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Top Dog 2021


We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who submitted a Top Dog nomination.

Every year, we receive nominations from alumni, faculty, staff, deans and members of the community. This year, there were over 120 candidates. The Top Dog selection process begins with the review of all nominations by deans and University leadership who then select final candidates to be reviewed by the Top Dog Selection Committee. The Top Dog Selection Committee is responsible for making final selections.

We appreciate the time and effort those involved dedicate to helping recognize our alumni.

Top Dog Alumni Awards 2022 Nominations open early August 2021

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to nominate your Top Dog!

Top Dog Award Categories and Criteria

The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award has been established to recognize individuals that have distinguished themselves in their post-collegiate career on a national or international level. It is the highest honor given to an alumna/us of the University.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient will be selected from the pool of the Outstanding Alumni nominees and must be a confirmed graduate of the University.

The Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes Fresno State alumni for outstanding accomplishments in their field(s) and to present such alumni to Fresno State students and alumni as examples of exceptional achievement. Each school/college and area included in the nomination packet is awarded one Outstanding Alumni Award.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominees* shall have completed 30 units of coursework.
  • The nominee should demonstrate leadership and service to their profession, the community, and society at-large.
  • The nominee should have a record of distinction and accomplishment in their field.
  • The recipient or a family member must be able to attend the awards ceremony.

The Arthur Safstrom Service Award

The Arthur Safstrom Service Award honors an alumna/s, faculty, staff or friend of California State University, Fresno, who has given outstanding service to the Fresno State Alumni Association and/or the University.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominees for the Arthur Safstrom Service Award shall be alumni, faculty, staff* or friends of California State University, Fresno.
  • Service to the Fresno State Alumni Association and/or the University will be the prime factor of award eligibility.
  • The recipient or a family member must be able to attend the awards ceremony.