The mission of the Alumni Association of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College shall be to support the Rio mission by developing and maintaining strong, lifelong relationships between the alumni body and Rio. 

Staying Connected

Think life at Rio ended when you graduated?  We hope not!  The Rio Grande Alumni Association is committed to keeping you connected to your friends and to your alma mater. As alumni you deserve to have easy access to all the information about Rio!  Please help us keep you informed on news and events, specifically designed for you.

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Featured Alumni

Our alums are doing great things! We created this ‘Featured Alumni’ page because we think it is very important for current and potential University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College students to hear from those who have graduated!

Nathan Richard

Nathan Richard

Bryan Minear

Bryan Minear

Angelo Forte

Angelo Forte

Jessica Malone

Jessica Malone

Maya Carter

Maya Carter

Awards & Recognition

After graduation, Rio alumni head out into the world to make a difference — in their fields, in their communities and in the lives of others. The University is pleased to honor their achievements with a variety of awards.

Deadline for all awards is Feb. 1 of each year.


2019 Alumni Awards


Created in 1967, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the University bestows upon a graduate. This award has been presented to the most prestigious graduates of Rio Grande for their professional achievements, contributions to society, and support of the University.

Former Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

1967                            Tong Won Lee

1971                            Melbra Thornton

1972                            John Willard Lewis

1973                            Donald Farrar

1974                            Thomas Helms

1975                            William Williams

1976                            Emanuel Eni

1977                            Pauline Lindley Wallace

1978                            John Hoyt

1979                            John Evans

1981                            Gaines Clements

1983                            Ronald Glover

1986                            Smith Runyan

1987                            Richard Northup

1988                            Stephen Towler

1989                            John Merrill Weed

1990                            William Grant

1991                            Gilbert McNeal

1992                            Keith Molihan

1993                            Richard Munyon

1995                            Donald Cox

1996                            Robert Lawson

1997                            Doris Rhea Coy

1998                            Joseph McKay

2005                            Jeffrey Robb

2008                            Mark Coe

2011                            Peggy Anderson

2012                            Steve Gilmore

2017                            Patrick Young


This award, established in 1967, is given for meritorious service to the University or to the Alumni Association. Achievements of individuals working on behalf of the University through service in alumni programs, advisory committees, or through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution.

Former Alumni Award Recipients

1967                            J. Boyd Davis

1968                            William Hollis Ewing

1968                            Marie Fowler Richards

1970                            Ina Alban

1971                            Elton Savage

1972                            Pearl Waddell Northup

1973                            Roy Moses

1974                            J. Newton Oliver

1975                            Eugenia Ferguson Gardner

1975                            Ernest Miller

1976                            Frank Dixon “Dick” Hyland

1977                            J. Sherman Porter

1978                            Margaret Thomas

1979                            Charles A. Weed

1979                            Kurt Williams

1980                            Howard Blanchard

1980                            Carrie Hutchinson North Dale

1981                            Jim Burnette

1981                            C. Robert Leith

1982                            Daniel Fulks

1983                            Jack Hagar

1984                            Susan Hagar

1985                            Jim Bitonte

1986                            Diana Carsey Kinder

1987                            David Cole

1990                            Marshall Kimmel

1992                            Judy Burdell

1995                            Jane Peterson

1997                            Andrew Drukker

1997                            David W. Smith

2000                            Jacob Bapst

2005                            Jack Finch

2007                            Larry Guglielmi

2008                            Roy Moses

2009                            Hope Keller

2010                            Patty Forgey

2017                            Leonard Longo


Established in 1970, this award is presented to alumni for personal achievement reflecting credit upon the University, including professional or civic accomplishments, and who have an interest in promoting the ideals and objectives of the institution.

