The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Meet the accomplished recipients of this year's prestigious awards and join us in celebrating the 2021 winners at the virtual Alumni Awards Celebration on Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m. EDT!

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Portrait of Sally Rockey PhD

Sally Rockey, PhD

Alumni Medalist Award
Sally Rockey ’80, ’82, ’85 PhD has made it her life’s work to create an environment where the best science can flourish and make a positive difference in people’s lives.
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Portrait of Jane Jacquemin-Clark

Jane Jacquemin-Clark

Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award
For those who have received a cancer diagnosis and must travel to obtain lifesaving treatment, the costs can seem insurmountable. Jane Jacquemin-Clark ’83 wanted to do something to help patients and their families.
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Portrait of Scott Gale

Scott Gale

Ralph Davenport Mershon Award
Scott Gale ’90 always knew he wanted a career in government and at first believed he should attend college in Washington, D.C. Finding Ohio State spurred his passion: mentoring prospective and current Buckeye students.
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Portrait of Kunal Parikh

Kunal Parikh

William Oxley Thompson Alumni Award
At just 31, Kunal Parikh ’12 is a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, founder of the Global Institute for Vision Equity and co-founder of the Social Innovation Lab in Baltimore.
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female medical staff member giving a shot to a male patient

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Frontline Workers

E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award
Elizabeth Seely ’90, chief administrative officer at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, couldn’t be prouder of the frontline workers’ response to the pandemic.
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Portrait of Heather Hampel

Heather Hampel

Archie M. Griffin Professional Achievement Award
Inspired by the loss of a close relative to cancer and motivated by a lifelong fascination with genetics, Heather Hampel ’93 has made it her life’s work to help cancer patients and their families.
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Portrait of Lisa Coleman

Lisa Coleman

Diversity Champion Award
Wherever she goes, Lisa Coleman ’94 seeks to create a sense of belonging. She’s known for opening the doors to education.
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Portrait of David Emerling

David Emerling

Dan L. Heinlen Award
Those who know David Emerling ’81 say he has a superpower: recruiting alumni to join and lead the Alumni Club of Detroit.
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Portrait of Suzanne Scharer

Suzanne Scharer

Josephine Sitterle Failer Award
Mentor, coach, guide. That’s how people describe Suzanne Scharer ’06, who has helped hundreds of students and alumni.
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