Distinguished Alumni Awards

Northwestern’s alumni office seeks nominations for future Distinguished Alumni Award candidates. Nominees should be graduates of the academy, junior college or college, or have attended the junior college for one year or the college for three semesters. Candidates must be at least five years beyond their graduation year and not currently an officer of the Alumni Association or a member of the award selection committee.

Three awards are presented during the college's annual Legacy Celebration Banquet:

  • Distinguished Professional Achievement: The alum chosen for this award demonstrates leadership, competence, dedication to continuing education and integrity in his/her chosen profession.
  • Distinguished Service to Humankind: The alum chosen for this award demonstrates leadership abilities in service to the community and/or society at large through notable Christian contributions.
  • Distinguished Service to Northwestern College: The alum chosen for this award demonstrates loyalty to the mission of Northwestern College, continued interest and support of the goals of NWC, and reflects honor on the college by his/her Christian lifestyle.

To nominate someone for a Distinguished Alumni Award who meets the above requirements, email the alumni office.

Eric McDonald ’98Distinguished Professional Achievement

Eric McDonald is the founder and CEO of DocuTAP, a company he started two years after graduating from Northwestern with a computer science degree. He wrote the original computer code for the electronic medical records and practice management software that is designed for urgent care clinics. Until 2004 he was the company’s only employee. Today DocuTAP—headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD—has attracted venture capital investors, raised nearly $20 million in capital, and grown to 150 employees serving thousands of urgent care providers across the nation.

Kristie (De Boer ’95) MompremierDistinguished Service to Humankind

After a three-month internship in Haiti, Kristie decided to stay as a full-time missionary. She married JeanJean, a Haitian math and physics teacher, and they spent four years in the States while he earned a seminary degree and she worked as a nurse. In 2005 they moved back to Haiti’s central plateau and founded United Christians International (UCI), a ministry that works through the local church to teach the word of God and equip Haitian leaders.

Dave ’69 and Shirley (Van Maanen ’64) Van WechelDistinguished Service to Northwestern College

In addition to sending three of their four children to Northwestern, Dave and Shirley Van Wechel have served as a home away from home for numerous Raider athletes, international students and others. They have been members of the college’s Red Raider Club and Theatre Patrons organizations, and Dave also operated the clock at football, wrestling and track competitions. Dave was a member of the initial nominating committee for Northwestern’s Athletic Hall of Fame, while Shirley represented alumni on the Campus Master Plan Committee.

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