Alumni Awards


For more than eight decades, the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) has carried on the cherished tradition of honoring alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding professional and personal achievements and those who have loyally dedicated their time and service to Northwestern.

Each year, the NAA recognizes these individuals whose accomplishments reflect positively on their own abilities and on Northwestern University. On April 25, nearly 300 members of the Northwestern community gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago to celebrate the 82nd annual Alumni Awards.

Alumnus Nicholas D. Chabraja, a former trial lawyer and business executive, accepted the program’s top honor, the Alumni Medal. Alumni merit, service, emerging leader, and achievement awards were presented to an additional 17 alumni and friends of the University. The 2015 award recipients have earned acclaim in business, education, film and television, sports, law, literature, health care, philanthropy and the arts.

2015 Recipients

The Northwestern Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Alumni Awards. View a photo gallery from the awards ceremony here.

Alumni Awards 2015 - Images by NU Alumni Relations

Group photo, Front Row: L-R: Dave Revsine, Arva Rice, Gita Blumentals Budd, Ashley Fields, Mara Brock Akil, Karen Russell, Wiley Hausam Back Row: L-R: Nayef H. Samhat, John A. Canning Jr., Brad J. Potter, Daryl Morey, Herold “Mac” Deason, Charles F. Sansone, William Bindley Not pictured: Nicholas D. Chabraja, Jeffrey M. Harris, Todd M. Warren, John Wood

for attaining superior professional distinction and/or exemplary volunteer service to society, with an outstanding record of service to Northwestern University:

Nicholas D. Chabraja ’64, ’67 JD

for high achievement in a profession or field (recipients chosen by school):

Mara Brock Akil ’92 – Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

William Bindley ’84 – School of Communication

Herold "Mac" Deason ’67 JD – School of Law

Ashley Fields ’09 MA – School of Professional Studies

Wiley Conrad Hausam ’80 – Bienen School of Music

Daryl Morey ’96 – McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Brad J. Potter ’79 DDS – Dental School

David L. Revsine ’91 – Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Arva Rice ’90 – School of Education and Social Policy

Nayef Hassan Samhat ’95 PhD – The Graduate School

for the exceptional advancement of causes or ideas that improve society:

John Wood ’89 MBA

for outstanding service to the University:

Gita Blumentals Budd ’76, ’78 MBA

Jeffrey M. Harris ’93

Charles F. Sansone ’62

Todd M. Warren ’87

presented to one outstanding individual who, although not a graduate of Northwestern University, greatly enhances the University through his or her professional accomplishments, commitment, and service:

John A. Canning Jr.

for making a significant impact in his or her profession and/or community at large by the age of 35 (as of date of the event, April 25, 2015):

Karen Russell ’03