Alumni Awards

Columbia Nursing honors individuals who contribute to or promote the profession of nursing. Individuals can be nominated for one of several Distinguished Alumni Awards or an Early Career Alumni Award. Award recipients are selected annually, recognized at Alumni Reunion, and honored at the Alumni Awards Ceremony.

Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA)


The Distinguished Alumni Award honors primarily nurse alumni who have demonstrated excellence in nursing practice, nursing research, health policy, nursing education, or nursing administration; or have provided exemplary service to humanity; or have a distinguished career in nursing. Non-alumni or oganizations that have made significant contributions to the alumni, School of Nursing, and/or nursing profession may also be considered for an Honorary Distinguished Alumni Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award Categories:

  • Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Research
  • Health Policy
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Administration
  • Neighbors Humanitarian
  • In Memoriam for Lifetime Achievement
  • Honorary
  • Distinguished Career in Nursing

Criteria for the Distinguished Alumni Award

Early Career Alumni Award (ECAA)


The Early Career Alumni Award recognizes a nursing alumnus who has exhibited excellence as an emerging nurse leader.

Early Career Alumni Award Category:

  • Emerging Nurse Leader

Criteria for the Early Career Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee


Maureen Murphy-Ruocco, MS '80

Ann-Margaret Navarra, PhD '11


Susan Krienke Chase, BS '72

Susan Green Cooksey, BS '68

Elizabeth Cooper, MS '71

Rachel Lyons, DNP '07 

Stephanie Wright, BS '65 

Olivia Velez, PhD '11