Awards and Recognition

Alumni Awards Banquet

Every year at Homecoming, the Missouri Western Alumni Association honors accomplished alumni for outstanding contributions to their field, their university and/or their community. Watch the stories of this year’s award winners at

Congratulations to the 2023 Alumni Award Honorees!

LaVell Rucker ’03
LaVell Rucker ’03Distinguished Alumni Award
Kimberly Warren ’92
Kimberly Warren ’92Distinguished Alumni Award
Elissa Zorn ’12/’17
Elissa Zorn ’12/’17Distinguished Faculty Award
Michael Sewell ’19
Michael Sewell ’19GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award
Dennis Rosonke
Dennis RosonkeHerb ’35 and Peggy Iffert Award for Outstanding Service to the University
LaTonya Williams ’03
LaTonya Williams ’03Great Griffon Award
College of Liberal Arts
David Jordan ’74
David Jordan ’74Great Griffon Award
College of Business & Professional Studies
Jeff Stubblefield ’83
Jeff Stubblefield ’83Great Griffon Award
College of Science & Health
Taylor Edwards ’23
Taylor Edwards ’23Graduating Senior of the Year
Briana Ward ’23
Briana Ward ’23Clifford Hughes ’55 Award


If you would like to nominate someone for an award, please see the nominations page and follow the instructions listed for each award.