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2014 Grand Award Winners



  • Author:
    Paula M. Davenport
  • Published:
    Winter 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO MSUAA’S 2014 GRAND AWARD WINNERS

Distinguished Alumni Awards

             Given annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves by obtaining the highest level of professional accomplishment and who possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU.

  • Micheline Ann Maynard: Director,  Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism,  Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Phoenix, AZ
  • Lt. Gen. Judith Ann Fedder: Deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support, USAF Headquarters. Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
  • Patricia M. LoRusso, DO Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Innovative Medicine at Yale Cancer Center. New Haven, CT

Philanthropist Award

             Presented to an individual, family, association, corporation, or foundation with a proven record of providing major, on-going financial support and leadership to MSU. The candidates will have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic responsibility toward MSU; their generosity encourages others to take leadership roles in philanthropy toward MSU.   

  • Donald and Barbara J. Sawyer-Koch: Donald is an MSU professor emeritus of philosophy. Barbara is a former member of the MSU Board of Trustees. Together they have established numerous endowments at MSU and volunteer at university activities. East Lansing, MI

Alumni Service Award

             Presented to MSU alumni who have demonstrated continuing outstanding volunteer service to MSU and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level. Candidates must possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU.

  • James C. Williams: President of Williams Distributing, providing an array of building products and systems. Ada, MI
  • Bruce Ransom Leech: Founder, former CEO and board member of CrossCom National. Chicago, IL

Distinguished Young Alumni Award

             Given themselves by obtaining a high level of professional accomplishment and who possess high standards of integrity and character to positively reflect an enhance the prestige of MSU. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to MSU by continuing outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the University and/or participation and leadership in meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level.

  • Nathan Andrew Triplett: Mayor, City of East Lansing. East Lansing, MI
  • Kurt Charles Rothhaar: Software engineer, Boeing Co. St. Louis, MO
  • Travis Bernard Key: Associate packaging engineer, Kellogg Co. Portage, MI