Call for 2020 CLAS Alumni Fellows - Nominations due February 14

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Steve Goddard, Dean
RE: Call for 2020 CLAS Alumni Fellows - Nominations due February 14

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Do you have a successful and exemplary alum whom you’d like to bring to campus for two days to meet with students, talk to classes, and deliver a campus-wide lecture or presentation?

Please consider nominating them as a 2020 CLAS Alumni Fellow

The CLAS Alumni Fellows program honors and recognizes alumni for their outstanding contributions to society and their professions.

The 2020 Fellows’ visits can be scheduled at a time during the 2020-21 academic year that is convenient for the Fellow and the host department. CLAS will pay for airfare, three nights of lodging, and meals for the Fellows; CLAS will also promote the Fellows’ visits and their public events, including arranging for media coverage if there is interest. The Fellows are publicly recognized and presented with a plaque by the Dean at their public lectures/presentations.

The 2019 Fellows included Amanda Acevedo (Physics and Astronomy), President of a software engineering firm; John Eiler (Geographical and Sustainability Sciences), Robert P. Sharp Professor of Geology and geochemistry at Cal Tech; Scott Icenogle (Communication Studies), music composer for television; and Carolyn Lukensmeyer (English/Political Science), Executive Director Emerita of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

As an example of the kinds of valuable interactions an Alumni Fellow can bring, Dr. Lukensmeyer spoke to classes in both English and Political Science, screened a documentary film, and held a public talk in the IMU. These activities afforded students, faculty, staff, and the public the opportunity to learn from and talk with an expert in civil discourse in politics, a subject of great societal importance and interest.

If your department would like to bring a distinguished graduate to campus as a CLAS Alumni Fellow, the DEO may send the name, degree, and one or two paragraphs about the nominee’s career achievements to Lisa Gray at by February 14. Our Strategic Communications team will then work with the DEO and departmental Administrator to compile materials for consideration by the CLAS Dean and Associate Deans.

For more information, and to see all the Alumni Fellows since the program began in 1999, visit If you have questions, please email Lisa Gray using the address above, or call her at 353-2970.