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Outstanding Louisian Alumni Awards

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Main Objective

Outstanding Alumni Awards

The Search for Outstanding Alumni aims to recognize and reinforce alumni contributions to their respective fields, related programs, affiliations and projects in both local and international communities.

Saint Louis University believes in the invaluable role of alumni in promoting a better world.  For one, with proven competencies and excellent work ethic, Lousian alumni become effective catalysts of social development. Recognized in various workplaces in the world for their remarkable attitude of bringing their skills and talents at the service of what is beneficial for the organization as a whole and for those in need of assistance, Louisian alumni reflect the missionary character of SLU education.”



The search shall comprise five (5) main categories that are anchored on the Core Values of Saint Louis University and that of its Founder Fr. Theophile Verbist, CICM.

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  • COMPETENCE is described as the ability to do something successfully or efficiently. This award shall encompass a qualified alumni’s state of having sufficient knowledge, judgment, skill, or strength in their profession. Their capability to apply or use these sets of related knowledge, skills, and abilities for the successful performance of 'critical work functions' or tasks shall be considered. The nominated alumna/alumnus therefore:

  • Holds a diploma under the industry s/he is currently engaged with or has retired from.

  • Has been in active service in the industry for a minimum of 10 years.

  • Has received extensive and additional training in the field.

  • Currently holds a top management position in the industry for at least 5 years.

  • Has established credibility in terms of affiliations and membership in related organization/s.

  • Must have been merited by a private/local/international award giving body for excellence in the field or whose works have been featured in a public periodical, credible website/news program or other platforms.

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  • CREATIVITY is defined as the talent to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that can be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining others especially for novel, varied, and complex stimulation. It is the need to communicate ideas, values and to solve problems. The alumna/alumnus is currently or previously involved in endeavors that promote improvement in the programs of their respective fields, such as but not limited to Research and Development (R&D), artistic craftsmanship, or having spearheaded/pioneered projects that support technologies/practices for the advancement of business, field, or professional processes. The nominated alumna/alumnus therefore:

  • Holds a diploma in the SLU undergraduate or graduate programs.

  • Has been in the creative or innovation industry for at least 5 years.

  • Has demonstrated exceptional talents in creating effective processes and methods to solve problems or his/her works have value to the cognitive demands of the situation and have a positive impact on the community in general.

  • Has produced work/s duly recognized by credible award-giving bodies.

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Christian Spirit

  • CHRISTIAN SPIRIT is defined as the experience of consciously striving to integrate one’s life without isolation and self-absorption with self-transcendence toward the ultimate value that the alumna/alumnus upholds. It is a behavior and encounter toward more healthy relationships with oneself, other people, and God. It is the conscious human response to God that is both personal and ecclesial. The alumna/alumnus must be in good moral standing and live an inspirational life as reflected in his/her career, family, religious and personal life, respectively. The nominated alumna/alumnus therefore:

  • Actively participates in a Christian church or organization with a minimum service of 10 years.

  • Currently holds a a leadership role providing support and encouragement in the service of the Christian community.   

  • Has served in a community mission for at least one (1) year.

  • Must have not been involved in any controversy and/or immoral undertakings that may compromise his/her overall moral character and has not been involved in any legal or civil disputes within the past 10 years.

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Social Involvement

  • SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT is referred to one's degree of participation in a community or society by promoting sustainable decisions through recognizing and communicating the needs and interests of all participants including decision makers. This increases acceptance of decisions and community commitment to outcomes as local knowledge from diverse groups shapes and creates inclusive, effective solutions. The alumna/alumnus must be an advocate of social and community development through public/charity works or contributions through published works like thesis/dissertation, regular contributions in credible publications, or book/magazines or anything similar. The nominated alumna/alumnus therefore:

  • Must be actively engaging with, volunteering for, demonstrating qualities of compassion, and service or donating to local schools, neighborhood associations, government, and/or nonprofit organizations (NGOs) for at least ten (10) years.

  • Must have continued/sustained excellent career performance making significant contributions to the field of expertise/project/endeavor/cause.

  • Must enlist at least five (5) the charitable activities/events or service where any monetary or personal benefits have been received in return of his/her involvement.