Former Atwood Achivement Award Recipients

1970                            William McDonald

1971                            William Hollis Ewing

1972                            Thomas Brown

1973                            Betsy Field

1974                            Floyd Beman

1974                            Oyer Saunders

1975                            Carl Bennett

1975                            Emily Foster Leedy

1976                            Harry Fritz

1977                            Donald Garret

1978                            Carl Meadows

1980                            Harold Yinger

1981                            Robert Jenkins

1982                            Helen Jones Mayton

1983                            Susan Burnside Hagar

1985                            John Lawhorn

1986                            Fred Deel

1987                            Pamela Black Matura

1988                            Laura “Betty” Kratz

1989                            Roger D. Williams

1990                            Lawrence Landaker

1991                            Ronald Adkins

1992                            Ralph Taylor

1993                            Jane Johnson

1995                            William Morgan

1996                            Sherman Blagg

1997                            Jack Payton

1998                            Michael D. Francis

2001                            Deborah Chapman Biggs

2001                            Teresa Snider-Boring

2003                            Kimberly Flaugher Flasher

2004                            James G. Bernbeck

2007                            Chad Lambert

2008                            Stacie Hutton

2009                            Franklin Bullock

2017                            C. Michael Reardon


Created in 2019, the Rising Star Award recognizes professional achievement or creative leadership in any field by alumni aged 40 or younger. The award honors those recent graduates whose achievements in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University, and real benefit to their communities.

Former Faculty Citation Award Recipients

1967                            Robert Ewing

1968                            Clara Poston

1969                            Frances Burdell

1970                            Zelma Northcutt

1971                            Luther Tracy

1974                            Jean Lloyd Cooper

1975                            Alphus Christensen

1976                            Arthur Lanham

1977                            Loredith Lowe

1978                            Ben Forshey

1979                            Charles Withee

1979                            Ruth Thomas

1981                            Dean Brown

1982                            Everett Hall, Jr.

1982                            Herman Koby

1982                            H. Paul Lloyd

1983                            Arlen Owens

1982                            Ronald Tucceri

1983                            Bernard Murphy

1985                            Margaret Thomas

1987                            Larry Spees

1988                            Thomas Osborne

1989                            Linda Bauer

1990                            Edward Sofranko

1992                            T. Michael Rhodes

1993                            Ruth Thomas

1995                            Ruth George

1996                            Raymond Matura

2003                            Robert Willey

2004                            Barry Thompson

2008                            Anthony Daniels

2017                            Rebecca Long

2017                            Carolyn Berry

Former Citation of Appreciation Award Recipients

1969                            Cora Williams Baker
1969                            Mary Lewis
1970                            Fred Bouic
1970                            Francis Shane
1972                            John Stiffler
1973                            Merlyn Ross
1974                            Irene Mossman Brannon
1975                            Robert L. Evans
1976                            Joseph Bitonte
1978                            Esther Rimmel
1979                            Patty Forgey
1980                            Wilma Fogelsong
1983                            Ivan Tribe
1984                            Catherine Clark Eich
1984                            Loredith Lowe
1985                            Athena
1986                            Atwood Heritage Club
1986                            Michael Burcham
1986                            H. Paul Lloyd
1987                            Jack Hagar
1988                            Ann McCarrell
1988                            Roger S. Williams
1989                            Bess Evans Grace
1990                            Doris Ross
1991                            Mildred Bangert
1991                            Mabel Mohler
1993                            Ruth Cook
1993                            Robert S. Wood
2002                            Alumni Memorial Bell Tower Committee
2003                            Abby Gail Goodnite
2004                            Martha Streich Crowder
2007                            Christopher DeBow
2008                            Fraternal Order of Archon Alumni Association
*No longer have award


Southwest Ohio

Southeast Ohio

Southeast Ohio (Marietta)
Karen Pawloski ’86 

Central Ohio

Central Ohio (Columbus)
Lori Tillis ’81

South Central Ohio

South Central Ohio (Chillicothe)
Chris Gray ’12

Northwest Ohio

Northwest Ohio (Sandusky)
Andrew Betschman ’09

Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio (Cleveland)
Lucretia Scalia ’89

Ashland, KY Area

Ashland, KY Area
Stephen Gilmore ’65

If your state/area is not one of the above, contact our Alumni Director to see what can be done in your area!

