Alumni Recognition

CALS Alumni Association Awards

The CALS Alumni Association annually honors 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.

Outstanding faculty and staff are also recognized for significant contributions in teaching, research, extension, or administration.

2018's recipients:


Lorette Simon Gross '89, '90

Outstanding Alumni

Natalie Teich '65

Outstanding Alumni

Michael Thompson '77

Outstanding Alumni

Christopher Watkins

Outstanding Faculty

Lee Humphreys '99

Rising Star Faculty Achievement

Daniel Schwartz '01

Young Alumni Achievement

Nominate a classmate or explore past recipients.

More information about the Outstanding Alumni Awards can be obtained from (607) 255-8711 or alsaa [at]

Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award

The ninth president of Cornell University, Frank H. T. Rhodes, is one of the most beloved and respected administrators in Cornell’s history, and has eloquently inspired alumni of all ages as well as generations of Cornell students to continue their life after Cornell as dedicated Cornellians. Named in his honor, this prestigious award recognizes alumni who have given long-term volunteer service to Cornell.

2019 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recipients:

New York State Hometown Alumni Award

Established in 2018, the award honors alumni who have returned to their home counties to start, or enhance, a business or nonprofit, and who regularly volunteer and are deeply engaged in their communities.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recipients:

Tsiorasa Barreiro (center)

Franklin County, NY

An Akwesasne native and executive director for tribal operations of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.

Nate Chittenden '00

Stuyvesant, New York

A third-generation dairy farmer who co-manages Dutch Hollow Farm in Columbia County with his brothers and parents.

Christa Glazier

Syracuse, NY

Vice president of communications and marketing for the Syracuse-based CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity.