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May 8 , 2007
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
734.487.4400
ward.mullens@emich.edu

EMU to honor seven at annual alumni awards dinner May 19

YPSILANTI - Seven Eastern Michigan University alumni, all having excelled in a range of areas (from teaching to comedy to public service and business) will be honored at the 46th Annual Alumni Awards Dinner May 19 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.

“We are carrying on the tradition of honoring those who have committed their time and energies to EMU,” said Vicki Reaume, executive director of alumni relations.  “This university could not have achieved the success we have today without the commitment of individuals such as the distinguished group we are honoring this year.”

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.

Dr. Brendan B. Kelly (’98, ’00), director of forensics and assistant professor at the University of West Florida, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. This 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. 

John R. Heffron (’93), winner of the NBC television show “Last Comic Standing,” will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. This award is given 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.

Michelle M. Mueller (’74) and Richard W. Neu (’77) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Mueller is the vice president of customer service for San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company. Neu retired as chief financial officer for Charter One Financial, Inc.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to alumni who have achieved extraordinary distinction in their chosen field, demonstrated unusual 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.

Dr. William E. Fennel, William Malcolm (’76), and H.F. (Bud) Schimmelpfenneg (’68) will receive the Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Eastern Michigan University.  Recipients need not be graduates of Eastern Michigan University.

Fennel is an emeritus professor/department head of biology at EMU. Malcolm, is a probation/case worker for Washtenaw County Family Court. Schimmelpfenneg retired from Ford Motor Company where he served in corporate staff-human resources.

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