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Alumni - Award of Professional Excellence






Pre – 2008

*Graduates with asterisks in front of their names have also received the Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus Award in the past. Future recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award will be chosen from the recipients of the Award of Professional Excellence.

Background and Need:
The University of Maine’s Forestry and Wildlife Alumni Association and the Department of Wildlife Ecology currently present one award per year, the Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus. This award is given for extraordinary, long-term, contributions to the wildlife profession and wildlife conservation. Persons receiving this award usually speak at the spring forestry/wildlife dinner held in the springtime, and honorees’ names are engraved on a plaque that resides in Nutting Hall. This award dates back to 1978, and the list of potential recipients far exceeds the rate at which this award is presented.

Given that the Wildlife Program at the University of Maine has been in existence since 1936 (with the formation of the Maine Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit), and that many accomplished professional from this program are not receiving the recognition they deserves, the Department of Wildlife Ecology has decided to initiate a second award, an Award of Professional Excellence.

The Award of Professional Excellence would be from the Department of Wildlife Ecology to recognize years of service to the profession by our former students both graduate and undergraduate. The University of Maine’s Wildlife Program (i.e., Department of Wildlife Ecology and the Maine Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit) realizes that significant numbers of students graduating from this Program that have served their profession long and well, and by doing so have honored themselves and the Program. The numbers of individuals deserving of recognition far exceed the one award per year that has been tradition. Thus, there is a need for another form of recognition, one that honors multiple people in a year.

Procedure and Criteria:
The Wildlife Alumnus Committee, consisting of graduates of the University of Maine’s Wildlife Program (including some former recipients of the Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus Award) and faculty, will review a list of graduates and recommend a set of candidates to receive the Award of Professional Excellence. Recommendations will be based on outstanding and long-term contributions to the wildlife profession, including aquatic sciences, conservation biology, fisheries, wildlife ecology, and natural resource management.

These recommendations will go to the Wildlife faculty for final approval. The Department Chair will forward a certificate of recognition to each awardee and post his/her name on the “Registry of Professional Excellence of University of Maine Wildlife Graduates” on the Department of Wildlife Ecology’s web site. This registry would include the recipient’s name and date(s) of degree (s) from the University of Maine as well as a brief statement of their achievements. Recipients of the Award of Professional Excellence will be the pool from which the recipient of the Distinguished Wildlife Alumnus Award will be selected. In general, the latter award will focus on persons in the middle of their career (except for the initial recipients, given an obvious backlog) whereas the Distinguished Wildlife Alumni Award is focused on persons toward the end of their career.

How can you nominate someone?:
Please submit your candidate’s name, with the date they graduated and the degree they received, along with a list of achievements and/or copies of resume’s, newspaper articles, journal articles, other awards received, etc. Information can be emailed to or mailed to Alumni Committee, Department of Wildlife Ecology, 5755 Nutting Hall – Room 210, Orono, ME 04469.

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Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 210
Orono, Maine 04469-5755
Phone: (207) 581-2862 | Fax: (207) 581-2858 E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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