2024 Black and Orange Awards

Black and Orange Award Celebration

 

The OSU Alumni Association presents several awards to outstanding Oregon Staters throughout the year. We need your help nominating Oregon Staters who have excelled in their field of study, been dedicated to serving Oregon State University or have served their community. 

This fall, at the Orange and Black Awards Celebration we will be awarding the Alumni Fellows, Dan W. Poling Service Award, the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jean and C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award, the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award, the Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award as well as the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award in partnership with OSU Athletics.   

The celebration will be in Corvallis on Thursday, Sept. 19. Event information and registration will be forthcoming. 

Please see below to learn about the awards and how to nominate a deserving Oregon Stater. Nominations for all awards are due March 1 (deadline was extended) to the OSU Alumni Association via email at osualum@osualum.com or by mail to: OSU Alumni Association, 204 CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Corvallis, OR 97331. 

For questions, please contact Kate.Sanders@osualum.com.  

 

 

 

About the Black and Orange Awards

The deadline for all award nominations has been extended to March 1, 2024

Alumni Fellows

The Alumni Fellows recognition program was established by the Oregon State University Alumni Association in 1988 to recognize eminent alumni that distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. Individuals are nominated by their graduating college, campus unit or department at Oregon State University.

Criteria and nomination form for Alumni Fellows.

 

E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award

Established by the Oregon State University Alumni Association in 1981 in tribute to an extraordinary man and his contributions to OSU and the State of Oregon. The award honors OSU alumni who make significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers bring acclaim to the university.

E.B. Lemon, ’11, served OSU for more than 70 years. His call for a “permanent alumni home on campus” was one of three primary reasons for the Memorial Union’s construction. Heavily involved with the OSUAA and OSU Foundation, his legacy includes creating the publication that is now the beloved Oregon Stater

Criteria and nomination form for the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award.

 

Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award

Established by the Oregon State University Alumni Association in 2005 and permanently renamed the Joan (“Jo-Anne”) Austin Honorary Alumni Award in 2014, this award recognizes those who have contributed greatly to OSU and the Alumni Association, yet have not received a degree from OSU. Like its first recipient and eventual namesake, these individuals have given so tirelessly of their time and resources to the university that it is obvious that they are Beavers at heart.

One of Oregon State's most beloved friends and supporters, Joan (“Jo-Anne”) Austin died June 5, 2013, in Newberg, Oregon, where she lived with her husband of nearly 60 years, Ken Austin, a 1954 alumnus. The Austins co-founded A-dec, the world's largest privately-owned dental equipment manufacturing company, and when they found themselves able to help meet critical needs in society, in their hometown, and at Ken's alma mater, they did so with great enthusiasm and generosity. Austin Hall, the new home of the OSU College of Business, bears their name.

Criteria and nomination form for the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award.

 

Dan Poling Service Award

Established by the Oregon State University Alumni Association in 1989 to honor dedication and service to Oregon State University. The award is presented to an OSU supporter who exemplifies Dan Poling's sustained service to the university.

Dan W. Poling, ’28, was an influential dean of men, faculty member, mentor, teacher and friend. He served the university and the welfare of students for more than five decades. “Dean Dan” to many alumni, the two-time OSU graduate remained enthusiastically engaged in alumni affairs throughout the years.

Criteria and nomination form for the Dan W. Poling Service Award.

 

Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to OSU Athletics, the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award is named after the four-year letterman who was the captain of the 1942 Rose Bowl team. A former president of the Beaver Athletic Student Fund, Martin Chaves was an influential booster in various fundraising activities.

 

Jean & C.H. "Scram" Graham Leadership Award

Established in 2000 by the Oregon State University Alumni Association in appreciation of Jean and Scram Graham's leadership and loyalty to OSU. The award honors individuals who promote the alumni association.

Jean, ’36, and C.H. “Scram” Graham, ’35, poured their hearts into advancing Oregon State. Their fundraising efforts helped build Reser Stadium, Gill Coliseum and the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Scram served as the director of alumni relations for nearly two decades.

Criteria and nomination form for the Jean and Scram Leadership Award.

 

Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award

Established in 2006 and permanently renamed the Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award in 2017, the award recognizes alumni, age 35 or younger, for exceptional achievements in career, public service and/or volunteer activities, which bring credit to Oregon State University. Don Wirth, a 1961 OSU graduate, was executive director of the OSUAA for 21 years and is widely credited with getting the CH2M HILL Alumni Center built. He and Shirley Wirth, a 1963 graduate, worked tirelessly for decades to increase alumni involvement and services at the university.

Criteria and nomination form for the Young Alumni Award.