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April 21 , 2008
CONTACT: Christine Mikolajzczak
christine.mikolajczak@emich.edu 734.487.0250

EMU to honor seven outstanding alumni awards dinner May 10

YPSILANTI — Seven Eastern Michigan University alumni, all having excelled in a range of areas (including health administration, education, business and professional basketball), will be honored at the 47th Annual Alumni Awards Dinner May 10 at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest.    

The dinner, hosted by the EMU Alumni Association, will feature a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a seated dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets for the awards dinner 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.

“Each year, we are indebted to EMU alumni and friends for nominating such worthy candidates for the awards.” said Vicki Reaume, executive director of alumni relations.  “This year’s distinguished honorees are an inspiration and exemplify the values and commitment that make our University great.”

The awards celebrate Eastern Michigan alumni who have demonstrated the value of their college education, exceptional service to humankind, and an ongoing interest in EMU. 

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to alumni whose achievements have been dignified by personal honors bestowed upon them by their peers, and who have demonstrated the worth of their education through their post-college achievements.  Generally, they have been graduates of Eastern Michigan University for less than 10 years.

Earl A. Boykins (’98) and Marie J. Webber (’04) will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award. Boykins plays for the NBA as guard for the Charlotte Bobcats. Webber is a health administrator.

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented to alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen field, clearly demonstrated the value of their college education, and maintained a continuing interest in Eastern Michigan University. Generally, they have been graduates of Eastern Michigan University for 10-25 years.

Susan R. Bodary (’86) and George Eason (’88) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Bodary is the executive director of EDvention and senior policy associate with Achieve, Inc.Eason is an attendance officer for the Detroit Public Schools district and president of EMU’s Black Alumni Chapter.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have achieved extraordinary distinction in their chosen field, demonstrated exceptional service to humankind, and maintained a continuing interest in Eastern Michigan University.  Generally, they have been graduates of Eastern Michigan University for more than 25 years.

Louis M. Bitonti (’71) and Bruce Sanders (’77) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Bitonti ischief operating officer for MVP Collaborative. Sanders is an attorney with the law office of Bruce Sanders, and is an authority in securities law.

The Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Eastern Michigan University or to the Alumni Association.

Daniel L. Raglin (’84) will receive the Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award. Raglin is a retired associate administrator for industrial relations with General Motors Corporation and member of the College of Arts and Sciences Resource Board.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences, and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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