Young Alumni Awards

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Young Alumni Award Information

The Young Alumni Awards recognize noteworthy and distinctive achievements made by alumni who have graduated from Albion College within the past ten years. Each year, honorees offer inspiration and encouragement as models for principled leadership and a wholehearted commitment to serving others. In addition, the Young Alumni Awards serve as an opportunity for current and future Albion students to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of alumni who have achieved notable success quickly following graduation.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients!

Cynthia Cardwell Fast, ’08
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rutgers University
Piscataway, New Jersey

Cynthia Cardwell Fast By studying how past experiences affect learning and perception in the brains of mice, Fast hopes to someday explain and correct human memory problems and anxiety-related disorders. Post-traumatic stress disorder, a pathological example of new behaviors that influence perception based on past experience, is one of many such conditions that could be treated with therapies based on Fast’s research. In four semesters at Albion, Fast presentedfive different research posters at national and regional conferences and Albion’s Isaac Symposium. At the University of California, Los Angeles, Fast received teaching and scholarship awards from the institution; she also received the Student Poster Award from the Pavlovian Society, and nomination to the New York Academy of Sciences James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. At Albion, Fast was a member of the Equestrian Club and received the 2007 Kirsten D. Metalonis, ’99, Summer Research Fellowship, the Joseph Heston Award for Outstanding Senior Psychology Major, and the Ned S. Garvin Neuroscience Award.

Katherine L. Kirsch, ’12
Chief Marketing Officer, Sisu Global Health
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Katherine L. Kirsch Katie Kirsch focuses on Sisu Global Health's image, lead generation, and partnership development along with establishing relationships with doctors and hospital administrators in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dedicated to designing and commercializing medical products specifically for emerging markets, Sisu has developed the Hemafuse autotransfusion device, which can be operated without electricity by just one person. While at Albion, Kirsch traveled twice to Suriname and three times to Cameroon doing research, study and internships. As the recipient of a Fulbright teaching fellowship, Kirsch taught English at INATEK University in Kibungo, Rwanda, and managed the first published literary journal with students at the National University of Rwanda. At Albion, Kirsch received a Jenkins Award, given to the top four honors theses in the class, and a Lux Fiat Award, given to the four seniors most distinguished for leadership and service; She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Kirsch was also a member of Kappa Delta, Panhellenic Council, Mortar Board, and Bitone (supporting a Ugandan orphanage), and also served as a First-Year Experience mentor.

Jonathan E. Reynolds, ’09
Associate Pastor, St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Rochester, Michigan

Jonathan E. Reynolds In just over two years with the 2,300-member St. Paul’s, Reynolds has created and strengthened many of the church’s ministries. He gathered 90 congregants to participate in a half-marathon, raising more than $32,000 to help purchase malaria nets for use in Africa. He helps coordinate the church’s Food Basket ministry which provides over $15,000 worth of food to more than 130 families at Christmas. Reynolds leads service trips from St. Paul’s to Community Social Services (CCSS) in Detroit, and helped establish “Hands4Detroit,” which attracts 1,000 volunteers annually. Beyond his church-based work, Reynolds volunteers with Red Bird Mission trips to Appalachia and Habitat for Humanity. As a minister at St. Paul’s, He developed the church’s first regular evening worship service. He received a Church/Volunteer of the Year award from CCSS. At Albion, he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Pi Sigma Alpha, Service Project Appalachia, Campus Crusade, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Chapel, Student Volunteer Bureau, Canoe Club, and the Ultimate Frisbee club team.

Danielle M. Wysocki, ’10
Senior Booker, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Danielle M. Wysocki Danni Wysocki has lined up over 2,000 interviews featuring such sports stars as Mike Tyson, Dwyane Wade, and Terrell Owens, as well as other celebrities. She has also worked with CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk Live special programming, including Bears pre- and post-game reporting, the March of Dimes Sports Awards, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase, and the Crosstown Cup. She also helped cover the 2012 Ryder Cup and the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Her work earned her a 2013 nomination for a 2013 Midwest/Chicago Emmy; she won the Emmy in 2014 for Best Live Sporting Event. At Albion, Wysocki founded a sports blog for women,, developed under Fox Sports’ Yardbarker blog site, and was sports editor and multimedia editor for the Pleiad. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Order of Omega and Alpha Phi Omega, and Best Buddies.

Honorees are selected from nominations submitted online. Nominations are reviewed based on the following criteria:

The nominating process for the 2016 Young Alumni Awards is open!

Do you have a nomination in mind for the 2016 Young Alumni Awards? Access the online nomination form and submit your nomination for the 2016 Young Alumni Awards before October 30, 2015. Nominees must have graduated from Albion College between 2006-2015.