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EMU and the Alumni Association will honor exceptional alumni at the 52nd annual Alumni Awards ceremony

by Paul Martell, Published February 2, 2013


Communication, Theatre Arts, Media, Philosophy, Physical Education and Political Science are represented by the award recipients at the 52nd annual Alumni Awards Dinner. EMU will also honor two CEOs in the ceremony that will take place Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Ypsilanti Marriott and Eagle Crest Conference Center. The EMU Alumni Association will start the evening with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., which will be followed by the awards ceremony and dinner at 6 p.m. in the Marriott Ballroom. Tables are available for reservation for $400, and individual seats are available for $55. To purchase tickets, please call the Office for Alumni Relations at (734) 487-0250.

"EMU has been recognizing its exceptional alumni at an annual dinner for 52 years..." said Ann Thompson, executive director of alumni relations, "and it fills us all with pride to witness Eastern's tradition of producing passionate, successful and generous alumni."

There are seven award recipients this year. Suzie Staley-Schlott ('01, '04) is the recipient of the Young Alumni Award. Staley-Schlott is a Governor's Service Award Finalist for both 2007 and 2010. This honor is awarded to the most exemplary volunteers in Michigan. She has also donated her time to a plethora of organizations including The Red Wagon Project, the Westland Public Library and the Westland Youth Assistance Program.

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented to John Rutherford ('95). Rutherford is a high school teacher and theatre director. He was selected as the 2011 Creative Writing Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Council for Teachers of English, and was also inducted into the Michigan Educational Hall of Fame. Rutherford still supports EMU through volunteer activities.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to Kirk Profit ('75), Annmarie Simonson ('82), and Jim Streeter ('73). Profit has a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and has a diverse background including teaching at EMU and owning/directing Governmental Consultant Services, Inc. Simonson is a current advocate of student Forensics at EMU, a member of the State Bar of Texas and was recently inducted into EMU Forensic's Hall of Fame. Streeter has worked at EMU since 1974 and received the "Best of the Best" honor from the Detroit Sports Broadcasters and Writers Association.

Pat McInnis and Tom Sidlik are receiving the Porter Service Award. McInnis is the current CEO of Fathead LLC. and former President and COO of Quicken Loans. He has also given much of his time and resources to the success of EMU students. Sidlik is the former Chair of the Board of Regents at EMU and the Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts. He also worked to organize and implement a fundraising drive to support the University Capital Campaign.

"EMU is fortunate to have alumni of the highest standard to honor. This year's recipients are diverse examples of what we want for all our graduates," said Thompson.