FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 15, 1999

CONTACT: Pat Mroczek

 

 

EMU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO HAND OUT TOP AWARDS MAY 15

YPSILANTI &emdash; Seven Eastern Michigan University alumni and friends will be honored by EMU's Alumni Association at its 38th Annual Alumni Awards dinner, Saturday, May 15, at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest.

Award recipients will be welcomed by peers, family members, Alumni Association representatives and University officials. They will be lauded with praise for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to professional achievement, service to the University and involvement in their communities.

Tickets are $45 and are available by calling the EMU Alumni Association at (734) 487-0250.

Awards will be presented to the following.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award will be presented to Heather L. Smith of Gregory and Andrew Raczkowski of Farmington Hills. The award is presented to graduates of less than 10 years who have been honored by their peers or otherwise recognized for excellence in their fields.

Smith earned her bachelor's degree from EMU in 1994 and her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in 1998. Smith served as a teaching assistant while an undergraduate and returned to EMU as an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department in 1998. She was the recipient of the Merit Scholarship from the Honor Society of the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter, the Bert W. Peet Award (for outstanding accomplishment in chemistry), the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award, Collins' Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry and the Excellence in General Chemistry Award.

Smith has multiple publications and presentations in her name and developed a rigorous mathematical model for optimization of chromatographic separations. As well as being described in research articles, her work is presented in the A-pages of Analytical Chemistry. Smith is one of EMU's outstanding faculty and a fine mentor to students.

Raczkowski is the House Majority Floor Leader and represents the 37th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, serving the Oakland County communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. He earned his bachelor's degree from EMU in 1991, completed Infantry Officer Leadership training, earned a master's degree from Central Michigan University and is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

An Infantry Company Commander, Raczkowski served as infantry soldier with the U.S. Army Reserve, as Infantry Company Executive Officer and as General's Aide. He earned the Army Paratroopers Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Medal, National Defense Medal and Army Reserve Achievement Medal. He is an active member of the Farmington Area Jaycees, the Farmington Optimist Club, Reserve Officer's Association, Women's Law Caucus, Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Association of Michigan.

The Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Melonie B. Colaianne of Northville. The award is given to graduates of 10 or more years and shown continued support to the University.

Colaianne is director of corporate affairs for Masco Corporation and vice president of the Masco Charitable Trust. She served at the Cranbrook Educational Community for eight years, most recently as its vice president and corporate secretary, before joining Masco in 1998. She was employed at EMU for 14 years where she served as associate executive vice president and secretary to the EMU Board of Regents. Colaianne earned her bachelor's degree in 1983 and master's degrees in 1994 at EMU. She was selected as a distinguished alumna of the College of Business in 1995.

She is a trustee of EMU's Foundation and former president and director of the Alumni Association Board. Colaianne serves on the Habitat for Humanity-Detroit and Detroit Public Television Foundation boards. She is a member of Leadership Oakland, the Council of Michigan Foundations, The Conference Board, the Detroit Chamber's Business Contributions Council and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. She is also a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Strategic Planning Committee, a managing partner of the FIG Investment group and was elected president of the recently-chartered EMU MBA Alumni Chapter.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to graduates of 25 years or more who have achieved extraordinary distinction in their chosen fields, demonstrated community service and shown continued interest in the University. The two recipients are:

Gloria Logan of Northville is the drama teacher/director of Plymouth Canton Schools. She is a member of the Theatre Association of Michigan, Thespian-International Dramatic Honor Society and the Educational Theatre Association. In 1988, Logan was awarded the Wayne County Intermediate School District Theatre Teacher of the Year Award. She received the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association Theatre Teacher of the Year award for 1988-89. Logan was selected to represent the U.S. at the Villach Theatre Festival in Austria as director of production and is the five-time recipient of an International Thespian Festival Main Stage Performance Invitation, Muncie, Ind.

Logan founded the Plymouth Park Players, a student performing group. She has implemented numerous elementary school workshops in creative drama and directed entertainment performances for the Chamber of Commerce, the local Rotary Club and Western Lakes Leadership Conferences. She earned EMU degrees in 1970 and 1978.

Larry Warren of Detroit is executive director of University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. In 1994 Warren became senior associate hospital director and chief operating officer with responsibilities for the operations, diagnostic treatment and nursing services for five specialty hospitals, a health center and the home care services division. In August 1996, he was named executive director of U-M Health system.

Warren serves on the Chelsea Community Hospital Board of Directors, Greater Detroit Area Health Council Board, the Board of Directors of the Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, and the Advisory Board for EMU's Department of Nursing. He is a trustee with the EMU Foundation. He has been a member of the Shrine High School Dad's Club since 1989 and has served as a preceptor for the Michigan School of Public Health Summer Enrichment Program for minority students for the past 11 years. He earned EMU degrees in 1972 and 1973.

The Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award was established in 1987 to recognize outstanding contributions to EMU or The Alumni Association of EMU. Recipients need not be graduates of Eastern Michigan University

The two recipients are:

Gary D. Hawks of Okemos is a senior consultant at MECCAtech, Inc. He was vice president for community development in the Davenport Educational System, 1993-98. He served as interim superintendent of public instruction for the State of Michigan twice and as deputy superintendent of public instruction for the Michigan Department of Education, 1988-93. He was vice president for university relations and secretary to the Board of Regents at EMU from 1972-81. He was EMU's executive director of university relations from 1970-72 and director of personnel from 1964-70.

Hawks is a member of numerous organizations which include: the American Association of School Administrators; Education Commission of the States; Council of Chief State School Officers; Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters; and Board of Visitors of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

Hawks has provided statewide educational leadership and helped to plan expansion of higher education through Michigan's community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. He received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

Charles T. Anderson of Ypsilanti is professor emeritus of chemistry at Eastern Michigan University. He joined the chemistry faculty in 1955. Anderson received his bachelor's degree from Fairmont State College and his doctorate from Ohio State University.

Anderson is a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, the American Association of University Professors, the Michigan College Chemistry Teachers Association, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Phi Nu Epsilon and the American Society of Allied Health Professions and volunteers for the Ypsilanti Kiwanis Club.

In 1958, Anderson was asked to serve as a marshal of students at EMU's commencement. He has assisted students throughout graduation for the past 41 years. He has continued to give up his weekends during graduation through 12 years of retirement. He has missed only one commencement in 41 years, when his daughter graduated from college.