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Celebrating the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards and Gala

The university honored six accomplished Boise State alumni at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala in the fall and at the Homecoming football game on Oct. 2.

“Every year we have the opportunity to acknowledge Boise State alumni who truly deserve these awards,” said Lisa Gardner, executive director of the Boise State Alumni Association. “Each of these recipients demonstrates loyalty, passion, innovation and service in their respective careers, in their communities, and as members of the Bronco family.”

Distinguished Alumni Awards

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    Danielle Bennion

    CEO and founder, Preventative Health

    radiologic science, 1993
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    Soñia Galaviz

    teacher, Garfield Elementary School

    elementary education, bilingual/ESL, 2002; master’s in education, curriculum and instruction, 2005; doctorate in curriculum and instruction, 2020
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    Zach Higgins

    owner, Wright Brothers – The Building Company

    construction management, 2009
  • Jim Martin

    partner at Hawley Troxell

    criminal justice, 1987; juris doctorate, University of Idaho, 1990
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    Brent Moylan

    senior vice president and CFO, J.R. Simplot Company

    accounting, 1984

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

  • Tamara Thompson

    partner and director of client services at The Land Group, Inc., Boise State Alumni Association Board of Directors

    construction management, 1992

Celebrating Dedicated Broncos

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumna/alumnus.

Every year, the Alumni Association honors excellence by bestowing a number of awards to alumni with outstanding achievements. These individuals exemplify the loyalty, passion and innovation found in all dedicated Broncos. Honorees are recognized at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala the night before Homecoming.

Learn more about alumni awards