Albion College Announces 2016 Alumni Award Recipients

March 24, 2016

Albion College's Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually to alumni who have demonstrated excellence in career achievements and contributions to community and humanity.

The College's Young Alumni Awards are presented each year to alumni who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their first 10 years following graduation.

An annual awards ceremony—this year to be held on Friday, April 22—allows the College to recognize and showcase the noteworthy success of its alumni.

"Success can be measured in many ways," said Bob Anderson, vice president for alumni relations and development. "Your career and personal achievements, family relationships, service to your community, artistic and athletic accomplishments—these are some areas where we can take pride in our success and that of others.

"By any measurement, Albion College alumni represent some of the most notable and successful college graduates in the nation, and this year's award winners are examples," Anderson continued. "Being selected is an honor, but the greater honor belongs to all Albion alumni who can share in the story of a liberal arts education that changes the world."

Please join us as we recognize and extends congratulations to the 2016 recipients.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Albion College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Brook McClintic Griese, '97Brook McClintic Griese, ’97

Executive Director
Judi’s House/JAG Institute for Grieving Children and Families
Denver, Colorado

A clinical psychologist and therapist, Griese is co-founder and executive director of Judi’s House, a comprehensive center for children and young adults mourning the death of a loved one. Griese directs and develops service provision, longitudinal research and professional training programs, many of which have been used by similar organizations across the country. Her latest research-based program, Pathfinders, is a 10-week, grief-focused and trauma-informed curriculum for children and families. Griese is on the board of the University of Colorado’s Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center; she is also an adjunct assistant clinical professor with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Griese presents her research regularly at national professional conferences and writes regularly for both scholarly journals and general-audience publications.

Albion College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Terrence Karpowicz, '70Terrence Karpowicz, ’70

Chicago, Illinois

An internationally respected sculptor, Karpowicz's work plays on tensions created between organic materials (such as wood limbs and granite shards) and machine-tooled geometric shapes. He has received the Frank Logan Medal and Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago, two National Endowment for the Arts awards, four grants from the Illinois Arts Council and The Newhouse Award. As a Fulbright-Hayes Fellow to the United Kingdom, Karpowicz worked with the last millwright affiliated with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, gaining skills and insights that continue to inspire his work. Karpowicz was a founding member of Chicago Sculpture International, itself the first regional affiliate of the International Sculpture Center. Karpowicz has shown his work through North America and Europe, and his commissioned works stretch across the Midwest, including one on the Albion College campus.

Albion College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient David Wood, '79David Wood Jr., ’79

President and Chief Medical Officer
Beaumont Health Systems and Beaumont Physician Partners
Royal Oak, Michigan

While chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology at the University of Michigan Health System (2002-2011), Wood was the key investigator in the study of the healing properties of lycopene, which may contribute to the prevention of prostate cancer. Furthermore, he directed the implementation of robotic radical prostatectomy, a less invasive procedure designed to help decrease prostate surgery side effects. Wood has taken part in 25 grant-funded studies, directing or co-directing three clinical trials at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He regularly presents at conferences worldwide and has published nearly 200 research-based works. Wood previously worked with the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, including service as chief medical officer of the Karmanos Cancer Hospital.

Young Alumni Awards

Albion College Young Alumni Award recipient Amanda Millhouse, '07Amanda Millhouse, ’07

Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Specialist
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Washington, D.C.

Responsible for managing more than 150,000 vertebrate fossils, Millhouse explains some of the world's oldest fossils to a 21st-century audience from all corners of the globe. In addition to leading multiple ongoing cataloguing and specimen reorganization projects, she also served as a project manager for the de-installation of the museum’s five fossil exhibit halls. This included developing workflows and procedures needed to de-install over 2,300 fossils, reconciling and updating exhibit data, and overseeing the schedule for 10 groups involved in the project. Prior to the Smithsonian, Millhouse worked for the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Center, and excavated fossils at Ashfall Fossil Beds in Nebraska following her graduate studies. Millhouse holds a master's degree in geology from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree in museum studies from the University of Kansas.

Albion College Young Alumni Award recipient Doug Richmond, '06Doug Richmond, ’06

Science Teacher
KIPP Academy
Nashville, Tennessee

In just 10 years in the classroom, Richmond has received an astounding five "Teacher of the Year" awards, including that honor from Atlanta (Georgia) Public Schools. He joined the KIPP Charter Schools in 2012 as the first science department chair of KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Thanks to Richmond's efforts, seven members of the KIPP Atlanta Class of 2015 enrolled at Albion College, five joining the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Richmond is currently in his first year with KIPP Nashville, where he teaches chemistry and is coaching the men's varsity basketball team. Richmond has spent his entire career working in low-income communities.

Albion College Young Alumni Award recipient Alyssa Wong, '09Alyssa Wong, ’09

Health Scientist–Country Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

As the CDC's country officer for Senegal, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau, Wong oversees implementation of global health security agendas designed for that area of the world, serving as the primary point of contact for all CDC programs in the region. Wong and her team also travel throughout Africa, working with other CDC teams on technical assistance, training workshops and meeting planning. While in graduate school, Wong held a World Health Organization internship with its Cambodia country office, and she has also worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She earned her master of public health degree in epidemiology from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.