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Michael D. Young

Class of 1969

Awarded in 2009
40th Reunion Award

Few could match Michael Young’s college accomplishments in any one area.  Yet he excelled in many.  In his senior year alone he captained the football team, made the Dean’s List, served as president of Beta Theta Pi, headed the Afro-American Union during its presentation of “Black Demands” at a Middle College sit-in, and delivered the commencement address at his graduation.  Perhaps nothing contributed more to this stellar finish than time spent away from campus two years earlier during his Field Term, that unique Beloit Plan requirement for off-campus experience.  Michael Young chose the Beloit Tutoring Center as his assignment, a campus outreach program in Cleveland, Mississippi.  When his semester-long service ended, he extended his stay in the Deep South to work on voter registration at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. 

Somewhere during his path over Beloit’s Indian Mounds and through the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, Michael Young learned that moving ahead is all about giving back.  After earning a master’s from the University of Michigan, he gave back to his alma mater by directing campus outreach programs for area youths.  After earning a doctorate from the University of Iowa, he gave back to young people, and today at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he serves as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  His community service, whether chairing a United Way campaign or representing alumni as a Trustee of Beloit College, mirrors his professional commitment to helping others.

Thus, on this, the occasion of the fortieth reunion of his graduating class, the Beloit College Alumni Association is pleased to bestow its highest honor upon Michael D. Young.