuring its Institute for Global Citizenship to better integrate multiculturalism and inclusion into the institute’s programs. She has also led efforts to improve Macalester’s hiring of faculty of color, to develop an entrepreneurship program, and to build a new $32 million theater, dance, and classroom building.

Outstanding Service Award

Jerry Appeldoorn ’67, Douglas Tate ’70, Robert Gehringer ’71, and John Mittelsteadt ’81

Developed and sustained St. Olaf’s Peruvian Medical Experience, a life-changing experiential learning opportunity for students who are planning careers in health care.

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


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