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First Decade Achievement Award

Many alumni become leaders in their field at a very early stage.

Created in 1998, the First Decade Achievement Award recognizes those who have made an extraordinary impact in their organization(s) within their first 10 years of graduating. This could include community service, career advancement, academic achievement, or excellence in a career path outside of employment relations.

Nominate an Alumnus

To nominate an alumnus for the First Decade Achievement Award, please fill out this form with the nominee’s name and a brief statement of support.


Year Awardee Degree Graduation Year
2019 Jessica Chen MHRIR 2009
Matt Crocker MHRIR 2009
RaeAnn Levang Meyer MHRIR 2009
2018 Tyler Micenheimer MHRIR 2008
2013 Michael Walsh MHRIR 2005
Christine Gilboe Walsh MHRIR 2006
2008 Fred Walumba PhD 2001
2007 Demetrios Georgacopoulos MHRIR 2000
1998 Rich Kahr AM 1983
1998 Sandra L. Roach AM 1995