Annual Alumni Awards Announced

Ceremony set to honor this year's recipients at Homecoming.

ADRIAN, Mich. - Adrian College is honored to announce its annual Alumni Awards ceremony on September 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in Dawson Auditorium on the College campus. This event, hosted by the Alumni Association Board of Directors is free and open to the public.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

Honoring alumni who have graduated at least twenty years previously and who have earned regional or international recognition in their respective careers, recognition for involvement in their communities, and demonstrated continued support of Adrian College

 

KEITH R. BECK ’65, Ph.D.

Raleigh, N.C.

Retired Chemistry Professor, North Carolina State University

Recognized for his outstanding career in textile chemistry and many contributions to science, education, student development and industry.

 

“Times have certainly changed. In 1965, a student caught drinking could be expelled from school. Our grades came on a hand-written postcard for everyone in the post office to see. Calculations were done on a slide rule. Now, 48 years later, look at how Adrian College has grown. President Dawson would be so very proud, as I am for this humbling and cherished recognition. Yes, Adrian College is a special place.”

 

 

 

YOUNG ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Honoring alumni who have graduated within the last twenty years and who have demonstrated significant professional and personal achievement.

 

MICHAEL M. BELL ’00

Beverly Hills, Mich.

Attorney and Counselor, Howard & Howard

Recognized for paving the way for first ever credit union mergers making national/industry news.

“I am honored to receive this award and humbly accept the recognition. I attribute to Adrian College my solid knowledge base and the strengthening of my critical thinking skills. I used that intellectual foundation in law school and use it today in my career. I am a believer in Adrian College and am proud to be an alumnus.”

 

 

ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD

Honoring alumni who have dedicated much of their time, talent and service to the College for a single project or over a prolonged period of time.

 

MIKE ’73 & SARAH HISE ’73 BERTHOLD

Adrian, Mich.

Retired Educators

Recognized for ongoing service to the College, its student athletes and extraordinary support of the hockey programs.

“Since graduation, we have been involved with the College in various ways and on various levels, but when hockey began at Adrian College our involvement grew exponentially.  We truly enjoy being connected to fellow fans, the coaching and office staff, and the student athletes themselves.  We have interacted with people from the College, community, and alumni, creating and strengthening friendships with many. It is our intention to continue this connection for as long as we are able.”

 

 

ALUMNI HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Honoring alumni who demonstrate an altruistic lifestyle that reflects Adrian’s founding spirit of service to other.

 

LARRY G. OLSEN ’69, PH.D.

DeWitt, Mich.

Professor of Entomology, Michigan State University

Recognized for working to enhance agricultural and economic development in the central highlands of Peru.

“My experiences at Adrian College are memories I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoyed my times here and made some lifelong friends. The academic program was very challenging and rigorous, but trained me well for my future career as a professor at Michigan State University. All this was due to my taking an elective entomology course my senior year.”

 

 

HONORARY ALUMNI AWARD

Honoring non-alum individuals who have shown extraordinary loyalty and affection for the College over time.

 

DAVID S. HICKMAN

Tecumseh, Mich.

C.P.A. and Retired Banker, United Bancorp, Inc. and United Bank & Trust

Recognized for nearly 40 years of commitment to the College as a trustee, consultant, friend and community leader.

I was both surprised and pleased to learn that I was selected for this award. I grew up in Adrian and have always had a high regard for Adrian College and the kind of ‘education for life’ that the small private colleges provide.  The association here with four presidents, fellow trustees, administrators, faculty and students has enriched my life more than one can imagine.”

 

 

AC STEWARDSHIP AWARD

Honoring current or former Adrian College employees who have demonstrated exemplary service to students and/or the College.

 

ROBIN LUANA BOTT, PH.D.

Adrian, Mich.

Director, Institute for Study Abroad; Professor, Department of English, Adrian College

Recognized for outstanding stewardship of the study abroad program and its students.

“It almost doesn’t seem right to be rewarded for doing something you love. It is a privilege to receive this honor. Thank you to all of the brave students who have had the courage to travel the world, and to their parents who support them in this important journey. Thank you also to the Adrian College community for supporting my efforts to create quality educational experiences for our students.”