Special Boilermaker Award

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Established in 1981, the Special Boilermaker Award honors a member of the Purdue faculty or staff who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the quality of life or the betterment of the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students.

Nominations

Nominations will be accepted April 1 through June 1 each year. Nominations will not be considered unless accompanied by a one-page description of the nominee’s accomplishments.

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Selection Criteria

Consideration will be given to nominee contributions that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Taking initiative in the creative solution of problems
  • Unselfishly contributing time and effort
  • Being a “silent leader”
  • Devoting time to efforts beyond professional expectations

Selection Process

Nominations may be made by any person or group affiliated with Purdue University—students, faculty, staff, or alumni. The award will be chosen by the Special Boilermaker Award selection committee.

Presentation of Award

Recipients are honored during an on-field award presentation at a Purdue football game, and nameplates are added to a plaque in the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center as well as the awards obelisk on the Purdue Mall. 

Past Recipients

  • 2021
    • Martia Brawner King
    • Susan Huffman
    • Venetria Patton
  • 2020
    • Amy Glenn
    • Nancy Cross
    • Margie Jones
  • 2019
    • Dr. Robert Hannemann
    • Denton Sederquist
  • 2018
    • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
    • Michele Strutz
  • 2017
    • Zenephia Evans
    • Nanci Forney
    • Mike Piggott
  • 2016
    • Rita Baker
    • Nancy Kester
    • Marcy Towns
  • 2015
    • Tarri Brickler
    • Carolyn Johnson
    • Pam Mow
  • 2014
    • Tim Gennett
    • Rosemary Ricci
    • James Dworkin
  • 2013
    • Tom Turpin
    • Teresa Eloff
  • 2012
    • Linda Conner
    • John Norberg
  • 2011
    • Allan Goecker
    • William J. Hutzel
  • 2010
    • James Barany
    • Charles Krousgrill
  • 2009
    • Ronald L. Fruitt
    • Marshall A. Martin
  • 2008
    • Barbara J. Frazee
    • Scott B. Mandernack
  • 2007
    • Debra Kay Sheets
  • 2006
    • James J. Foster
    • Kenneth L. Coleman
  • 2005
    • Mary Louise Foster
    • William D. Kisinger
  • 2004
    • W. David Downey
    • Gene Keady
    • Betsy Marti
  • 2003
    • Dr. Stephen Cain
    • Tony Hawkins
  • 2002
    • Sandy Monroe
    • Scott Ksander
  • 2001
    • Ronald Fosnaugh
    • Jack Karl
    • Robert Taylor
  • 2000
    • Sarah Johnson
    • Roy Johnson
    • Frank Murphy
    • David Tate
  • 1999
    • Linda Ewing
    • Richard Grace
    • Lanny Wilson
  • 1998
    • Lawrence Bohl
    • Carole Lembi
    • Richard Stewart
  • 1997
    • Kellie Cox
    • Tanya Foster
    • Dorsey Moss
  • 1996
    • Phillip Nelson
    • Thomas Schmenk
    • Alan York
  • 1995
    • Camilla Lawson
    • Mary Alice Nebold
    • Earl Notestine
  • 1994
    • Alfred Chiscon
    • Rev. Kenneth Ewing
    • Brenda King
  • 1993
    • Stephen Akers
    • Dr. Lloyd Combs
    • Martha Fletcher
  • 1992
    • Deborah Anderson
    • Marion Blalock
    • Charles Rhykerd
  • 1991
    • Barbara Doster
    • Margery Ismail
    • Lynn Powers
  • 1990
    • Frieda Bogan
    • Robert L. Britt
    • Carolyn Newlin
  • 1989
    • Gerald Kungel
    • Elizabeth Karpick
  • 1988
    • James Blakesley
    • Jane Daniels
  • 1987
    • Cornell Bell
    • Alene Sutter
  • 1986
    • William Frey
    • Lila Hite
  • 1985
    • William Berner
    • Richard W. McDowell
  • 1984
    • Patricia Moore
    • G. Gordon Youngstedt
  • 1983
    • Jonalou Harrington
    • James Sinninger
    • Antonio Zamora
  • 1982
    • Robert M. King
    • Betty Nelson
    • John Sautter
  • 1981
    • Rev. Phillip Bowers
    • Dave Parker