Each year SMSU recognizes alumni and friends who have made significant contributions of time, talent or financial contributions to help advance and bring positive recognition to Southwest Minnesota State University.


This award is presented to a graduate in recognition of their remarkable professional success and the positive reflection made on the reputation of all graduates of SMSU.  

The 2021 recipients are:

Michael "Dexter" Cooley
Erin (Mork) Frederiksen
Todd Werpy

View our past Alumni Achievement Members here!


GOLD (Graduate of Last Decade) AWARD
This award is presented to a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University. The GOLD Award is to recognize recent graduates with exceptional achievement and significant contribution to the recipient's profession or community/society or university. The graduate must have graduated in the past ten years.

The 2021 award winner is:

Lauren (Teal) Squires

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This award is presented to an individual or couple who are not an SMSU graduate but give their time, talents, and enthusiasm as if they were.

The 2021 award winner is:

Gary Frandson

View our past Honorary Lifetime Members here!