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Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the association's most prestigious award. It was first awarded in 1962 and continues to annually recognize living graduates of UAF. Alumni are selected for the award based on meritorious service on behalf of UAF, distinguished accomplishments in business and professional life, or distinguished human service in community affairs.

In 2022, the UAF Alumni Association is presenting two awards to acknowledge the challenges alumni in the healthcare profession have overcome during the pandemic. Dr. Allison Kelliher ’01 and DeLys Cooks ’06, ’07 will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.


2022 award winner
Dr. Allison Kelliher ’01
2022 award winner
DeLys Cooks ’06, ’07


William R. Cashen Service Award

William R. "Bill" Cashen '37 was an alumni director, professor and university marshal, as well as a public servant, historian, family man, proud alumnus and friend to many alumni. Cashen set the example for service to the university and its alumni association. This award is designed to recognize and perpetuate his example and inspire all those associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The 2022 award is presented to Jim Culley ’93, a longtime supporter of the College of Business and Security Management. 


2022 award winner
Jim Culley ’93