The College of Liberal Arts and Science's Distinguished Awards are presented to outstanding members of the College community who are celebrated for their major positive contributions to the college and its reputation for excellence. They were established following the College's fiftieth anniversary.
Each year, a wide range of nominations are submitted by students, alumni, staff, faculty, and friends of the College. Nomination materials are evaulated by a selection committee comprised of alumni, faculty, and staff who are appointed by Dean McCord.
All Awardees are invited to the NIU campus during homecoming weekend, where they receive their awards at an annual celebration held in Altgeld Hall.