Distinguished Alumni Awards
Each year, Albion College presents the Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni who have distinguished himself or herself professionally and through service to Albion College. The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is to publicly recognize alumni for distinguished personal and career accomplishments and for exemplary contributions to society that bring credit to Albion College. Additionally, the Distinguished Alumni Award publicly honors alumni who have performed distinguished service for Albion College through cumulative contributions or by an extraordinary act or effort that advances the College.
The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is presented to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and achieved a career of noteworthy accomplishment. Recipients are selected on the basis of excellence in career achievements and contributions to community/humanity.
Congratulations to the 2015 recipients!
Rick L. Going, ’77
Division President, Kroger Company
Starting as co-manager of a Kroger store in 1981, Going has held positions at the store, district, and division level, and served as the vice president for transition at the general office. Going spent 2007-13 as president of the Michigan Division, helping Kroger Co. reach the top of Forbes magazine’s list of companies that give back the most. Going's division distributed more than eight million meals through regional charitable organizations. In 2010 alone, Michigan store campaigns raised nearly $2 million for Michigan schools, philanthropies and nonprofit organizations. During that same period, the Michigan Division earned a Pure Michigan award, a Forgotten Harvest award, and the Michigan Food and Beverage Association Retailer of the Year Award. Going was also vice president of Detroit’s Forgotten Harvest, awhichcollects surplus food from area restaurants and retail stores. Going is one of only eight Albion Sigma Chis to receive the national “Significant Sig” award.
Katherine Y. Look, ’75
Senior Medical Director, Genentech Incorporated
San Francisco, California
At Genentech, Look serves on the team that gained FDA approval of Avastin for treatment of recurrent, persistent or metastatic cervix cancer and for platin-resistant ovary cancer. An angiogenesis inhibitor, killing cancers by preventing the formation of blood vessels that feed them, Avastin is an important new option for exceptionally challenging cancers. Look previously spent 22 years as professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine. During her academic career, Look received research grants totaling nearly $700,000. She has held executive positions with the national the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists. Honored for excellence in teaching by the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the IU School of Medicine, Look has also been recognized by Ladies Home Journal on its list of “Top Doctors for Women Coast to Coast.” At Albion, Look was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Beta Kappa.
William R. Payne, ’75
Vice Chairman, Amway Corporation
Payne is involved in day-to-day management of the global Alticor Inc., enterprise, which includes Amway. Early in his career, Payne worked in Amway's marketing department before pursuing in marketing and sales management at Owens-Illinois, a partnership with mergers and acquisitions firm Payne-Zwiep and service as president of the Windquest Group. He returned to Amway in 2000 as executive vice president. Along with his wife, Jillane Lynas Payne, ’75, Payne is a devoted Albion graduate; he has advised the College on current downtown revitalization efforts in Albion. The Paynes have sponsored regional alumni events, and Bill arranged Alticor flight travel for former First Lady Barbara Bush’s visit to campus in 2005. At Albion College, Payne was president of Sigma Chi fraternity and served as head resident in Whitehouse Hall. He holds an M.B.A. from Bowling Green State University.
To honor the most outstanding gifts of service, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award aims to annually highlight and celebrate unselfish service and support to the College and/or Alumni Association. Recipients must have demonstrated a continuing interest in Albion College.
Please consider nominating a Briton for the Distinguished Alumni Award by completing a nomination form below. Only nominations submitted through an online form will be considered. When completing a nomination form, please be sure to include accurate and in-depth information. The selection of award winners is based almost entirely upon the information provided in the submission. Nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards must be submitted no later than October 30, 2015.
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award - Qualifications
Those chosen for this prestigious award must be distinguished in his or her chosen business, profession or life's work and be a person of such integrity, stature, demonstrated ability and renown that the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College will take pride in, and be inspired by, his or her recognition. Career accomplishments, professional impact, and significant publications/research (primary authorship) will be considered when reviewing nominations.
Distinguished Alumni Service Award - Qualifications
Nominees of this award must have contributed time, talent or financial resources to one or more programs to benefit the College. Recipients must be individuals who, in deed or action, reflect and recognize the importance of his or her education at Albion College, demonstrate pride in alma mater, and whose interest and loyalty are evident.
Up to eight Distinguished Alumni may be chosen annually. The men and women selected must meet the following criteria:
- Only alumni of the College shall be eligible for the award.
- Nominees must be living at the time the nomination is submitted.
Exempted from consideration for the award are current members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, members of the College's Board of Trustees (not including honorary Trustees), faculty, and staff. Once an individual is no longer in any of the above categories, s/he will be eligible for consideration.
For more information on Albion College's Distinguished Alumni Awards, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement.