Distinguished Alumni Award

Tracy Lyn Lamb to Receive 2019 MCC Distinguished Alumni Award

Tracy Lyn Lamb, the award-winning executive director of NEWS, an organization providing domestic violence and sexual abuse services in California’s Napa Valley, has been named the 2019 Muskegon Community College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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Tracy Lyn Lamb

Lamb will be honored on Tuesday, May 7, at the Alumni Awards Dinner on campus and will address this year’s graduates on Wednesday evening, May 8, at the 2019 MCC Commencement in L.C. Walker Arena.

A Muskegon native, Lamb attended MCC from 1979 to 1983, when she graduated with an associate’s degree.

“When I came to MCC I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my academic ability,” recounted Lamb.  “In high school, no one said to me, ‘Tracy, you are college material.’ I didn’t even consider applying to four-year institutions. I was the first in my family to attend college and Muskegon Community College felt like a safe place to start.  It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.”

After MCC, Lamb earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Western Michigan University.

She began her career as a crime victim advocate, then became a program manager and spent two years in Sonoma County (CA) District Attorney’s Office.

Lamb has been the executive director of NEWS since 2005. With its dedicated group of staff and volunteer domestic violence and sexual assault counselors, NEWS – an acronym standing for Nurturing, Empowerment, Worth and Safety – provides direct client services and shelter 24/7 to approximately 1,300 annually. NEWS also offers preventative education and outreach programs.

This past year, Lamb has received the Excellence in Leadership Award from The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. In 2016, she received the Napa Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Award.  That same year, she was recognized by the Hispanic Network with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lamb serves on the Board of Directors for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the only professional organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of and supporting the work of rape crisis centers which operate independently throughout California.

She was successful in obtaining a $625,000 grant for NEWS Domestic Violence Housing First, which has helped domestic violence survivors move into apartments and prevented homelessness among others. She serves as co-chair of the Economic Self Sufficiency Committee focused on issues aimed at creating equity and quality of life. She is a member of the Napa County Child Abuse Prevention Council Steering Committee.

In partnership with On The Move, Lamb received a $50,000 grant from Raliance, an agency funded by the National Football League (NFL) and aimed at ending sexual violence in one generation. She used the funds to create a one-year youth leadership cohort for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Lamb was also instrumental in launching a primary prevention program called “NEWS About Sports,” which involves school athletic directors, coaches and student athletes working to promote gender equity, bystander training, and positive, healthy relationships.

Distinguished Alumni Award at MCC

A tradition for many years at MCC, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that Muskegon Community College bestows upon an outstanding alum. The award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater.

Award recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • MCC college career – The nominee must have earned an associate’s degree or certificate, or completed a minimum of 50 credit hours at Muskegon Community College and have demonstrated a record of excellence in academics and extracurricular participation.
  • Professional achievement – The nominee must have distinguished himself or herself through achievement or advancement in his or her career, earned degrees, professional training, professional recognition and/or outstanding contributions to his or her field.
  • Service to the community – Nominee shall have demonstrated a record of community participation and involvement.
  • Advocacy of higher education and/or support of MCC. The nominee shall have a successful record in one or both of these areas.
  • Availability – In addition to the above criteria, the nominee must be available to attend the Distinguished Alumni Dinner and also Commencement. The award recipient will give a short address to the graduating students at Commencement.

Nominate an MCC graduate for the Distinguished Alumni Award

Do you know an outstanding MCC alumnus?
If you would like to nominate for the 2019 award, please use the online form linked below. All fields must be filled out to qualify. Note: it is recommended you have all information on the nominee in hand before filling out the nomination form. The form requires all contact information, and additional information as noted above. The deadline for 2020 nominations is December 31, 2019.


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