Eastern Michigan to honor outstanding alumni, leaders May 8

by Pamela Young, Published April 29, 2010

YPSILANTI - Distinguished alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields will be honored at Eastern Michigan University’s 49th annual Alumni Awards Dinner, along with a longtime university vice president. The event will be held Saturday, May 8, at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest.

Hosted by the EMU Alumni Association, the evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased by contacting the Office for Alumni Relations at (734) 487-0250.

“The achievements of our award recipients reflect the knowledge and values they learned at Eastern Michigan,” says Vicki Reaume, executive director of Alumni Relations. “We are proud to honor them and appreciate our alumni and friends nominating such a stellar group of individuals.”

Leon Stanley Clark, Jr., (’95) of Detroit, Molly Luempert-Coy (’91, ’92) of Saline, and Dara T. Munson (’96) of West Bloomfield, are this year’s recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award. Clark was a vice president with Prestige Automotive Group and helped it secure a Mercedes-Benz dealership. His award will be presented posthumously. Luempert-Coy is a civic-minded regional relations manager for DTE Energy who has been honored by that company for customer service. Munson, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, focuses on the needs of at-risk children professionally as well as through her volunteer activities.

Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to George L. Cogar, Ph.D., (’74, ’77), of Charleston, SC, Robert Skandalaris, (’76) of Bloomfield Hills, and Maureen E. Thomas, Esq. (’81) of White Lake. Cogar is a psychologist and private investor who recommended a special Veterans Administration program to treat female Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Skandalaris is chairman and founder of Quantum Ventures, a corporate development firm and investor, and founding sponsor of the Blessing Basket project, which works to reduce poverty in developing countries. Thomas is a senior executive consultant in legal and risk management operations for Building Materials Holding Corporation, an emeritus director of Habitat for Humanity-Detroit, and chair of the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees.

Ralph R. Pasola (’71, ’77, ’86) and Laurence N. Smith (’99H), both from Ann Arbor, will receive Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Awards. Pasola began volunteering at the university under Porter and kept on going, earning accolades from multiple departments on campus. Smith is emeritus vice president, University Marketing and Student Affairs, and an emeritus member of the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees. He co-authored “Eastern Michigan University: A Sesquicentennial Portrait.”

“These awards allow us to honor EMU alumni and friends who have demonstrated leadership and shown a commitment to service to others,” says Reaume.

Pamela Young

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