Alumni Newsletter

Our newsletter is delivered to your inbox every month! Sign up below to get the latest in Rio Alumni news.

Don’t have email? No problem. Call our office to be put on our snail mail list and you will receive a Quarterly Newsletter, filled with months of information from our office. This mailing will go out in the months of February, May, August, and November of this year.

Have news you wish to share in our Newsletter? Submit your Class Notes!


Volunteer Group

Would you like to be a guest speaker on our campus? What about help plan an Alumni function? Or maybe you want to help us engage through social media? You may even find yourself wanting to give back to the University of Rio Grande through your time, talents, and special skillsets. If so, then we are looking for you!

The University of Rio Grande Alumni Association currently looking for ways our alumni (you) can engage with current students and the University on a more personal level.

Below we have posted several volunteer positions we are seeking and a job description of each. If you feel you meet these qualifications, and would like to apply for a volunteer position, please submit a resume and cover letter, and send to Delyssa Edwards, Director of Alumni Relations – dedwards@rio.edu


Job Description – This encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities including resume development, job interview skills, mentoring, counseling, proof reading, and providing informal learning opportunities to students


Job Description – We are searching for those individuals who would like to speak to a classroom or group of students. Share your expertise in your field or on a topic. Work with faculty on creating a classroom session, or sched


Job Description – We are looking for volunteers ready to promote the University through social media outlets. We need those willing to share our posts on their personal/professional pages to create more online engagement for our former and current students


Job Description – Help us manage a project such as a meeting, class reunion, ceremony or other campus activities. Also looking for those willing to be in charge of off campus alumni activities in their current area


Job Description – Participate in several of our campus events to promote philanthropy giving within our Alumni Association. Event participation would be encouraged for #GivingTuesday, our annual Phonathon, and possible Thank-a-thon.

The Alumni Association

All students of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College become members of the Alumni
Association automatically and immediately upon their graduation from Rio Grande. Students who have attended Rio Grande
and successfully completed academically one quarter or semester of coursework may enter the Association by making this
request to the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Association attempts to promote the welfare of the institution, and the perpetuation of friendships and relationships
formed among its members, while at school and after graduation. The Association welcomes all graduates, former students,
and other friends of the University at its events and functions.

Greek Alumni Contacts

Alpha Chi Nu
Alpha Sigma Phi

Carel Tornes

Delta Theta
Tau Kappa Epsilon

JP Davis

Alpha Eta Omega
Alpha Delta Epsilon
Lambda Omicron Psi

Kassandra Mosher

Zeta Alpha Rho
Alpha Mu Beta

Heather Stultz

Chi Omega Alpha
Pi Sigma

Eric Montgomery

Zeta Theta Chi

Student Alumni Association


The Student Alumni Association (SAA) membership is available to all current Rio students. The SAA is a student organization on campus that enhances the student experience.

Membership provides valuable benefits, services, and opportunities for students to interact with Rio alumni – all while having a whole lot of fun. SAA membership is a precursor to a future Rio Grande Alumni Association membership.


We are currently seeking students who are interested in being involved on campus through the Alumni Office, located in the Berry Center. Applicants should be dependable, self-motivated, adaptable, willing to learn, and eager to network with their fellow students and alumni. An application is required, and interviews may be conducted by the Office of Institutional Advancement. There is no fee to become a member.


In addition to networking, as a SAA member you will have numerous opportunities to work alongside the Alumni Council on several events throughout the year including Alumni Awards, Alumni/Student Mixer, Commencement Breakfast, Homecoming, and more! You will be recognized at each as a SAA member.

You will be a staple on campus and work within the organization to recruit new membership, keep history and tradition alive on campus, and network through philanthropy opportunities and events.



Alumni Relations is located in the Berry Center on the University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College campus.

Business hours: 8-5 Monday – Friday
Primary Contact: alumni@rio.edu

Berry Center

Berry Center 

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