The SIU Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes SIU Carbondale alumni who have achieved success and recognition since their graduation. Former recipients include leaders in the business industry, famous actors, and world-class athletes. Pictures and biographies of the selected alumni are located on the first floor of the SIU Rec Center in the Alumni Lounge. We want to congratulate all alumni who have been recognized and thank the many others who bring prestige and recognition to SIU every day.
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2015 Distinguished Alumni
Career Achievement Award: Frederick W. Unverzagt
’82, M.A. ’86, Ph.D. ’91 Psychology
Unverzagt is Professor of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine where he is Training Director for the Clinical Neuropsychology Residency. He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University, internship at Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, and residency (clinical neuropsychology) at Medical College of Wisconsin. Unverzagt’s research and clinical service focuses on assessment of memory loss and cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative disease and breast cancer; he has developed cognitive assessments for cross-cultural studies in Nigeria, Kenya, Jamaica, and China. He serves on the editorial board of Neuropsychology and Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and is reviewer for 20 journals. He has been a reviewer for NIH study sections and an invited speaker at the 2010 NIH State-of-the-Science Conference on Preventing of Alzheimer’s Disease and at Alzheimer’s Association Research Roundtables.
Humanitarian Efforts Award: Pamela K. Pfeffer
Pfeffer has a deep legacy to Southern. In addition to her degree from SIU, she attained a master’s degree in teaching mathematics at Vanderbilt University in 1968. Her education at SIU created a solid foundation for her subsequent success as a math instructor at the University of Tennessee-Nashville and accounting instructor for the American Institute of Banding. Her career in the banking industry began as a lending officer and branch manager at Nashville National Bank. Pfeffer is active with the Nashville Symphony Association where she serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee. She and her husband, Phil, are life-members of the SIU Alumni Association
Cultural Impact Award: Carl W. Lutes
’48, M.S. ‘59 English
Lutes has spent most of his life in the arts, pursuing careers in both English and music – as a member of the SIU English Department for five years, as a teacher in Christopher, IL, his hometown, and in New York City. He has also been principal flutist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Longines Symphonette, a national radio orchestra, and concertized throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico as personal flutist with Roberta Peters, Metropolitan opera star. In 1962, he made an interesting tour of the Soviet Union in an orchestra sponsored by the State Department, unexpectedly finding himself in Moscow during the Cuban missile crisis. During his studies at SIU, he was granted a university scholarship. In gratitude, he has established endowed scholarships for a deserving student from his home town and for exceptional students in the fields of music and English. In 1957 at the “Music under the Stars Festival” at McAndrew Stadium, Lutes was featured as Honored Southern Illinois Musician. Lutes is a member of the SIU Alumni Association.
Young Alumni Achievement Award: Scott J. Pate
’00, M.B.A. ‘04
Pate currently serves as the Private Wealth Sales Manager, SVP for Regions Bank in Mobile, AL. In this role, he works closely with a team of advisors across the South Alabama / Florida Panhandle markets with over $2 billion in assets under management.
Prior to taking on this new role in 2015, Pate previously served as City President for Regions in both Southern Illinois ('08-'11) and Northern Indiana ('11-'14). While serving in geographical leadership positions, he and his teams received recognition for generating profitable balance sheet growth and for driving improvement in the overall risk profile of the portfolio. During his tenure in Indiana, Pate led several capital projects in Lafayette, IN and provided leadership to Regions' Agricultural banking initiatives across the state.
Pate and his wife, Alicia MPAS ’04 are life-members of the SIU Alumni Association. They reside in Spanish Fort, Ala., with their two daughters.