Alumni Awards

2018 Alumni Award Honorees

Kara Raiguel ’94, Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Kara RaiguelThis award recognizes an individual who has reached significant professional achievements through exemplary leadership.  Achievements may be specific to a chosen career, industry or entrepreneurial quest. Consideration is also given to the nominee’s contributions to his or her community and the College.

Kara Raiguel serves as president and chief executive officer at General Re Corporation, a direct reinsurer and subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Prior to assuming her present role in 2016; Ms. Raiguel worked with Berkshire Hathaway’s Reinsurance Division for 15 years. Before moving to Berkshire Hathaway, Ms. Raiguel worked with CIGNA Property & Casualty.  She earned her Bachelor of Science from Ursinus, with a major in mathematics and minors in French and economics. As a student, she was a two-sport athlete, a part of Tau Sigma Gamma and was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society.


Dr. Winnifred Berg Cutler ’73, Alumni Award for Service to Humanity

Winnifred CutlerThis award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding service to society; it pays tribute for time volunteered for the benefit of a community or non-profit institutions.  Contributions may have been made at local, state or national levels.

Dr. Winnifred Cutler may be best known for her discovery of human pheromones as well as her more recent research has contributed to the international debate over routine prophylactic mammography. Dr. Cutler regularly collaborates with Ursinus faculty and staff on research and learning opportunities for students. She founded the Athena Institute and regularly recruits interns, and, in 2007, formally launched the Athena Institute Pre-Med Hospice Volunteer Program, which enables area pre-medical students to volunteer their service to local hospice patients. She has supported psychology department, U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies and the Berman Museum Student Art Show.


Harriet Gould Metzgar ’68, Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Educator Award

Harriet GouldThis award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the field of education.  This award is named for Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin based on their commitment to education and Ursinus College.

Dr. Harriet M. Gould has devoted her life to educating others. She was elementary principal and K-12 curriculum director for the Raymond Central Schools in Nebraska for 18 years. In this role she developed programs that led to its designation as a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” by the U.S. Department of Education. She and her husband, Jack ’66 own and operate the Pine Crest Farms Bed & Breakfast in Valparaiso, Nebraska. Ms. Gould is currently president of the Raymond Central Board of Education, and has held leadership roles with the University of Nebraska Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals and the Nebraska Association of Bed and Breakfasts.


Kelly Becker ’10, The Rising Star Alumni Award

Kelly BeckerThis award recognizes an accomplished graduate of the past 10 years for significant contributions to and leadership in the recipient’s profession, community and/or Ursinus College.

Ms. Kelly Becker has been leading the innovation partnerships division at Under Armour since 2014. She has built a career for herself in an area she is passionate about and has helped to identify burgeoning ideas that are influencing her industry. Ms. Becker thrived as a student at Ursinus and was on the field hockey team, and participated in study abroad and the Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA). She also worked in the admissions office and the president’s office. She has remained connected to Ursinus as a member of the outreach committee for the GOLD Council and a loyal philanthropic supporter of the college. 

Allison Cook ’18 and Christopher Tan ’18,   Senior Alumni Award

This award recognizes two seniors, who based on their undergraduate career, show promise of making significant contributions to and leadership in their careers, their community and/or Ursinus College.  One award is presented to a female and one is presented to a male.

Allison Cook ’18

Allison CookMs. Allison Cook will receive her B.S. in environmental studies from Ursinus College this spring, with a minor in biology. During her time at Ursinus, she has excelled academically as well as devoted much of her time to conceptualizing, developing and advancing sustainability initiatives on campus. Ms. Cook has appeared on the Dean’s List several times and has been involved in several extracurriculars; women’s basketball, study abroad, externships and the ultimate Frisbee team and serves as president of Ursinus College Environmental Action (UCEA), a student organization that helps to organize environmental initiatives, and is a Sustainability Fellow. Ultimately, she would like to start her own CSA farm aimed at providing sustainable, organic vegetables to the community. 

Christopher Tan ’18

Chris TanMr. Christopher Tan will receive undergraduate degrees in applied economics and international relations in May. He has been lauded for his academic and extracurricular involvements including through the Finance Scholars Program, UC National Model UN, captain of the wrestling team and executive vice president for the Ursinus College Student Government. Mr. Tan has made the Dean’s List six times and is a member of the Cub & Key Society, Alpha Pi Sigma National Political Science Honor Society and the Omega Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society. He and his peers were awarded the grand prize of the 2016 Rochester University Simon Business School’s Early Learners® Case Competition and he received first place in the 2017 Richard T. Schellhase ’45 Ethics Prize competition. After graduating from Ursinus, Mr. Tan plans to pursue a career in the financial services industry, and he will begin work at The Vanguard Group.


View a Hall of Fame of previous Alumni Award honorees.

Guidelines for All Awards

  • Recipients must be alumni, meaning they have received a degree from Ursinus College, with the exception of Senior Alumni Awards which are given to students from the current Senior Class.

  • Only one award may be presented annually in each category, with the exception of Senior Alumni Awards, for which two awards will be presented annually.

  • Current members of the College’s Board of Trustees, Alumni Awards Selection Committee and current employees of the College may not be considered for these awards.

  • Attendance at the presentation ceremony is a pre-requisite for receiving an Alumni Award, exceptions are given to posthumous recipients.

  • If an alumnus/alumna is nominated posthumously it must be within 5 years of his/her passing.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations will be solicited from alumni, students, faculty and staff well in advance of the award presentation. These nominations will be collected via our nomination form; additional letters of support will also be accepted.
  • The nomination deadline is February 8, 2019 for Senior Alumni Awards. The nomination deadline for all other awards is November 2, 2018. Award recipients, their nominators and the College community will be notified by mid-March.
  • A selection committee will review all of the nominations.
  • Special consideration will be given to nominees who are celebrating milestone reunion years.
  • The record of a nominee shall be maintained in a carry-over file and considered for two years, after which a person must be re-nominated to be considered.