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WAA: Alumni Awards 2023 Nominations Communications Toolkit


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Last Updated: November 02, 2022

Summary

WAA would love your help spreading the word about award nominations so that we can amass a pool of high-quality nominees who inspire Badger pride and highlight UW–Madison’s tradition of excellence.


2023 Alumni Awards

The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) annually recognizes alumni who exemplify the Wisconsin Idea, enhancing the positive influence of the university on campus as well as beyond its borders.

Alumni Award Nominations for 2023 are open November 1, 2022, through January 6, 2023, at uwalumni.com/awards. Honorees will be announced in summer 2023. Please consider nominating alumni from your school or college who meet the criteria for one or more of the award categories below:

  • The Distinguished Alumni Award is WAA’s highest honor. It celebrates UW–Madison graduates for their professional achievements, contributions to society, and support of the university over the course of their career or lifetime. Past recipients include former Wisconsin senator Herb Kohl ’56, actor André De Shields ’70, and brain researcher Ann McKee ’75.
  • The Luminary Award recognizes alumni within 30 years of graduation who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their professions or in the areas of service and philanthropy.
  • The Forward Award acknowledges rising stars in various fields within 15 years of graduation who exemplify the Wisconsin Idea through an emphasis on service, discovery, and progress.

Please share widely with your faculty and staff, graduates of your school or college, and anyone else who might be interested in honoring UW–Madison graduates. Help spread the word by promoting nomination information in your publications, emails, website, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) using the handle @WisAlumni and #WisAlumni.

Sample Communications

SAMPLE PUBLICATION NOMINATIONS COPY:

The Wisconsin Alumni Association® is accepting nominations for its annual alumni awards from November 1, 2022, through January 6, 2023, at uwalumni.com/awards. Please consider nominating outstanding UW–Madison graduates for Distinguished Alumni, Forward, or Luminary Awards.

SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS AND IMAGES

General Awards Post:

Alumni Awards 2023 - Nominate a Badger Today!

Know any [insert school or college tag here] alumni who deserve to be honored by their alma mater for exceptional career and community-service achievements? The 2023 Wisconsin Alumni Association alumni awards nominations are now open. Visit uwalumni.com/awards and complete the nomination form by January 6, 2023. #WisAlumni

Distinguished Alumni Award Post:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Know any [insert school or college tag here] alumni who deserve a Distinguished Alumni Award — the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s highest honor — for outstanding lifetime achievements? The 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award nominations are now open. Visit uwalumni.com/awards and complete the nomination form by January 6, 2023. #WisAlumni

Luminary Award Post:

Luminary Award

Know any [insert school or college tag here] alumni within 30 years of graduation who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their professions — and/or in service and philanthropy? Nominate them for a Wisconsin Alumni Association Luminary Award. Visit uwalumni.com/awards and complete the nomination form by January 6, 2023. #WisAlumni

Forward Award Post:

Forward Award

Know any [insert school or college tag here] alumni within 15 years of graduation who deserve to be honored by their alma mater? Nominate them for a 2023 Wisconsin Alumni Association Forward Award, which acknowledges rising stars who exemplify the Wisconsin Idea. Visit uwalumni.com/awards and fill out the nomination form by January 6, 2023. #WisAlumni

IMPORTANT URLS:

Wisconsin Alumni Association Awards Program:
uwalumni.com/awards

Distinguished Service Award:
uwalumni.com/about/alumni-awards/distinguished-service-award

Luminary Award:
uwalumni.com/about/alumni-awards/luminary-award

Forward Award:
uwalumni.com/about/alumni-awards/forward-award

Nomination form:
uwalumni.com/about/alumni-awards/nomination-form

Digital assets available to download:
go.wisc.edu/waa2023awards

General Wisconsin Alumni Association media resources and logos:
uwalumni.com/about/for-news-media

CONTACT INFORMATION

Andrea Berns
Senior Administrative Program Manager
608-308-5172, andrea.berns@supportuw.org

COMMUNICATIONS TIMELINE

Emails:

  • November 1 — Nominations Open General Email
  • November 10 — Digital Badger Insider
  • December 15 — Digital Badger Insider
  • December 28 — Badger Vibes

Social Media and Ads:

  • WAA organic posts and ads — November 1–January 6
  • Inside UW Ads — November 3 and December 1