Theophile Verbist Lifetime Achievement Award

Fr. Theophile Verbist, CICM, was an inspiring man who made a significant difference in the lives of Christians. Fr. Verbist was so dedicated that he did not mind the heat, the exhaustion and hunger as he spread the word of God. He led missionary activities in Asia, a region which was not accepting of Christianity in the beginning. As the founder of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM), the CICM has been guided by the principle Cor Unum et Anima Una (One Heart and one Soul) in all its missionary work. An alumna/alumnus who embodies the work ethic and virtue of Theophile Verbist is a testament of paying honor and tribute to the SLU missionary spirit. The nominated alumna/alumnus therefore:

  1. Must have at least 10 years of documented accomplishments with significant impact on a large number of individuals and organizations.

  2. Must have made significant contributions for the Alumni, Students, School and Community of Saint Louis University. The contribution, which should address both social and environmental dimensions of sustainability, may be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:

    • Programs and Projects: The individual designed or implemented one or more high-impact programs or projects that have been beneficial to a wide community. 

    • Products: The individual has developed influential tools, models, frameworks or other products used to advance sustainability or improved livelihood.

    • Conference Presentations and Publications: The individual has made meaningful contributions to the body of knowledge on higher education through conference presentations, published articles, books, etc.

    • Service and Mentorship: The individual has contributed substantial time and expertise to help build the campus sustainability community (e.g., by leading campus sustainability-focused organizations or networks, serving on relevant boards or committees, and/or mentoring others).

  3. Must embody the four (4) core Louisian Values by displaying the following:

    • Competence - s/he has held a top management position in his/her field of expertise.

    • Creativity - s/he has made a contribution to the industry s/he belongs to.

    • Christian Spirit - s/he is an active and current member of the Christian Community.

    • Social Involvement - s/he is an active and involved member of a related community organization.

Selection Details

Eligibility for Nomination

  1. Must have completed a Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctoral Degree Program in Saint Louis University

  2. Must have completed their program of study from the years 1959 to 1973, in celebration of the batches covered in the first 50 years of SLU as an institution

  3. Must have been issued a Certificate of Good Moral Character by the SLU Office of Student Affairs (OSA)

Process of Nomination

  1. The call for nominations for Outstanding Alumni shall be announced via the Rambakan 2024 Official FB Page and other social media accounts.

  2. The nominator must not be affiliated to the nominated alumna/alumnus via sanguinity.

  3. Duration of nomination shall be from September 1 to November 1, 2023.

  4. A Google Link shall be provided in the announcement that leads to the Nomination Form, which must be fully completed by the nominator including the necessary attachments as follows:

Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the Nominee

2x2 Electronic Photo of the Nominee

Work/Project Portfolio of the Nominee

Three (3) Reference Letters from professional peers/colleagues or former/current co-workers to vouch for the Nominee’s Merits

Selection Process

  1. The Outstanding Alumni Awards Committee shall conduct the preliminary screening to determine eligible nominees based on the Eligibility Criteria and the completeness of the submitted documents.

  2. The Selection Committee, headed by the Alumni Association President, convenes to evaluate eligible recipient/s of the Outstanding Alumni Awards upon receiving the documents from the Awards Committee. The Selection Committee must be able to pinpoint one recipient for the awarded categories after the selection process.

  3. The Selection Committee shall be comprised of the following individuals:

Alumni Association President

Alumni Association Vice President

Alumni Associations Board of Director

SLU Vice President for Administration

SLU Vice President for Academic Affairs

SLU External Relations, Media & Communications and Alumni Affairs Director

SLU School Deans


Criteria for Evaluation

  • The degree to which the services/ actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on the community (40%)

  • The length and degree of service(s) (20%)

  • The extent to which the service or action might be considered above and beyond the call of duty (20%)

  • The extent to which the service or action would be recognized and valued by their peers/community leaders or members (20%)

Text for Plaque

A Plaque of Recognition shall be awarded to the Outstanding Alumni which shall bear the following text:

This Theophile Verbist Lifetime Achievement Award* is proudly presented to _____________________________

For his/her invaluable role as a Louisian alumna/alumnus with proven competencies and excellent work ethic in becoming an effective catalyst of social development reflecting the missionary character of Saint Louis University education.

*Interchangeable with the other awards


  1. Awardees will be notified by the SLU Office of Global Relations and Alumni Affairs Coordinator.

  2. Awardees shall be notified one (1) month before the formal awarding ceremonies.

  3. Promotional and other marketing materials will be created.

  4. Talks/PR will be arranged if any.


The decision of the Selection Committee shall be deemed as final. 

Review and Update

  1. Debriefing, post-evaluation and review for and by the Outstanding Alumni Awards Committee shall be conducted on a regular basis.

  2. Qualified nominees not awarded in 2024 may resubmit their Nomination Bids for up to two (2) consecutive years of not receiving an award.

Selection Details
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