by Pamela Young, Published April 14, 2011
Distinguished Eastern Michigan University alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields will be honored at the University's 50th annual Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 7, at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest.
The evening starts with a 5 p.m. reception followed by dinner and the program at 6 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight.
"This year's recipients represent the highest level of distinction in their chosen fields," said Dan Mathis, interim executive director of alumni relations at EMU. "Complementing their collective professional success is a remarkable commitment to service at Eastern and in their respective communities."
This year's awardees are:
Brandon A. Jessup ('05) of Detroit and Robert E. Murkowski ('06) of Brownstown Township, who will be honored with the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
Jessup is chief executive officer and chairman of Michigan Forward, a non-profit think tank dedicated to urban public policy research and advocacy. Murkowski, a former student government president at EMU, is an attorney at Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone PLC.
Dave Coverly ('87) of Ann Arbor, and Erik J. Henriksen ('83) of Phoenix, will receive Alumnus Achievement Awards.
Coverly is a nationally-syndicated cartoonist and creator of the comic strip, "Speed Bump." Henriksen is an award-winning professor of physiology at the University of Arizona.
Earle B. Higgins Sr., ('06) of Farmington Hills, will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Higgins, who played basketball for EMU, is chief executive officer and chairman of Pro-Tech Group Inc. and Integrated Systems Design Inc.
Also being honored that evening is Kathleen D. Tinney, of Ann Arbor, emeritus associate vice president of university relations at EMU. She will receive the Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award for her university service, support of women's athletics and leadership abilities.
The event is hosted by the EMU Alumni Association. For more information, call the Office for Alumni Relations at 734.487.0250.