The Pittsburg State University Alumni Association established the Outstanding Alumni Award (then called Outstanding Young Alumni Award) in 1972 and presented the first awards later that year at Homecoming. In 2006 the award was renamed in honor of Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman, Alumni Director Emeritus.
The Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award seeks to recognize individuals who have demonstrated significant professional growth and advancement since the completion of their degree or last credit hours. Specific criteria which reflect the emphasis of study and/or their chosen area of work will be used by each department, college, or school and Awards Committee in evaluating candidates. The candidate's participation and leadership in civic and professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels, will also be considered by the Awards Committee in selecting the recipients.
Candidates must have earned their last credit hours or degree from Pittsburg State University at least ten years prior to their nomination and/or be at least thirty-five years old. Individuals who graduated 25 years ago or longer are not eligible for this award and must be nominated for the Meritorious Achievement Award. If they are initially placed in the Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni nominee pool and during their time in the pool, their graduation year rolls over to 25 years prior, they will automatically be moved into the Meritorious Achievement Award pool. Because of exceptional accomplishments by an alumnus, the Awards Committee may deem it appropriate to present this award to an individual before the minimum age or time elapsed from school has been reached. All recipients should exemplify the highest personal and professional standards. Finalists must be available to return to campus at Homecoming or at a time designated by the Awards Committee to receive the award.
Completed applications received at the Wilkinson Alumni Center before December 1st will be considered for the next presentation of the award.
An alumnus who holds any elected State of Kansas office is not eligible as long as he or she holds the office.
DR. KENNETH K. BATEMAN OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD NOMINATION FORM (Word Document)