2019 Distinguished Alumni Winners Announced

Three individuals have been selected to receive the Northwest State Community College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019. Those individuals will be officially recognized during a special luncheon ceremony prior to spring commencement. Plaques with their likeness will also be added to the prestigious Alumni wall of award recipients, located outside the Voinovich Auditorium in the College’s E wing.

“The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes excellence beyond Northwest State – education, professional achievement, service to the community and more,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC Foundation Director. “We are proud to recognize these three graduates with this prestigious award, and we congratulate them for their achievements, and for being tremendous representatives of Northwest State Community College,” Wilcox continued.

Brad Hurtig is a 2006 cum laude graduate with an associate of technical studies degree in machining manufacturing. He continued his education at Indiana Wesleyan University where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biblical studies.



William (Bill) Lammers is a 1997 graduate with an associate of applied science degree in electrical engineering technology. He furthered his education at Defiance College where he earned a bachelor of business management in 2000, a master of business and organizational leadership in 2004, and a master of business administration in 2010.


Michael Sawvel, DO is a 2001 magna cum laude graduate with an associate of applied science. He went on to graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2005 and a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Ohio University in 2009. Michael completed his neurological surgery residency at the Virginia Tech-Carilion Clinic from 2009-2015.

The Distinguished Alumni Award represents the most prestigious award presented by the Alumni Association of Northwest State. This award was established in 1998 to honor graduates of Northwest State Community College who have achieved recognized prominence in their chosen career and have made significant contributions to their profession, community and the lives of others. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award represent the ideal of a committed, industrious, and caring individual to whom Northwest State Community College may look as an example.