Distinguished Alumni Awards
Olivet College takes great pride in the success of our alumni. As such, we honor a number of alumni annually as part of our Distinguished Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame event.
The Olivet College Alumni Association annually seeks nominations for the Olivet College Alumni Association and Athletic Hall of Fame awards. The selections are made from candidates who have distinguished themselves through their professional and/or athletic accomplishments and who possess the highest standards of character, which exemplify our academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.
We are proud to honor our outstanding alumni during Homecoming Weekend every year.
Alumni Association Awards
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees (pictured below). Lindsey Basye ’13 and Gregory Ravy ’09 will be honored with the Young Alumni Award, and Dan Pantaleo ’85 and Dr. Jon Rupright ’68 will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Honorees will be recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Cutler Event Center. This year’s program will feature the awards presentation first with a reception to follow. Seating is limited; please register by visiting the alumni website.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Established in 1958, it is the highest honor presented to alumni. The award recognizes an individual(s) who has earned their undergraduate degree from Olivet College and exemplifies the College’s vision, mission and values in addition to making positive contributions to their given profession and community.
The 1844 Award
Established in 1977, the 1844 Award is named for the year of Olivet’s founding. An individual(s) is recognized for demonstrating their commitment and dedication to the advancement of the College through community service, professional recognition, and contributions to society that typify and personify the mission of the College.
The Young Alumni Award
Established in 2003, the Young Alumni Award annually recognizes an individual(s) who has earned their undergraduate degree from Olivet College and exemplifies the College’s vision, mission and values in addition to making positive contributions to their given profession and community.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Six individuals have been chosen for induction into the
Olivet College Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2021. These
outstanding alumni are Kellen Beckwith ’11, Megan
(Rimmel) Hessbrook ’10, Erica (Anderson) Knowlton ’06,
Kyle Lackscheide ’07, Michael McClary ’12 and Chris
Shelhart ’09. All six will be formally inducted as part of
the College's Alumni Awards ceremony on October 8, and
then honored in the festivities prior to the Homecoming
football game the next day.
Established in 1972, the Olivet College Athletic Hall of Fame was founded to honor past athletes, faculty, staff and friends who, through their actions, have brought distinction through athletics to themselves and to Olivet College.
Olivet College Student-Athlete
Awarded to an Olivet College graduate in good standing who has earned recognition for their athletic accolades, including such honors as Most Valuable Player, All-American, All-Conference honors, etc.
Olivet College Coach/Athletic Administrator
Awarded to an Olivet College coach or athletic administrator who left the college in good standing and who served at Olivet College for a minimum of three (3) years.
Special Mention/Community Member
Awarded to an individual who served a sports program or the athletic department of Olivet College in an exceptional manner. (need not be an alumnus of Olivet College)
Awarded to an Olivet College sports team that won at least one championship and/or received high national recognition in their sport (such as a conference or regional title or national ranking).
For more information on the Olivet College Athletic Hall of Fame CLICK HERE.