Annual Alumni Awards

Each year at Homecoming, the Alma College Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni of the college.

Our intent is to honor alumni who have made significant contributions to their fields and/or Alma College as well as enhance the visibility of alumni of the college.

2017 Alumni Award Winners
2017 Award Winners
Left to Right: President Jeff Abernathy, Emilee Syrewicze ’08 - Young Alumni Award, James T. McIntyre ’69 - Homecoming Grand Marshal, Steve Jones ’78 - Smith Distinguished Service Award, Mark Hall ’78 - Distinguished Alumni Award, Matt vandenBerg ’02, Vice President for Advancement. (Not pictured: Phyllis Kapp ’58 - Hebert Award)


The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor presented to alumni. The award recognizes alumni who have brought distinction to the College through their professions, have set strong examples for others and have served their communities in one or more of the following ways:

  • Personal accomplishments whereby the prestige of the College is enhanced.
  • Distinguished service or achievement in any field of human endeavor, including family, community, business and industry, science or the professions.
  • Unusual or singular contributions to the development of cultural and spiritual life in society.

The George ’20 and Bess (Brown) ’18 Hebert Distinguished Service Alumni Award is presented to alumni for their loyalty and service to Alma College and to the Alumni Association. The award was named in memory of George and his wife Bess whose love of Alma College and work on behalf of the institution was an inspiration to all alumni.

The Young Alumni Award recognizes recently graduated alumni (between 1 and 10 years) who have given faithful service to Alma College and their communities.

The Smith Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of Art ’38 and Carra Jones ’42 Smith. The recipient is a graduate who believes in Alma College and has assisted with student recruitment; provided career steps through offering internships or employment or visiting the campus to attend events or speak to a class; or served on a College council or board.

We invite you to nominate Alma College Alumni who you feel are deserving of an Alumni Award. Nominations are accepted between October 15 and March 15 for these awards. The Alumni Board votes on nominations at its Spring Meeting at the end of April.

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