UCSD Alumni


True Triton Award


Service is one of the pillars of UC San Diego’s mission and vision – it’s in our DNA. To recognize alumni who have shown an extraordinary commitment to the university and our cause, we created the True Triton Award, one of our highest honors. We’re calling on you to nominate your fellow service-oriented Tritons.

Who is a True Triton? These individuals go above and beyond to help advance our mission, on campus, in the community, and around the world. Whether by dedicating time to students and alumni, lending leadership skills to university initiatives, or acting as ambassadors for UC San Diego and higher education, True Tritons’ passion for their alma mater is both inspirational and aspirational.   

Submit Your Nomination

  • Fill out our nomination form, detailing why you think this individual should receive the True Triton Award.
  • The winner(s) will be selected by the Alumni Board Nominations Committee.
  • Awardees will be honored at the True Triton Brunch on Alumni Weekend


2017 Recipients

  • Jerri Malana '86
    Jerri Malana’s leadership activities at UC San Diego have included serving on the Alumni Board of Directors as the president and a member of the executive committee.

  • Emmy Sobieski '88
    Emmy Sobieski has given back as a career speaker, panelist and mentor to promote student professional success.

  • Dr. Junling Sun, PhD '93
    Dr. Sun has continued to give back to the Triton community, building strong alumni networks in China, offering internship opportunities, and providing leadership to the Triton community in San Diego and Guangzhou, China.

2016 Recipients

  • Ping Yeh, ’99, M.S. ‘01
    UC San Diego Alumni Board Director, president of the UCSD Twin Cities Alumni Group, and advisor to student entrepreneurs at The Basement.

  • Colette Rudd, ’73 and Marion Weiler, ‘73
    Founders of Summer Send-Off for incoming students from the Bay Area for more than 25 years, former presidents and current club leaders of UC San Diego Silicon Valley club, and former UC San Diego Alumni Board Director (Rudd)

2015 Recipients

  • Manuelita Brown, M.S. ’76
    Director of UC San Diego’s Honor Achievement Workshops and member of UCSD Alumni’s Black Alumni Council and the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors

  • Chris Yanov, ’99
    Founder of Reality Changers, a San Diego-based program helping prepare first-generation college students

2014 Recipient

  • Steve Schreiner, ’80
    Past Alumni Regent and Chair of the Alumni Foundation

2013 Recipient

  • Neville Billimoria, ’82
    Member of the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors