Alumni Award Recipients

2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner
Saturday, April 29 | 6 p.m.
Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center Ballroom

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Three Rogers State University alumni will be honored during the event:

  • Rhett Ables will receive the RSU Alumni Rising Star Award
  • Dr. Andrea Hunt will receive the RSU Distinguished Hillcat Award
  • Bill Spears will receive the Hill Legacy Award

There were several outstanding alumni nominated, but ultimately we selected three truly exceptional candidates whose character and stories embody the spirit of Rogers State University. Read more about each honoree »

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About the Awards

Over the last 113 years, the school on the hill has produced many honorable alumni. Rogers State University in Claremore has a storied past that began in 1909 when it first began as Eastern University Prep School. Becoming the Oklahoma Military Academy in 1919, the school would evolve to become the Claremore Junior College, Rogers State College, and then Rogers University between 1972-1999. In 2000, Rogers State University was born. Since then, RSU has been a traditional four-year accredited university graduating the first bachelor’s degrees in 2002. It is time to recognize our distinguished alumni and shine a light on their success stories.

These awards will be presented annually to alumni who, through personal achievement and service, have brought honor and statewide, regional or national distinction to both themselves and RSU. Nominators are not required to be alumni, a nominee must be an alumnus with a degree.

  • RSU Alumni Rising Star (graduated in last five years)
    We will be seeking an alumnus that has hit the ground running after graduation. The ideal nominee will be making big changes in their local community, leading a business, or developing talent all while representing exactly what it mean to be a Hillcat.
  • RSU Distinguished Hillcat (graduated since 2000)
    Celebrating over twenty years as a four-year university, this successful nominee will be established in their field and a perfect example of the difference a degree from RSU can make.
  • Hill Legacy Award (1972-1999)
    It is always important to give credit to those that came before us. This award is open to anyone that graduated from any of our predecessor schools.

Sponsorship Levels

Presenting Sponsor $2500 – 1: Includes signage on promotional materials, mentions on social media, signage at the event, and recognition with an option to speak at the event. Listing on sponsor page. Two tables of 8.

Alumni Award Sponsors – $1500 – 3: Rising Star – Distinguished Alumni – Hillcat Legacy. Includes signage on promo material and individual award acknowledgment, signage at the event, and recognition in both the program and during presentations. Listing on sponsor page. One table of 8.

Grand Alumni $1000: Includes signage on promo material and social media shout-outs leading up to the event. Listing on sponsor page.

Table sponsors $500: Listing on sponsor page, table of 8.


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