Distinguished Alumnus Award
A Distinguished Alumnus is a graduate (or group of alumni) who has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: Leadership • Innovation • Service • Professional or Personal Accomplishments
Nominations should include the following information:
In what ways has the nominee uniquely demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation, service, professional, or personal accomplishments?
How does the nominee mirror the School District’s values: Start with heart, strength in team, and contagious drive?
2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Kent Beittel '65
Kent Beittel '65 was the first and only director of The Open Shelter, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation that serves the homeless in Columbus. For nearly 36 years the shelter has provided shelter, meals, medical services, clothing and other services to hundreds of thousands of persons in need. His dedication to service, advocacy and fundraising has not been an easy path, and Kent has overcome many obstacles over the years including social service bureaucracies and funding challenges. But he has always been adamant about accepting everyone, no questions asked. The UAAA is proud to present the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award to Kent.
2020 Distinguished Alumni Award
All UA Alumni Essential Workers
The UAAA is honored to name ALL UAHS Alumni essential workers as 2020 Distinguished Alumni! Essential workers are the people that are risking their lives so we can stay safe, fed and operating as close to "normal" as possible during the pandemic. Many of our UA alumni are on the front line and should be recognized for their leadership, innovation, service and professionalism as they battle COVID-19.