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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.

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.

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.

CALS Alumni Association Awards

2019 Recipients

Peggy Koenig

Outstanding Alumni Award

Nathan T. Connell

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Bruce V. Lewenstein

Outstanding Faculty Award

Alireza Abbaspourrad

Rising Star Faculty Achievement Award

Daniel Schwartz '01

Young Alumni Achievement Award (2018)

Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award

2018 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recipients

New York State Hometown Alumni Awards

2018 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.