NMU Alumni Association Awards

Alumni Association Awards are presented annually at Homecoming. They include the Distinguished Alumni Award; Alumni Achievement Award; Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Alumni Service Award. 

First presented in 1964, the NMU Alumni Association Awards celebrate the personal and professional achievements of NMU alumni who distinguish themselves through exceptional contributions to their profession, community and society.

Do you know someone who should be nominated? The nomination process is quick and easy. Nominations can be submitted year-round by friends, family, faculty and staff through the online nomination process. Nominations received by December 31 are considered for the recognition the following year.

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Award Criteria and Nomination Form




2020 NMU Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award

Steve Mariucci, Distinguished Alumni Award

Steve Mariucci ('77 BS, '83 MAE) of Monte Sereno, Calif.
Mariucci is an analyst with the NFL Network and former NFL head coach, spending six years with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Detroit Lions. The Iron Mountain native led the 1975 football Wildcats to the NCAA Division II Championship before earning bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He has been a strong supporter of his hometown, NMU Athletics and the Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House in Marquette.

Per Utnegaard, Distinguished Alumni Award

Per Utnegaard ('82 BS) of Oberaegen, Switzerland
Utnegaard was a member of the Nordic ski team and a business major at NMU. After more than three decades as an international business executive, he now serves on four boards, including two listed companies with a presence in London, United Kingdom and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and one private equity-owned company based in Paris, France with 12 factories worldwide. Utnegaard also serves on the Swiss University Foundation, which fosters top sports in Switzerland.

Alumni Achievement Award

Anita Mattson, Alumni Achievement Award 

Anita Mattson ('02 BS) of Worcester, Mass.
As a graduate of NMU's chemistry program, Mattson serves as an organic synthetic chemist with a strong medicinal chemistry component in her research. The Marquette native is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She oversees the Mattson Group, a laboratory conducting research to develop new molecular methods for synthesizing treatments for drug-resistant cancers. In 2017, she received a $1.7 million award from the NIH to support this work.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Amanda Rosenburg, Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Amanda Rosenburg ('07 BS) of Astoria, N.Y.
Rosenburg earned a psychology degree from NMU. She is a senior researcher for the Higher Education Team for Google Inc., where she is the team leader for products used by many higher education institutions, including NMU. During her relatively short career, she has conducted research and contributed to the production lines for Crayola, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, KaBOOM, DreamWorks and Sprout.  She served as a consulting researcher for the Emmy Award-winning PBS television shows Super Why! And Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

Alumni Service Award

Greg Toutant ('94 BS) of Negaunee, Mich.
Toutant, who earned his NMU degree in history, is the CEO of Great Lakes Recovery Centers. Under his leadership, GLRC has expanded its scope well beyond substance abuse and now provides a wide range of behavioral health services throughout the Upper Peninsula. GLRC has also received numerous honors for its community impact. Toutant is involved in a number of organizations in Negaunee and Marquette.


Past Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award 
This award recognizes a graduate who has documented exceptional achievements in his/her profession and has made transformative contributions to society, their discipline or profession. Other factors include demonstrated leadership and/or honors received that clearly sets them apart from their peers (a person distinguished by his/her achievements).  This is the highest honor the NMU Alumni Association can award.
Alumni Achievement Award
This award recognizes a graduate who has notable professional achievements on a regional or local level.  Other factors include contributions to their community and documented leadership at the regional or local level. 
Outstanding Young Alumni Award 
This award recognizes a graduate under 36 years of age, as of December 31 in the year submitted, who has shown endeavors in professional, civic, business, political or similar activities, that set the candidate clearly apart from his/her peers and has shown service and/or honor to NMU through their endeavors.
Alumni Service Award
This award recognizes a graduate whose volunteer service, civic endeavors or contributions to his/her community have been outstanding or whose volunteerism, contributions and/or recruitment efforts on behalf of NMU are above the norm.
Alumni Community Service Award
This award combined with the Alumni Service Award in 2019. An NMU alumnus/alumna whose volunteer service to his/her community has been outstanding for a minimum of 10 years. The recipient shall have made significant contributions to the quality of life in his/her community. This award may be presented in the community in which the recipient resides, during Homecoming Weekend, or at another event determined by the Alumni Association Awards Committee.