Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards

DAA Awards

Friday, April 20, 2018
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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The following alumni have demonstrated excellence in career achievements and contributions to community and humanity. Accordingly, each will be receiving the 2018 Albion College Distinguished Alumni Award:

Beverly Hannett-Price, Albion College Class of 1958Beverly Hannett-Price, ’58

English Teacher, Detroit Country Day School
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Beverly Hannett-Price is finishing her 60th year in her dream job as an English teacher, which includes 50 years at Detroit Country Day School. Beyond educating, mentoring and inspiring generations of students, Hannett-Price broke important gender barriers as DCDS's first Upper School female teacher, first female department chair and first female dean. Hannett-Price has served on both the Albion College Alumni Association Board of Directors and the College’s Board of Trustees. She has won numerous teaching excellence awards and has had many students win oratory and essay contests.

George Martin, Albion College Class of 1952George Martin, ’52

Retired Principal/School Administrator, Royal Oak Public Schools
Davisburg, MI

George Martin encouraged and inspired thousands of Royal Oak students during his 40-year tenure with Royal Oak Public Schools. Martin served the district as a teacher, counselor, coach and longtime principal of Dondero High School. Prior to his career in education, Martin served two years in the Army Signal Corps, earning a Soldier's Medal. A member of Albion College's Athletic Hall of Fame, Martin received nine varsity letters as student manager for the baseball, football and indoor track and field teams. He is a past president of the Albion College Alumni Association Board of Directors and served two terms on the College's Board of Trustees. Martin was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 2001.

Amy Elaine Wakeland, Albion College Class of 1991Amy Elaine Wakeland, ’91

First Lady of the City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Amy Elaine Wakeland has spent more than two decades as a political strategist and public policy expert, a background that has suited her exceptionally well for her current role as First Lady of the City of Los Angeles. Among many accomplishments over the past four years, Wakeland played a key role in the City's first-ever data-driven analysis of the status of women and girls and expansion of its Domestic Assault Response Teams to all police divisions. Wakeland helped found the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and the Pobladores Fund, a giving circle for social justice causes. She advises numerous organizations on human rights and social justice issues, including the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy.

Skot Welch, Albion College Class of 1990Skot Welch, ’90

Founder/President, Global Bridgebuilders
Kentwood, MI

Skot Welch has spent 20 years helping churches, municipalities, nonprofits and industry leaders develop sustainable and measurable diversity initiatives. He is founder and president of Global Bridgebuilders, a leader in the field of organizational diversity management. Welch recently served as vice president of benchmarking services and analysis for DiversityInc magazine, where he was responsible for best-practices analysis within the Fortune 500. He is the founder of the Mosaic Film Experience, the Mosaic Mobile and the Mosaic Community, programs that engage some 1,500 young filmmakers annually. In March, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Welch to the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council.

The following alumni have demonstrated exceptional achievement within ten years of graduating and will be receiving the 2018 Albion College Young Alumni Award:

Brian Hearns, Albion College Class of 2008Brian Hearns, ’08

Dean of Students, Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy
Chicago, IL

Through his leadership role at Rowe-Clark, Brian Hearns is part of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, which educates students hailing from neighborhoods in both the Southside and Northside of Chicago. Hearns joined the Rowe-Clark faculty in 2011 and continues to coach three of its sports teams while simultaneously overseeing 40 staff members and 500 students. As a teacher, Hearns led many of his classes to higher scores on standardized math tests as well as the ACT. He is an alumnus of Teach For America. At Albion, he was a dual-sport scholar athlete playing both football and baseball while also serving as president of both Albion's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Interfraternity Council.

Joel McDade, Albion College Class of 2008Joel McDade, ’08

Field Application Scientist, Sartorius
Watertown, MA

Joel McDade is a field application scientist at IncuCyte by Sartorius, supporting academic, biotech and pharmaceutical laboratories engaged in cutting-edge research involving the use of live-cell imaging. McDade operates at the interface between science and business, supporting a client base that focuses on cancer biology, neurobiology and immunology research. He provides training and support in experiment design, execution and data analysis in a fast-paced sales environment. Previously, Joel worked as a research fellow at the University of Michigan and as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital. McDade's own work utilized live-cell imaging and, most recently, CRISPR/Cas9, leading to extensive grant funding and resulting in several publications in scientific journals.

Courtney Meyer, Albion College Class of 2011Courtney Meyer, ’11

Communications Specialist, International Food Policy Research Institute
Arlington, VA

Courtney Meyer has built an impressive career speaking up on behalf of social justice initiatives. Her current role serves HarvestPlus, a program of the International Food Policy Research Institute and International Center for Tropical Agriculture that improves nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops. Meyer has also held communications positions with Helen Keller International, Kiwanis International and Think Africa Press. She was one of the first interns hired to the U.S. Embassy in Suriname and is a longtime volunteer with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, organizing its Michigan Leadership Seminar, which brought 150 high school sophomores to Albion's campus last June.

Christin Spoolstra, Albion College Class of 2011Christin Spoolstra, ’11

Deputy Country Director, Caring for Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Christin Spoolstra has spent her entire post-Albion career in Cambodia. After two years teaching English for the Peace Corps and a year with the Corps' Cambodia office, Spoolstra accepted the position as deputy country director with Caring for Cambodia, which provides pre-K through high school education to thousands of children. Working in Cambodian Khmer and English, Spoolstra not only directs a team of 10 Cambodian program managers, she also works with fundraising and development at the regional level and human resources at the organizational level. Spoolstra is also a Collaboration Cambodia steering committee member.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Each year, Albion College presents the Distinguished Alumni Award honoring alumni who have demonstrated excellence in career achievements and contributions to community and humanity.

Those chosen for this prestigious award will be distinguished in his or her chosen business, profession or life's work and be a person of such integrity, stature, demonstrated ability and commitment to Albion College that the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College will take pride in, and be inspired by, his or her recognition.

Nominations are always open. Submissions after October 1 will be considered for the following year.

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Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award honors alumni who have achieved great success in their first ten years after graduation and/or service to the College. 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.

Nominations are always open. Submissions after October 1 will be considered for the following year.

Make a Nomination

For more information on Albion College's Distinguished Alumni Awards, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement.