The 2013 Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC).

Awards and Recognition

Cornell appreciates and recognizes its volunteers for their invaluable contributions.


  • Introduced in 2012, the CAA Cup is a recognition that honors alumni groups and leaders for specific programs created in the name of Cornell. The recipient is determined by volunteer alumni leaders who attend the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC) in January.

CAAAN Recognition Program

  • Cornell is proud to have 11,000+ enthusiastic CAAAN alumni volunteers around the world. The CAAAN Recognition Program honors a committee member of the year and a committee chair of the year.

CALS Outstanding Alumni Awards

  • With the CALS Outstanding Alumni Awards, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the CALS Alumni Association honor alumni who have achieved recognized success in their businesses, professions, or other avocational endeavors; have been actively involved in, worked for, and demonstrated leadership on behalf of the college and Cornell University; and have made significant contributions to the betterment of society through humanitarian and charitable endeavors.

Carlos R. Quintanilla Distinguished Latino Alumni Award

  • The Carlos R. Quintanilla Distinguished Latino Alumni Award recognizes alumni for exceptional achievements and significant contributions to their professions, community, and society as a whole; for their demonstrated commitment to the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management; and for promoting the advancement of Latinos in the business world.

Daniel Elmer Salmon Award for Distinguished Alumni Service

Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award

  • The Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award honors alumni who have given long-term volunteer service to Cornell throughout the broad spectrum of Cornell’s alumni organizations. Up to six alumni receive this prestigious award each year.

Helen Bull Vandervort Alumni Achievement Award

Henry P. Renard '54, MBA '55 Regional Club of the Year Award

Human Ecology Recent Alumni Achievement Award

  • Presented annually since 1999, the Recent Alumni Achievement Award seeks to recognize alumni who graduated within the past fifteen years who have demonstrated excellence and personal commitment to professional, community, College or University activities.

Jerome Alpern Award

  • TheJerome Alpern Award was established in 1997 and named in honor of Jerome Alpern '49, whose contributions of outstanding service and support to the ILR School, its students, and its alumni, combined with his professional accomplishments outside the field of industrial and labor relations, embody the essence and spirit of the Alpern Award.

Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award

  • The Groat Alumni Award was established in 1971 in honor of Judge Groat's vision and in tribute to his professional accomplishments, which culminated in appointment as justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Eleventh Judicial District.

L. Joseph Thomas Leadership Award

  • The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management's highest honor, the L. Joseph Thomas Leadership Award recognizes alumni for their exceptional demonstration of vision and leadership, sound business sense, and commitment to community.

Robert J. Swieringa Young Alumni Service Award

  • The Robert J. Swieringa Young Alumni Service Award recognizes alumni for their exemplary commitment to the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and its alumni, and continued engagement with Johnson as a volunteer leader in many engagement activities.

Samuel C. Johnson Distinguished Service Award

Sloan Alumni Achievement Award

  • Established in 2014, the Sloan Alumni Achievement Award award seeks to recognize a Sloan alumnae/alumnus who through their endeavors in healthcare administration demonstrate the relevance and significance of the education they received in the Sloan Program at Cornell University. As leaders they have branched out in many directions to use their knowledge and skills to change the world.

Wilbur Parker Award

  • The Wilbur Parker Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes African American alumni who demonstrate outstanding professional achievement and commitment to their community, and who embody the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management's shared values of mutual respect, collaboration, integrity and trust, pride and accountability, professionalism, and investment in self.

William "Bill" Vanneman '31 Outstanding Class Leader Award

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