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Alumni Awards

2015 Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Awardees
Christina Bivins '95

Christina Bivins '95 - Outstanding Alumna Award (posthumous)
Christina Bivins earned her bachelor of arts from Aquinas College in 1995. An active community member, Bivins spent her twenty-year career investing fully in the arts of Grand Rapids. Beloved by artists, performers and colleagues, Bivins served as a stage manager for some of Grand Rapids' most popular events such as ArtPrize, TedX, LaughFest and the B-93 Birthday Bash. She also served on the AAF West Michigan Board of Directors and co-chaired the festival Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition. Bivins was also highly invested in the College, serving as an active member of the Aquinas College Alumni Association from 2009- 2014. She was also instrumental in coordinating a successful video on the annual fund produced in 2012 and assisted in Aquinas' ArtPrize event at the Catholic Diocese Cathedral Square. Most recently, she was awarded the 2015 AAF West Michigan Silver Medal Award. Bivins passed away unexpectedly in November 2014 at age 42 from a heart related incident. Her spirit and civic duty is honored posthumously to carry on her legacy.

Dr. Robert Payne, DDS '67

Dr. Robert Payne, DDS '67 - Outstanding Alumnus Award
Dr. Robert Payne, DDS earned his bachelor of science from Aquinas College in 1967 and his dental degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 1971. He then served in United States Air Force Dental Corp for the subsequent four years, after which he established a family practice in Grand Rapids. As his passion for children's dentistry grew over the years, Dr. Payne pursued and earned a specialty degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1981. Now serving infants, children, teens and those with special needs out of his East Paris location, Dr. Payne continues to give back to the community, often taking on patients whose parents cannot afford insurance. He is also involved with The First Tee of West Michigan, a nonprofit youth development program that instills core values and healthy habits through golf. Dr. Payne continues to support his alma matter through generous donations, and will retire from his practice this year at the age of 70.


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