Distinguished Alumni Award

The Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their chosen profession, have made a positive impact on their community and are involved with the College.

Thomas Nowotny '59Thomas Nowotny ’59

Thomas Nowotny ’59 has served as an Austrian diplomat, private secretary to Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, senior political counselor to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and consultant to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. He has authored many articles and several books including Diplomacy and Global Governance: The Diplomatic Service in an Age of World-Wide Interdependence. Thomas teaches political science at the University of Vienna in Austria and is married to Ambassador Eva Nowotny.

Dr. Nowotny will be presenting a lecture titled “Global Trends and the Corresponding Need for Moral Leadership in Global Governance” on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Martha Miller Center for Global Communication Room 239.

Tim Laman '83Tim Laman ’83

Tim Laman ’83 is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist with a passion for exploring nature above and below water. Since earning his Ph.D. from Harvard, he has been a regular contributor to National Geographic with a focus on conservation and endangered species. He is a freelance photographer and writer on natural history and a research associate at Harvard University in the Ornithology Department. Through his breathtaking photography he is able to tell the story of wildlife and the environment in which they live. Learn more about Tim’s work on his website. He will be presenting a lecture on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 3 p.m. in Schaap Science Center Room 1008.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented at the Annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 30 at 6pm in Phelps Dining Hall.

The Alumni Association select recipients for this award from nominations that meet the following criteria:

  • Contributions to society through volunteerism
  • Achievements within a profession
  • Active involvement with the college
  • Have earned at least 45 credit hours at Hope College
  • Nominees for this award are eligible to be nominated for other awards
  • Current members of the Alumni Board and the Hope College Board of Trustees are not eligible for this award