Alumni Awards

2017 Alumni and Development Award Winners
Annually the Alumni Association recognizes alumni, faculty/staff and friends of Miami for the contributions they make to the University, their community and society as a whole. The awards are presented in conjunction with the Philanthropy Awards.

2017 Alumni Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following individuals who were honored at the 2017 Alumni Association Awards Dinner,  Friday, May 5, 2017.
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LaKeisha Thomas ’04
Bishop Medal

Kay Geiger ’78
John E. Dolibois Award

Jonathan Elliott ’00
A.K. Morris Award

Melissa Mendenhall
Dave Roberts Award

Lynn Good ’81
Distinguished Achievement Medal

Mark Lacker ’79
Effective Educator Award


Patricia Oxley
Honorary Alumni Award

Benjamin Menker ’09
H. Kenneth Gambee Young Alumni Award

Brandon Brooks ’11
Young Philanthropist of the Year

Bruce Henke ’72
Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Jess Bolton ’17
Student Philanthropist of the Year

Farmer Family Foundation
Philanthropist of the Year

18 of the Last 9 Young Alumni Award - 18 of the Last 9 aims to recognize 18 outstanding young alumni who have graduated in the last nine years, bring them back to campus in the fall, and connect them with students, staff, and faculty.

A.K. Morris Award - Established in 1956, the A.K. Morris Award is named for a Miami alumnus and staff member who went beyond the call of his duties as an assistant to Miami’s President in service to the Alumni Association. 

Bishop Medal - Established in 1936, the Bishop Medal is named in honor of Robert Hamilton Bishop, Miami’s first president. It is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in service to fellow human beings.

Dave Roberts Award - Created by the Division of University Advancement in 1995, the Dave Roberts Award recognizes a Miami faculty/staff member who consistently goes beyond the call of duty in service to the division. 

Distinguished Achievement Medal - Awarded for the first time in 1985, this medal is reserved for the alumna or alumnus who has reached the pinnacle in a field of endeavor.

Effective Educator Award - Since 1983, the Alumni Association has recognized one nominee with the Effective Educator Award.

H. Kenneth Gambee Young Alumni Award - Named to honor an alumnus who took a special interest in young people, the Gambee award recognizes those alumni who have provided exemplary service to the Alumni Association within ten years of graduation.

Honorary Alumni Award - Established in 1958, Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Miami University Alumni Association is awarded to those individuals who serve Miami and the Alumni Association as loyally as alumni.

John E. Dolibois Award - Previously called the Alumni Award, this honor has been presented since 1947 for continuous and meritorious service, named in 1984 for Ambassador John E. Dolibois ’42, Miami’s first full-time alumni professional.