MAY 8, 2000

Contact Pamela Young






YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will honor eight outstanding alumni at its 39th Annual EMU Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 13, 6 p.m., at the Lakeshore Ballroom, Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award will be presented to Anne J. Esposito ('91, '93), of Bloomfield Hills, president of Avion Management Services, Inc., and Paul S. McMullen ('95), of Ypsilanti, an accountant and Olympic track and field athlete.

The award is presented to outstanding alumni who graduated less than 10 years ago; have been honored for outstanding achievement by their peers; and who have demonstrated the worth of their education through post-college achievements.

The Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Award will be awarded to Dale E. Heydlauff ('79), of Upper Arlington, Ohio, senior vice president of environmental affairs at American Electric Power, Inc., and Gerald J. Grady, Jr. ('85), of Canton, principal and shareholder of Follmer, Rudzewicz & Co.

The award is presented to alumni who have been graduates of EMU for 10 to 25 years, and who have achieved distinction in their field; who have demonstrated the value of their college education; and who have maintained a continuing interest in Eastern Michigan.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Shirley Spork ('49), of Palm Desert, Calif., a professional golfer and founding member of the LPGA, and Gerald Welch ('60), of Monroe, president of Monroe County Community College.

The award is presented to alumni who have achieved extraordinary distinction in their field; demonstrated unusual service to mankind; and maintained a continuing interest in Eastern Michigan. Awardees generally have been graduates of EMU for more than 25 years.

The Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award will be given to Ronald Oestrike ('54), of Ypsilanti, retired EMU baseball coach and professor emeritus of the department of health, physical education, recreation and dance at Eastern Michigan, and Dennis M. Beagen ('66), of Northville, department head and professor of communication and theatre arts at Eastern Michigan.

Named for former EMU president Dr. John W. Porter, the award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Eastern Michigan University or the Alumni Association of EMU. Recipients need not be graduates of Eastern Michigan.