Eastern Michigan University to
Honor Seven Outstanding Alumni May 10
YPSILANTI - Seven alumni and benefactors will be honored at Eastern
Michigan University's 42nd Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 10, at
the Ypsilanti Marriott. A cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by
dinner and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.
Those being honored are:
Arthur Rockall ('95), a sculptor/artist; and Dagny Rude ('94),
a sales representative in the women's health division of Watson Pharmaceuticals,
will receive Outstanding Young Alumni Awards. This award is presented to alumni
who have demonstrated the worth of their education through their post-college
achievements. Rockall, a former design superviser at Ford Motor Co., is a founding
member of the Stockbridge Area Artists Association. He received both the Schoolcraft
Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Northville Society Key People Award
in 1997. Rockall also has won several art show awards for his contemporary sculpture.
Rude co-founded and directed the first EMU Women's Center. She was a team member
of the Cook County, Ill., State's Attorney Child Abuse Intake and Interviewing
Task Force; Governor's State University Master of Public Administration Accredidation
Task Team; and the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline Joint Management Team. Rockall
resides in Stockbridge, while Rude comes from Flint.
Gayle Green ('85), assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction
for Macomb Intermediate School District, will receive an 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. Green, former
superintendent of Willow Run Community Schools, teaches classes in EMU's department
of leadership and counseling, and serves on committees and in advisory capacities
at EMU as well. She is a member of the Michigan Association of School Administrators
(MASA), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Green lives in Canton.
Ken Bruchanski ('75), chief operating officer of CIT Systems Leasing; and Raymond W. Lombardi ('76), chief executive officer of Deloitte & Touche Tax Technologies, Inc., will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards. This 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. Bruchanski was president of the EMU E-Club for four years and was an integral part of the development and completion of the EMU E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame. He also was the first student-athlete at EMU to be awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Bruchanski currently serves on the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees.
Lombardi has been employed at Deloitte & Touche Tax Technologies, Inc.
since obtaining his bachelor's degree in business administration from EMU in
1976. Throughout his career, Lombardi has maintained ties to Eastern, serving
on the department of accounting and finance advisory board; supporting programs
in the College of Business; and bringing other EMU alumni into active participation
with the College of Business. Bruchanski lives in Rochester Hills, while Lombardi
resides in Lake Forest, Ill.
Paul Tucker Jr. ('75), president/CEO/principal, Tucker, Young, Jackson,
Tull Inc.; and Roy Wilbanks ('70), retired president of the EMU Foundation
and retired executive vice president of EMU, will receive Dr. John W. Porter
Distinguished Service Awards. This award is given to individuals who have made
an outstanding contribution to Eastern Michigan University or its alumni association.
Tucker, a Vietnam veteran, started his full-service consulting firm, which provides
comprehensive environmental and civil engineering services, in 1984. He and
his wife, Evelyn, established an endowed scholarship to benefit African American
undergraduates in the College of Business in 2001. Tucker also has volunteered
his time as trustee on the EMU Foundation Board of Directors since 1999.
Wilbanks established the EMU Foundation in 1990 and served as part-time president
through its formative years. Before his retirement and permanent move to the
Foundation, Wilbanks served as vice president for University Relations and executive
vice president of EMU from 1985-1996. In 1989, he developed a Facilities Plan
for Instructional and Support Programs, which addressed everything from a new
library to McKenny Union renovations and campus beautification. Tucker lives
in Ann Arbor and Wilbanks lives in Ypsilanti.
Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by calling EMU Alumni Relations, 734.487.0250.