Alumni Awards

Nominations for the alumni awards are accepted from January 1 through March 31 each year and the awards are presented at Homecoming. For more information check out the awards descriptions and nomination forms below:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Outstanding career achievement and service of the highest order to his or her community [Criteria | Nomination Form | Previous Winners]

Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Must have earned first MU degree within the last 10 years. Outstanding voluntary or other public service on a local, state, national, or global level. [Criteria | Nomination Form | Previous Winners]

Outstanding Alumni Service Award

Outstanding service and dedication to Methodist University Alumni Association [Criteria | Nomination Form | Previous Winners]

Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award

Must have demonstrated a high level of accomplishment within his or her official duties to Methodist University [Criteria | Nomination Form | Previous Winners]

Philanthropist Award

Must have provided outstanding and generous financial support to Methodist University [Criteria | Nomination Form | Previous Winners]

2017 Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

Rahila MuhibiRahila Muhibi '09 is a passionate human rights and development professional and volunteers with the Friends of Hazara and the Refugee Council. While she was at Methodist, Muhibi was president of the International Club. She won the 2007 Davis Projects for Peace Grant which she used to establish the Youth Summer Camp for Peace in Afghanistan before graduating with a degree in global studies.


Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Sakun GajurelSakun Gajurel '10 is a former Communication and Advocacy Officer at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She recently accepted a 2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship to attend Duke University this year. She graduated from Methodist magna cum laude with a degree in sociology and she was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society.



Outstanding Alumni Service Award

Murray DugginsPresident and owner of United Companies, Murray Duggins '66, is a former Center for Entrepreneurship award winner and a member of a number of area clubs and volunteer organizations. Since graduating from Methodist, Duggins has funded an endowed scholarship and contributed funds to create the Duggins Theatre in the new Reeves Fine Arts Building. He has been instrumental in issuing two financial challenges to MU alumni and hosted a Bringing MU to You event in 2015.


Philanthropist Award

Bob AllenBob Allen, the owner of D.R. Allen & Sons Terminal, LLC, Concrete Service, and the Highland House, Allen is a loyal donor to Methodist with support dating back to before the charter was signed in 1956. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1984 and serves as chairman of the Board for Fayetteville Block. Allen is also the founder of the Allen Foundation.


Outstanding Faculty Award

George HendricksGeorge Hendricks, Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Social Work was previously named Distinguished Professor of the Year and BF Stone Lyceum speaker. Hendricks served as the National Campaign Committee Faculty Chair and continues to volunteer with the Faculty and Staff Philanthropy Advisory Board.



Outstanding Faculty Award

Rick LoweRick Lowe, the Vice President of Enrollment Services since January 1996, has enrolled more than 11,200 new day students at MU. Lowe is a member of the President's Cabinet and the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO). He has served on a number of task forces and special projects over the last 20 years.




Other Awards Honoring Alumni

Alumni Business Person of the Year: Presented by the MU Center for Entrepreneurship

Athletics Hall of Fame: Presented during Homecoming.


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