St. Olaf College
Alumni Awards

October 2017

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

2017 Alumni Award Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award

Siri Hustvedt ’77

Internationally recognized author, feminist, and scholar

The Alumni Achievement Award

Monthian Buntan ’90

Senator, Upper House of the Royal Thai Parliament and President of the Thailand Association of the Blind

Alumni Achievement Award

René Clausen ’74

Composer and music educator, Concordia College

Alumni Achievement Award

Mary Reid Kelley ’01

Visual Artist and MacArthur Genius Fellow

The Outstanding Service Award

Ruth ’81 and Arne Sorenson

Ruth is a music educator at Chevy Chase-Bethesda Community Children’s Center and Arne is president and CEO of Marriott International


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